Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming HAT Seminars 

On-line January 21-22 and 27-28, 2022.

This seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to: federal defenders; Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys and other defense team members; attorneys, mitigation specialists, and investigators 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.  While registration is free to attendees, Defender Services Office Training Division of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts must pay a fee for each registration, so please only register for this virtual event if you are able to attend.


Beginning in 2012, the National Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel Project (NHAT) and the National Mitigation Coordinator created and offered a hands-on interactive capital mitigation skills workshop to teach the basics of the mitigation function to mitigation specialists, investigators, and lawyers who were relatively new to the work. This program was offered ten times in four different locations. NHAT and the National Mitigation Coordinator also regularly offered presentations at the CHU track of the annual Orientation Seminar for Assistant Federal Defenders in Santa Fe. Both programs have been temporarily suspended since the spring of 2020 because of COVID. We are attempting to fill this void with a set of plenary presentations on the basics of the mitigation function. While designed primarily for new mitigation specialists, the program is open to other capital defense team members who are new to capital habeas work.

Mitigation 101 will cover tools of the mitigation trade, interviewing basics, gathering, and analyzing life-history records, race and culture, mental health and trauma, the law of mitigation, and more.

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.

Participating attorneys will be responsible for seeking CLE credits on their own. At the conclusion of the program, those interested in seeking credit will be provided a certificate of attendance.

This online program will begin at 12:50 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Closing Remarks will take place from 3:15 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. (EST), Friday, January 28, 2022. The link to access the conference will be provided 3-5 days prior to the virtual conference. Please do not share this link with anyone who has not registered. Thank you for your interest in this very important program. If you have any logistical questions or require additional information, please contact Chastain Smith via email at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov. All registration inquiries should go to Rakita Johnson at