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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Webinar: Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller

Start Date: 9/26/2018 2:00 PM EDT
End Date: 9/26/2018 3:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller

September 26, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Jill Pasquarella, Supervising Attorney, Louisiana Center for Children's Rights & Carol Kolinshak, Attorney

About the Webinar:  The advances in the science around adolescent brain development provide for more than an explanation of what most criminologists know: that children age out of “delinquent” or “criminal” behavior. This new science is a tool that lawyers must use to inform the way they interact with their clients, analyze evidence, negotiate cases and defend their clients to a judge or jury. This webinar discusses what you should be doing to best represent your 18 and over clients, and how the jurisprudence in Miller v. Alabama and Graham v. Florida apply to them and to you.

About the Faculty: Jill Pasquarella is a Supervising Attorney at the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights ("LCCR"). LCCR is committed to ending extreme sentencing for children – particularly life without parole sentences – through litigation and policy change. Ms. Pasquarella works closely with Louisiana legislators and stakeholders in these reform efforts in addition to providing training and resources to litigators representing children facing extreme sentences around the State. Ms. Pasquarella is the recipient of the 2016 Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Lucy McGough Juvenile Justice Award. Before joining LCCR, she was a Supervising Attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders where she both supervised staff attorneys and defended adults charged with the most serious felonies and children prosecuted as adults. Ms. Pasquarella graduated cum laude from Georgetown Law where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Pasquarella was a human rights and humanitarian aid professional working in Uganda and Nicaragua. As an undergraduate, Ms. Pasquarella received awards for her international and academic work from Barnard College of Columbia University where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Religion and Human Rights.

Carol Kolinchak is a solo practitioner who has represented clients at all stages of proceedings in state and federal court.  Previously, Carol served as the Trial Level Compliance Officer for the Louisiana Public Defender Board (LPDB). Prior to joining LPDB, Ms. Kolinchak was Special Counsel at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR). In her capacity as special counsel, she played a leadership role in the development, implementation and coordination of litigation strategies and legal advocacy efforts that have led to justice reform in Louisiana. Before joining LCCR, she spent six and a half years as the Legal Director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. She coordinated litigation, advocacy, and legislative efforts to end juvenile life without parole in Louisiana, including implementation of the Miller v. Alabama and Graham v. Florida decisions. In partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, she represented Graham-impacted individuals in Louisiana. In 2011, Carol received the Lucy McGough Juvenile Justice Award from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Prior to joining JJPL, Carol was the Deputy Director of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana (CPCPL). In that capacity, she provided direct supervision of attorneys and interns in a 20 person office responsible for providing representation to all death sentenced inmates in state and federal post-conviction proceedings in Louisiana. In addition, Carol was a member of the Orleans Parish Conflict Panel primarily handling the penalty phase of capital trials. Previously, she has been a staff attorney at both the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center and the Loyola Death Penalty Resource Center.
Carol received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University in 1982. She is a 1993 graduate of Northeastern University Law School in Boston and has been a member of the Louisiana Bar since 1993.

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