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Wednesday, September 11 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Investigating FASD

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most common causes of
intellectual disability and birth defects in the United States. This session will provide an
overview of the cognitive deficits and neurobehavioral impairments caused by FASD. It will
discuss the importance of awareness of FASD in the legal context and the issues surrounding
individuals with FASD in the justice system. Participants will learn how to investigate FASD
through record collection and witness interviews to develop prenatal alcohol exposure as a
mitigating factor which must be considered in determining the guilt and/or sentence of a criminal
defendant. Finally, the session will touch on obtaining a neurological assessment to confirm an
FASD diagnosis and offer suggestions on how to effectively present a client’s FASD diagnosis
in court.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Forte

Sarah Forte

Senior Investigator, Capital Litigation Unit, Southern Center for Human Rights
Sarah Forte is the senior investigator at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. She joined SCHR in June 2006 upon graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she worked for the Medill Innocence Project investigating possible wrongful... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 133