Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming HAT Seminars 

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.


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.


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.


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

The tenth Capital Mitigation Skills Workshop, offered annually since 2012 and twice this year, will consist of a combination of lectures and interactive exercises designed to develop the basic skills required in the development of mitigation evidence in death penalty cases. Utilizing a case hypothetical, participants will brainstorm about potential mitigation themes and identify “red flags” requiring investigation. Life-history records will be reviewed to identify themes, hypotheses, questions, and investigative follow-up. Interviewing exercises in small groups will cover a variety of areas, including trauma, the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, and cognitive impairments and adaptive deficits. Other exercises will include working with mental health experts, drafting declarations, and framing non-statutory mitigating factors. The seminar will also emphasize the importance of case organization and the basic mitigation tool kit (including genograms and chronologies).

Thursday, May 30- Sunday, June 2, 2019
UMKC Law School

Attendance will be limited to thirty-six participants, who will work in six small groups. Priority will be given to mitigation specialists and attorneys who are directly engaged in the mitigation function. We are also committed to increasing the diversity of the pool of professionals engaged in this work.

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 use this SEMINAR REGISTRATION. You will be placed in “pending” status until we have an opportunity to confirm your eligibility for the program, and we will notify you within one week about whether you have been accepted for the program. If you are accepted, you will receive a confirmation email of your enrollment in the program, and you will be provided information on how to make your hotel reservation.
**Those who register will have an opportunity to complete a voluntary self-identification questionnaire that helps us collect demographic data about the people we are reaching in advertising this program. It is purely voluntary, and the information collected will not affect anyone's eligibility to participate in the program.

Check in for the seminar is 4:00-5:00 pm, Thursday, May 29, 2019. The program will begin promptly at 5:00 pm and will run until 8:00 pm on Thursday. It will continue with full days on Friday and Saturday. The workshop will conclude Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon.

Faculty will include lawyers, mitigation specialists, and mental health experts.

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.