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2017 Capital Seminar

By Chris
From: Nov 10, 2017 8:00 AM to Nov 11, 2017 5:15 PM
at Utah Law & Justice Center (State Bar), 645 S 200 E, SLC, UT

2017 Capital Seminar


@ Utah Law & Justice Center (State Bar), 645 S 200 E, SLC, UT

November 10th, 2017

8:00 am - 5:15 pm


8 hours of CLE (including 1 hour ethics)



Early-Bird (on/before 10/31/17)
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Regular Price (after 10/31/17)
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Public Defender NON-Member

*If you are not yet a Private Practice member and are looking to register for the seminar and join UACDL, please contact Executive Director, Stewart Gollan at: or at: (801) 363-2976 to discuss combined discount options for joining and registering

*Non-Attorneys and students (members or not) wishing to attend, please contact Executive Director, Stewart Gollan directly at: or at: (801) 363-2976 to discuss options.


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(Tentative) Agenda:

7:30-8:00 am
8:00-10:00 am
Winning in the Worst Case Scenario.  -Kristen Nelsen and Rebekka Higgs.
Two members of the successful James Holmes team (mass theatre shooting) from Colorado promise to regale us with stories of their successful defense, including jury selection, jury instructions in penalty phase, and how they used mental health as mitigation.
10:00-10:15 am
10:15-11:15 am
Capital Pre-Trial Litigation or "There's Nothing Stopping You, Your Honor" and Getting The Plea Down: Avoiding Death And Other Unpleasantries.  -Marc Bookman: Director, Atlantic Center for Capital Representation
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Mitigation But Were Afraid To Ask.  -Marc Bookman
12:15-1:00 pm
1:00-2:00 pm
Anatomy of a Death Penalty Phase Video.   -Doug Passon and Jeremy Bogart.
In this presentation we look at a recent Arizona death penalty trial where the lawyers determined the case needed a mitigation video to help tell the life story of the accused. Counsel for the defendant (Jeremy Bogart) and the creator of the penalty phase video (Doug Passon) will take a deep dive into the rationale for creating the video, the process and pitfalls of production, the outcome, and what was learned from the experience.
2:00-3:00 pm
The Crazy Ways People Try to Use Mental Health Defenses Without First Investigating Them Properly.  -Kristina Swickard: Director, Mental Health Division, Salt Lake Legal Defender Association
3:00-3:15 pm
3:15-4:15 pm
Case Law Update  -Lindsey Layer
4:15-5:15 pm
The Ethical Challenges of Capital Case Appeals in Utah.   -Sam Newton & Panel of Ethics Experts.
Until recently Sam Newton was post-conviction counsel for the only two death penalty defendants sentenced to death in Utah this century. Trial practitioners will learn how an appellate attorney identifies and investigates mistakes by trial attorneys, and everyone can discuss whether it is even ethical for attorneys to agree to handle death penalty appeals under the current system.




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