Capital Defense Resources And Training

LPDB Guidelines for Capital Defense (2010)

Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Death Penalty Cases (2008)

American Bar Association Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (2003)

U.S. Department of Justice Standards for Indigent Defense Systems: Capital Case Representation (2000)

ABA Federal Death Penalty Cases: Recommendations Concerning the Cost and Quality of Defense Representation (1998)

American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry Mental Health Evaluation in Capital Cases: Standards of Practice (1994)

American Bar Association Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (1989)

Announcing the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Death is Different Seminar: Telling Your Client's Story
March 17-19, 2016, Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel.

The seminar will provide training from national and Florida experts on forensic science, mental health developments, systemic challenges to the death penalty, jury selection and closing arguments, all woven together with the threads of narrative and story telling.

Featured speakers: Scharlette Holdman, Adam Benforado, Henderson Hill, Rob Smith, Marc Bookman, James Garbarino, and Stephen Gold. Colorado Public Defenders Tamara Brady and Kristen Nelson will team up with Mary Adkins, co-creator of the "Life of the Law" podcast (, for a double session on how weaving your narrative throughout the entire trial can get you twelve life sentences.

But wait, there's more: The seminar will be followed by a *Bonus Session* for postconviction attorneys!

Click the link below for registration information, agenda, and speaker bios. Please join us in the sun!

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