Criminal Law 2019

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.

The practice of Criminal Law is captivating as technology, forensics, and trial practice continuously evolve. This year’s program will take you to the edge of the latest developments in critical areas of criminal practice. The courses presented will include the journey of a faculty member who experienced first-hand a wrongful conviction and the long road to transitioning back into society. Other courses will focus on collateral immigration and MVD consequences on cases throughout the justice system. This year’s program will also bring you up to date on the latest developments in shaken baby syndrome cases and the accuracy of memory in courtroom testimony. The faculty will include experts, experienced criminal law practitioners, and individuals inextricably connected to the inner workings of the justice system. Join us at the beautiful Hotel del Coronado as this year’s Criminal Law Track addresses these topics with unique perspectives presented by an outstanding faculty.

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

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MONDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

2019 Criminal Jeopardy Game

What better way to start the day than matching your wits and knowledge against your colleagues in a game of Jeopardy that will test you on everything from movie courtroom scenes to Latin legal lingo to your hornbook days of law school.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

The collateral consequences following a conviction can be worse than the sentencing component as individuals are separated from their families, cycled through detention centers, and sent back to a country they’ve never known. The presentation will also examine legal status and documentation and its effect on everyday life from employment to applications for driving privileges.

Exoneration and Transitions

Khalil Rushdan will share his story on being exonerated after serving 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. His imprisonment turned out to be just the beginning of his journey as he worked to make the successful transition back into society.

FACULTY: Gary Kula, Executive Director, City of Phoenix Public Defender; Stephanie Conlon, Training Director, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Kara Hartzler, San Diego Federal Defender; Khalil Rushdan, Community Partnership Coordinator for ACLU of AZ; Dan Ballecer, Bellecer & Segal

TUESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

The “Know Your Grounds” Challenge 

An objection is only as good as the grounds behind it. This interactive challenge will use fact patterns to test and share your knowledge and about objections during jury selection and trial.

The Betterment of Society and Individuals Through Homeless Courts

Homeless Courts are in place at homeless service agencies across the country. These courts are changing lives and improving communities through a focus on the individual and the critical role that society plays in caring for others. The emergence of these courts can be traced back to Attorney Steve Binder who developed a model in San Diego that spread across the land.

The Myth of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This course will examine the flawed underpinnings behind the expert testimony which has put hundreds of individuals behind bars for an offense they may not have committed.

FACULTY: Stephanie Conlon, Training Director, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Gary Kula, Executive Director, City of Phoenix Public Defender; Steve Binder, Founder of the Homeless Court Program; Randy Papetti, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP

WEDNESDAY

8:15 am -
12:30 pm

An Inside Perspective on Justice: Prison Prose and Poetry

The clang of the prison cell door is the beginning of a client’s journey into a world unknown to lawyers and judges. This course will give a voice to those looking at four walls as they describe through their writings their days, their perspectives, and their futures.

This Isn't the MVD Your Mother Knew

Gone are the days when MVD was synonymous with waiting for hours. Here and now are the days when MVD practices and policies are all about technology and customer service. This presentation will provide information every criminal law practitioner needs to know about MVD, its operations, and its reach into every aspect of the justice system.

Memory in the Courtroom

Eyewitness testimony is central to many aspects of criminal proceedings. Dr. Paul Simpson, a Criminal Forensic Psychologist, will examine the dynamic of memory to help attorneys better understand the scientific and legal aspects of memory evidence presented in the courtroom.

FACULTY: FACULTY: Stephanie Conlon, Training Director, Maricopa County Public Defender Office; Khalil Rushdan, Community Partnership Coordinator for ACLU of AZ; Gary Kula, Executive Director, City of Phoenix Public Defender; Dr. Paul Simpson, Criminal Forensic Psychologist




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