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Tuesday, September 10
 

1:00pm PDT

Attorney/Investigator Opening
Welcome to "We the Defenders". In this session we will set the stage for the conference. In pairs and with the large group we will share answers to: 1) Why did you choose to do this work? 2) Why do you still do it? 3) What was one of your best days?

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sherr

Jeff Sherr

Training Director, National Association for Public Defense
Jeff Sherr​ is the Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense producing hundreds of webinars for public defense professionals across the nation. Prior to that he was the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 138

1:00pm PDT

Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates Opening
Speakers
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes joined NAPD in June 2019, as the assistant training director. Lori earned her master’s Degree in clinical social work (University of Maryland SSW) and her B.A. in Social Work from Morgan State University. Lori has over 25 years of clinical, training, and organizational... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 117

2:15pm PDT

Firearms Evidence & Ballistics
This session will cover forensic firearms evidence, nomenclature, operation and ballistics as it applies to your cases. Topic material will cover: • Interior Ballistics • Exterior / Terminal Ballistics • Basic types of firearms and how they operate • Firearms identification • Basic shooting incident evidence and reconstruction • Shooting Reconstruction Checklist Session Objectives  Help recognize critical questions and issues in cases involving firearms when talking to defendant and or witnesses  Facilitate intelligent discussions with forensic experts such as criminalists, firearms examiners and medical examiners  Assist in the reading of police and medical examiner reports  Understand and recognize the basic reconstruction of shooting scenes from forensic firearms evidence

Speakers
avatar for Watani Tyehimba

Watani Tyehimba

Investigator, Tyehimba Services, Inc.
Watani S.U. Tyehimba, CPP, CCDI (CPP), Board Certified in Security Management, and (CCDI), Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator has been in the protective services field since 1972. He has performed duties as a legal investigator and paralegal for law firms in California... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
Room 138

2:15pm PDT

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Investigators
Based on Stephen Covey’s bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this session will offer ways to apply effective methods for achieving investigation goals guided by values and principles. These practices will not only enhance your work productivity, but it will improve your relationships with your client, attorney, and co-workers. Join us to learn how to become more proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand-then to be understood, capitalize on synergy, and sharpen the saw.

Speakers
avatar for Lubna Debbini

Lubna Debbini

Defense Investigator, Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA.
Lubna Debbini is a Defense Investigator with the Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA. For almost twenty years, the majority of her cases have consisted of high level felonies and homicides. Prior to that, she spent two and a half years working for a private investigator on cases... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
Room 133

2:15pm PDT

What's Left Behind When You Surf the Web?
Be scared, be very scared of the kinds of data that is left on your computer. In this unique presentation you’ll see the data that can easily be found if one knows where to look. If your case involves a computer this is a must see!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
Room 119

2:15pm PDT

The Story That Was Never Told
Writing a good story isn’t easy. But to ensure a proper understanding and appreciation, of our clients’ lives, there are core competencies: understanding mitigation, report writing, interviewing, understanding the importance of collateral information, testimony, and working as an agent and team member of defense counsel. Reports are core tools need to help the rest of the world understand the lives of our clients in a way that was never told before. The session will cover: Ways to develop a powerful story How to connect the dots for the reader Review material needed for powerful reports The importance of explaining the process, while humanizing your client through words

Speakers
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes joined NAPD in June 2019, as the assistant training director. Lori earned her master’s Degree in clinical social work (University of Maryland SSW) and her B.A. in Social Work from Morgan State University. Lori has over 25 years of clinical, training, and organizational... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
Room 117

3:30pm PDT

A-Z Internet Searching for investigators
This session will cover web sites and software you probably never knew existed or could access, that can provide necessary information needed for your investigation, right at your fingertips.   Each letter of the alphabet has a web site, and, as a bonus, you’ll see a piece of software and an app as well. All this will happen in a fast-paced, fun, and useful presentation that can impact your cases today!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 119

3:30pm PDT

Behind the Curtain: the Post Mortem Exam
In most homicide cases, there is an autopsy report, which will be accompanied by testimony of the medical examiner or coroner as a witness for the State. Defense attorneys and investigators must have a solid understanding of what happens to a human body, beginning at the time it is discovered and extending through the post mortem examination, as well as the information that will be included in ME’s final report. Dr. Matthew Lacy, will review the role of the forensic pathologist in a death investigation, with an emphasis on the autopsy and its limitations.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. J, Matthew Lacy

Dr. J, Matthew Lacy

Dr. Lacy is the Associate Medical Examiner at the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and his postgraduate training in forensic pathology was at the Office of the... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Room 138

3:30pm PDT

Interviewing Adults Displaying Antisocial Personality Traits
This session examines theories and features of antisocial behavior displayed by case participants in the criminal justice setting.  These features are then embedded in the concepts of case specific source monitoring during interviewing, testing of alternative hypotheses, the specific use of evidence, confirmation bias, and primary issues vs. disambiguation.

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Bressler

Marcus Bressler

Markus worked for the German State Police of Baden-Württemberg for 12 years before deciding to stay in the United States. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and holds a Lateral Police Transfer Certification of the City of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Room 133

3:30pm PDT

SW & Sentencing Small Groups - Introductions
Meet your colleagues and share your background and experience. We will also discuss common issues and goals for the week.

