Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming HAT Seminars 

Twenty-Seventh Annual National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar
August 4-7, 2022 (Philadelphia, PA)
Element/W Philadelphia. 

This seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to federal defenders; Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys; attorneys interested in representing a death-sentenced inmate in federal collateral review; state court practitioners who are currently appointed or seeking appointment in a federal capital habeas corpus proceeding; attorneys in state capital post-conviction defender offices, mitigation specialists and investigators providing services pursuant to the CJA. 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. Attendance for this years’ program is limited to 130.

This nationally-recognized program, the only one of its kind, focuses on representation in capital habeas cases in toto. Among other topics, experienced capital habeas litigators will address claim identification, various aspects of capital post-conviction mitigation and mental health experts, the litigation of issues related to intellectual disability, mental illness, race and methods of execution, substantive and procedural habeas corpus jurisprudence and clemency practice. The program will also have a number of focused sessions devoted to providing attendees with information regarding the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions (and cases currently pending in the Court) on capital post-conviction practice, as well as sessions addressing new developments and trends in the federal courts of appeal and other state and federal courts. The program will also address new legislative initiatives and administrative
actions that may affect capital habeas representation. Individual case consultations will also be available, upon request, to persons attending the seminar.

Prior to registering for this program, you will be asked to read and agree to Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Defender Services Office Training Division's Health & Safety Protocols. While we understand guidance and policies are constantly changing, we will adjust accordingly and communicate such updates to participants in advance of the program. We also ask that you review current protocols and guidelines before registering and plan accordingly. For current COVID Community Levels by County, please visit CURRENT CDC COVID-19 Info.

CLE (Please read before registering)
Important CLE Credit Information:
     • In an effort to minimize reporting fees per attorney/program, if you are barred in more than one of the following states NM, TN, PA, NE, attendance will be reported to one state only. The attorney is responsible for making sure the appropriate state and bar number is on file with the DSO Training Division.
     • For applicable states, attendance will be reported using the bar number(s) and state(s) listed on the registration form submitted for this program.

For us to report your attendance for CLE purposes, during online registration, you must provide the following information: Bar numbers, including their respective states. Only include those states where you are seeking credit.
Attorneys seeking CLE credit must ensure that they stop by the program information desk for daily check-in.
Failure to follow these steps will result in us being unable to process your CLE credits.

Since registration for this years’ seminar is limited to 130 attendees, we ask that you only register if you are pretty confident that you will be able to attend. Once registration fills up, a waitlist will be created. Federal Defender staff, please note that the CIN for this workshop is CONF220035. We are now using a new registration system 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 REGISTER HERE. If assistance is needed with registration, please email Rakita Johnson at Rakita_Johnson@ao.uscourts.gov.

Onsite registration materials pick-up will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, and the program will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. The seminar is scheduled to conclude around 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Details on how to make hotel reservations will be provided in the confirmation email.

If you have any questions regarding registration or CLE, please contact Rakita Johnson via email Rakita_Johnson@ao.uscourts.gov. If you require additional information about logistics or the program, please contact Chastain Smith via email at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov.