Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming HAT Seminars 

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

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 goal of this training initiative, designed by Professor Amsterdam, is to improve the quality of strategic planning and advocacy on behalf of death-sentenced inmates in the Supreme Court of the United States and in the process of obtaining or avoiding Supreme Court review. While all facets of Supreme Court practice will be addressed, the emphasis of the program will be on the pre-merits stages of Supreme Court litigation, including tactics and techniques for writing persuasive petitions for certiorari, opposing certiorari when the client won below, handling amici curiae, etc. The program will combine lectures with group case-planning sessions. In addition to HAT counsel (John Blume, Mark Olive, Wendy Peoples and Keir Weyble), the faculty generally consists of experienced Supreme Court practitioners. Past faculty has included former Solicitor General Seth Waxman, Bryan Stevenson (Executive Director of EJI), former Supreme Court clerks and law professors James Liebman (Columbia Law School), Trevor Morrison (NYU Law School), Michael Dorf (Cornell Law School), and Jordan Steiker (University of Texas Law School).

SEMINAR REGISTRATION:
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 REGISTER HERE. 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.

We expect that on-site registration and materials pick-up will start at 11:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, and that the seminar will conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

HOTEL:
Details on how to make hotel reservations will be provided in the confirmation email. The hotel is within walking distance of NYU School of Law.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Chastain Smith via email at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov.

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

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 Anthony G. Amsterdam Capital Post-Conviction Skills Seminar (The Habeas Institute) is an intensive learning by doing seminar designed to teach the skills necessary to prepare and conduct a post-conviction hearing in a capital case. This program is offered to federal defenders, CJA panel attorneys, and other attorneys who either represent or are interested in representing a death-sentenced inmate in post-conviction proceedings. A National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) case file containing materials from the state court record in a capital case, together with evidence and information discovered after conviction, provides the program’s backdrop. Participants will brainstorm issues, interview and prepare witnesses, determine how to present proof, and conduct direct and cross-examinations of witnesses. This program will complement existing continuing legal education programs and ensure that the profession provides competent post-conviction representation in capital cases.

Program Dates and Location
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - Sunday, July 21, 2019
Duke University School of Law
210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Enrollment is limited to forty-eight licensed attorneys either currently representing or interested in representing a death-sentenced inmate in collateral review. Attorneys from Federal Defender Offices’ Capital Habeas Units will be given priority in acceptance if this program goes to waitlist. However, there are plenty of slots for all who are interested. To register, please click REGISTER HERE. If assistance is needed, please email Lauren Billups, Lauren_Billups@ao.uscourts.gov.
When registering for our training events, we highly advise that you do not opt-out of emails during the registration process. If you opt-out, you will not receive any emails pertaining to the program including the confirmation email. We promise to not spam you with any emails other than training.

ACCOMMODATIONS
A group block of sleeping rooms has been reserved for you at the Marriott Durham McPherson Duke University Medical Center Area, 1108 West Main Street, Durham, NC. Details regarding how to make reservations can be found in the confirmation email.

SCHEDULE
Check in for the seminar is 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019. The program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 12:00
noon. The Habeas Institute employs the highly effective learning by doing method pioneered by NITA in which small groups of participants are teamed with faculty members and perform skills exercises and receive supportive critiques. The program schedule and course materials will be emailed to registered participants approximately ten days prior to the start date. All participants are expected to prepare in advance for the seminar.

FACULTY
Faculty members have been selected based on their expertise in capital habeas advocacy and NITA training technique. Faculty has included Anthony Amsterdam, John Blume, Mark Olive, Wendy Peoples, Emily Paavola and Keir Weyble of the Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel, and Sean O’Brien, Sean Kennedy, Don Beskind, Mark Bookman, Jennifer Merrigan, Mary McComb, Margo Rocconi, Dr. George Woods, Jonathan Brown, Lou Natali and many others. The faculty will help you refine your skills and maximize your strengths and abilities through lectures, demonstrations, and critiques.

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

The seminar will be held on August 8-11, 2019 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. Lodging rate at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center is $125. 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. The AO also will make available, to a limited number of applicants, funding to cover travel expenses (airfare and/or lodging only).  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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.

FACULTY
In addition to HAT counsel John Blume, Mark Olive, Wendy Peoples, Keir Weyble and Emily Paavola, and national mitigation coordinator Russ Stetler, we will be joined in Pittsburgh by many nationally-recognized experts on federal habeas corpus and other areas of capital litigation. In the past, the faculty has included Bryan Stevenson, Tony Amsterdam, Don Verilli, George Kendal, Sandra Babcock, Julie Brain, Steve Bright, David Bruck, Dick Burr, Jerome Delpino, Robert Dunham, Tim Ford, Brad Wendel, Wilbert Rideau, Ruth Friedman, Sheri Johnson, Denny LeBoeuf, Maurie Levin, Rob Lee, James Liebman, Jim Marcus, Robin Maher, Jenny Merrigan, Teresa Norris, Sean O’Brien, Rob Owen, Cathleen Price, Barry Scheck, Christina Swarns, Lindsey Vann and Kathy Wayland.

REGISTER TODAY!
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 Lauren Billups at Lauren_Billups@ao.uscourts.gov.

SCHEDULE
Onsite registration materials pick-up will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 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 11, 2019.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Limited funds are available to cover airfare and/or lodging costs for individuals who require financial assistance to attend this seminar. You must be currently appointed to, or expect to soon be appointed to, a federal capital habeas case to be eligible for payment of your travel costs. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email which includes the link to the financial assistance application. Requests will be prioritized by financial need and the extent of the applicant’s involvement in federal capital habeas corpus representation. Please be sure you provide all required information and your application reaches us by the indicated due date. Incomplete requests and those received after the deadline will not be considered. If you apply for financial assistance, please do not make airline reservations until you are notified about a decision on your application and furnished with information on how to secure those reservations. Individuals who apply for scholarships will be notified whether they have been granted a requested financial assistance award by June 24, 2019 along with instructions on how to make airline reservations. Those in Federal Defender offices cannot apply for financial assistance.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Chastain Smith via email at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov.

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.