Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming HAT Seminars 

Race, Policing and Criminal “Justice” in 2021
Sponsored by the National Habeas Assistance and Training Project & Cornell Death Penalty Project
June 3-4, 2021

The content of this specialty program, first held in 2017, focuses primarily this year on issues related to race, policing, and the criminal justice system. Faculty will discuss new research and lessons learned from litigation regarding the persistence of over-policing and use of excessive force and other violations of the constitutional rights of people of color. There will also be small-group optional discussion sections discussing the various sessions. Attendance for the discussion sections, but not the conference, will be limited to the first ninety-six persons that register to participate in them. Please only register for the small group discussion sections if you are committed to attending and participating.  Note, however, that this seminar is designed for and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys, attorneys working in Capital Habeas Units and state capital post-conviction offices, attorneys working in traditional Federal Public Defender and Community Defender Offices, and mitigation specialists and investigators working on capital post-conviction cases. 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.

The conference announcement provides instructions for seminar registration.

Eighteenth National Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence in Capital Cases
On-line May 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th, 2021, plus four introductory track presentations on May 3rd and 4th for persons new, or relatively new to capital representation. 

This unique training initiative will bring together nationally recognized mental health experts, mitigation specialists, and capital defense attorneys to discuss new developments and recurring issues related to social history investigation and the comprehensive development and integration of mitigation evidence at all stages of representation in capital cases. 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 500 total participants.

The program announcement provides instructions for seminar registration.