The Times They Are A Changin’ In The Criminal Courts

This program track may qualify for up to 12.0 hours MCLE, all of which may be Criminal Law Specialization (up to 4.0 hours MCLE including 4.0 Specialization Credits daily). Attendees are invited to enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, from 7:30 am to 8:15 am.

Pretty sure Bob Dylan wasn’t thinking about the Arizona Courts when fifty years ago he sang “the times they are a-changing,” but his lyrics accurately describe the current state of our criminal justice system. Between the Fair Justice for All recommendations, rule changes, specialty courts, the explosion of social media, and the public’s daily exposure to on-the-street videos and CSI shows, there is an onslaught of changes in the way that cases are seen, tried, and handled. Join us at the beautiful Hotel del Coronado as this year’s Criminal Law Track addresses these challenges with unique perspectives presented by an outstanding faculty.

TRACK CHAIRS: Gary Kula, City of Phoenix Public Defender’s Office

MONDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

Criminal Jeopardy Game

Dust off your Black’s Law Dictionary and hornbooks for this review of Criminal Justice issues ranging from Inchoate Crimes to the Rules of Evidence.

Countdown of the Top Seven
Cases/Decisions You Need to Know

We’ll have our own Coronado Ball drop as we review the seven most important decisions coming out of the courts.

Policing in Difficult Times

The U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona will lead a discussion on how technology and recent events have changed the way law enforcement does its job.

FACULTY: Jocquese L. Blackwell, Blackwell Law Office; Amy M. Kalman, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Hon. Kent E. Cattani, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Hon. Peter J. Eckerstrom, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two; David Gonzales, US Marshal, District of Arizona; Leah Schachar, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Adam J. Schwartz, Office of the Attorney General; Mikel P. Steinfeld, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Lesley Williams, M.D., Liberation Center

TUESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

Everything I Need to Know About Practicing Criminal Law I Learned From Watching Star Trek

An interesting look at how science fiction mirrors reality in the workings of the criminal justice system.

Medical Marijuana: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The status of the law on this subject matter seems to change daily. This presentation will look at where things were, where they stand today, and what we can expect to see when we encounter these cases in the future.

How Television and the Social Media Has Changed the Expectations of Jurors

Twitter, Tweets, YouTube, Facebook, Crime Dramas, Forensic Shows, and video cameras on every phone have changed the way information is exchanged and the public’s expectations of evidence and testimony in the courtroom.

FACULTY: Jocquese L. Blackwell, Blackwell Law Office; Amy M. Kalman, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Hon. Kent E. Cattani, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Hon. Peter J. Eckerstrom, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two; David Gonzales, US Marshal, District of Arizona; Leah Schachar, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Adam J. Schwartz, Office of the Attorney General; Mikel P. Steinfeld, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Lesley Williams, M.D., Liberation Center

WEDNESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

The Changing Criminal Justice System: The Fair Justice Report and Mental Health, Veterans, Domestic Violence, and Homeless Specialty Courts

The Fair Justice Report, Mental Health, Veterans, Domestic Violence, and Homeless Specialty Courts have changed the Criminal Justice System. This course will look at the role of the Courts in addressing societal issues and efforts being made to improve the quality of justice for all.

The Do's and Don'ts of Appeals From Municipal Courts to the SCOTUS

Judges and attorneys will share their experiences on the appellate process and provide their insights on briefs and arguments in cases presented all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Enjoying the Practice of Law

Working in the Criminal Justice System is not easy. This course will present interesting ideas on how to deal with the stress and challenges that lawyers and judges face daily. The program will also discuss addiction and how legal professionals can help each other in recognizing and addressing substance abuse issues.

FACULTY: FACULTY: Jocquese L. Blackwell, Blackwell Law Office; Amy M. Kalman, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Hon. Kent E. Cattani, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Hon. Peter J. Eckerstrom, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two; David Gonzales, US Marshal, District of Arizona; Leah Schachar, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Adam J. Schwartz, Office of the Attorney General; Mikel P. Steinfeld, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Lesley Williams, M.D., Liberation Center




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