Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming HAT Seminars 

Sixteenth National Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence in Capital Cases
March 14-17, 2019
Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

This seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to, federal defenders, CJA panel attorneys, mitigation specialists, investigators, and attorneys interested in representing an inmate in federal collateral review, and state court practitioners who are currently appointed or seeking appointment in a capital proceeding in federal court. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for attorneys will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions. There will be no tuition and materials will be provided to participants free of charge.  Space is limited to 200 attendees.  If you have any logistical questions or require additional information, please contact Chastain Smith via email at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This seminar has been held annually since the Supreme Court decision in Wiggins v. Smith, 539 U.S. 510 (2003), which recognized the need for thorough mitigation investigation and acknowledged the importance of the non-lawyer who had compiled the mitigation in the successful post-conviction presentation. A decade and a half after Wiggins, this year's seminar will address cutting edge scientific research relevant to the development and presentation of mitigating evidence, changes in the constantly evolving legal landscape, and new empirical research addressing how jurors respond to sentencing phase evidence. The program will also include presentations on the use of narrative, finding and telling humanizing stories, the use of social history investigation in litigating Atkins claims, the importance of pleas, how to select appropriate experts and frame referral questions for mental health evaluations, and strategies for obtaining adequate time and funding. As always, the faculty will include university-based researchers as well as litigators, mitigation specialists, and mental health experts. Breakout sessions will include a beginners' track on mitigation basics as well as advanced workshops on specialized problems.

SEMINAR REGISTRATION

A new registration system is in use which does not require a log-in and password to register for our events. We ask that you use your work email address for registration purposes and to help eliminate duplication. For registration, please use this REGISTER HERE. A confirmation email will be sent to you after registering. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder.

SCHEDULE

We expect that on-site registration and materials pick-up will commence at 3:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, and the seminar will conclude by 12:00 noon on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Eighth National Seminar on Forensic Evidence and the Criminal Law
April 25-28, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
Denver, CO

This seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to: federal defenders, CJA panel attorneys, attorneys interested in representing an inmate in federal collateral review, and state court practitioners who are currently appointed or seeking appointment in a federal habeas corpus proceeding. There will be no tuition, and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.  If you have any logistical questions or require additional information, please contact Chastain Smith via email at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The September 2016 report of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology underscored the continuing need for clarity about the scientific standards for the validity and reliability of forensic methods. This program will assemble some of the nation’s foremost scientific and legal experts to discuss what progress has been made since the landmark report on forensic science deficiencies by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009. We will review the latest developments in the fields most relevant to wrongful convictions in capital cases, including DNA, eyewitness identification, false confessions, fingerprints, and firearms identification, as well as new challenges in computer forensics, cell phone evidence, and digital technology. Other topics will include statistics and the impact of human factors and biases on forensic practice. An agenda will be e-mailed to participants once all the faculty have been confirmed.

SEMINAR REGISTRATION

A new registration system is in use which does not require a log-in and password to register for our events. We ask that you use your work email address for registration purposes and to help eliminate duplication. For registration, please use this REGISTER HERE. A confirmation email will be sent to you after registering. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder.

SCHEDULE

On-site registration materials pick-up will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019 and the program will begin at 5:00 p.m. The seminar is scheduled to conclude around 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Capital Mitigation Skills Workshop II
May 30-June 2, 2019
UMKC School of Law
Kansas City, MO

Registration is set to open mid to late March 2019.

Anthony G. Amsterdam Supreme Court Advocacy Institute
June 14-16, 2019
NYU Law School
New York, NY

Registration will open late March 2019.

The Anthony G. Amsterdam Capital Post-Conviction Skills Seminar (Habeas Institute/NITA)
July 18-21, 2019
Duke Law School
Durham, NC

Registration will open early April 2019.

Twenty-Fourth Annual National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar (NHS)
August 8-11, 2019
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Registration will open in late April 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: A hotel room block is secured for all training events listed. However, the room block is limited and not guaranteed until the room block cut-off date.  Those details are provided in the confirmation email you receive after registering for the conference.  We suggest that you make your hotel reservations as soon as you receive confirmation of your attendance. Please be aware that if you elect to Opt-Out of email communication from us in the registration system, you will not receive the confirmation email or any other emails from us.  We highly advise against Opting Out.