Speakers
avatar for Cessie Alfonso

Cessie Alfonso

President, Alfonso Consultants, Inc
Cecilia "Cessie" Alfonso is a nationally recognized expert in forensic social work, domestic violence and organizational development in the area of cultural competence and valuing diversity. She is founder and president of Alfonso Consultants, Inc. which for the past 30 years has... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Bishop

Kevin Bishop

Social Worker Coordinator, The Office of the Alternate Defense Counse
Kevin Bishop has been the Social Worker Coordinator for The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel for the last 2 years. He currently coordinates training and clinical supervision for 26 independently contracted forensic social workers and forensic clinical advocates serving OADC... Read More →
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes joined NAPD in June 2019, as the assistant training director. Lori earned her master’s Degree in clinical social work (University of Maryland SSW) and her B.A. in Social Work from Morgan State University. Lori has over 25 years of clinical, training, and organizational... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Wilson

Betsy Wilson

As an experienced death-penalty attorney and mitigation specialist, Betsy understands what a trial or appellate attorney needs to effectively and zealously represent the client and how to provide that work in a way that makes the attorney’s life easier.Betsy has been dedicated to... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Small Group breakouts
 
Wednesday, September 11
 

9:00am PDT

History of Mitigation
This session will bring participants into a deeper understanding of mitigation and how it came to be a profession of advocacy. It will explain tasks, building relationships, and themes in our work. There will be discussion around supreme court decisions that created the dynamic between social work, mitigation, and legal aides.

Speakers
avatar for Cessie Alfonso

Cessie Alfonso

President, Alfonso Consultants, Inc
Cecilia "Cessie" Alfonso is a nationally recognized expert in forensic social work, domestic violence and organizational development in the area of cultural competence and valuing diversity. She is founder and president of Alfonso Consultants, Inc. which for the past 30 years has... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Room 138

9:00am PDT

Interviewing Adults Displaying Antisocial Personality Traits
This session examines theories and features of antisocial behavior displayed by case participants in the criminal justice setting.  These features are then embedded in the concepts of case specific source monitoring during interviewing, testing of alternative hypotheses, the specific use of evidence, confirmation bias, and primary issues vs. disambiguation.

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Bressler

Marcus Bressler

Markus worked for the German State Police of Baden-Württemberg for 12 years before deciding to stay in the United States. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and holds a Lateral Police Transfer Certification of the City of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Room 117

9:00am PDT

Records Collection and Organization
This session explores what records we need to collect in order to understand our client. Participants will be provided  with sample forms and techniques  to help identify, obtain and organize records  needed in a particular case.

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 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Room 133

9:00am PDT

Social History Videos
Producing a sentencing video can seem overwhelming, yet with planning, organization and skill development, the final product can make a remarkable impact. Along with the nuts and bolts of making a video we will explore working with attorneys to develop themes, executing interviews, and using secondary images.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Waller

Dani Waller

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Federal Community Defender Office
Dani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who, in March of 2015, joined the Federal Community Defender Office in Indianapolis. Before joining the Federal Defender's, she spent 10 years in private practice working on death penalty cases throughout the country and at the federal level... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Room 119

10:30am PDT

Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Defense Investigations
Understanding the “Do’s and Don’ts” that govern our daily tasks and decision making processes are key components in successful case outcomes. This discussion will cover a variety of ethical dilemmas that defense Investigators routinely face during the course of everyday casework. Topics will include social media investigations, witness interactions, juror research and interviews, etc. Although there will be scenarios and case samples on hand to examine, attendees are encouraged to bring their own situational experiences and questions to the table.

Speakers
avatar for Herb Duzant

Herb Duzant

HERBERT DUZANT is a native New Yorker with more than 20 years of experience working as a criminal defense investigator, primarily in the areas of capital trial and capital habeas representation. Mr. Duzant started his career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (project... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Room 133

10:30am PDT

Representing Muslim Clients
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, currently there are about 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide, making up over 24% of the world population. By 2025, Islam is expected to grow by 50%.
By some counts, there are between 6-8 million Muslims in the United States and about 50% of them are Africans born in America. So, these statistics indicate that at some point our clients will be Muslim. And occasionally lawyers and investigators that are incompetent, underfunded and openly bigoted represent them. A lack of cultural sensitivity to other ethnic groups and or religions may affect their ability to adequately prepare for a case.
This session will provide information helpful in dealing with Muslim clients that were arrested as Muslims, as well as those that converted to Islam in jail after their arrest.
Topic material will cover:
  • Muslims in the U. S.
  • Most likely defendants
  • Islamic basic beliefs
  • Five pillars of Islam
  • Taking the case of a Muslim
  • If you are Muslim
  • If you are non-Muslim
  • Where to get assistance
  • Jail and court practices
  • Witnesses in the Muslim community
  • Expert witnesses on Islam
Session Objectives 
  • Demonstrate the need to be objective, and open to represent individuals outside of so-called mainstream (Christianity) religions in the U.S., such as Islam, the Moorish Science Temple, Nation of Islam, Rastafarian, Vodun (Voodoo), Santeria, Five Per Centers, Sikhs, etc.
  • Provide the participants with information and resources to work cases of Muslim and other non-mainstream religious clients.

Speakers
avatar for Watani Tyehimba

Watani Tyehimba

Investigator, Tyehimba Services, Inc.
Watani S.U. Tyehimba, CPP, CCDI (CPP), Board Certified in Security Management, and (CCDI), Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator has been in the protective services field since 1972. He has performed duties as a legal investigator and paralegal for law firms in California... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Room 119

10:30am PDT

Workshop Antisocial Personality Traits
This workshop offers practical exercises and short role plays in the areas of interviewing vs. interrogation, lie-biased behavior in the interview preparation phase, interview settings within a conceptual framework, prevention of suggestibility before and during an interview, and strategies to collect and analyze interview participant data.

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Bressler

Marcus Bressler

Markus worked for the German State Police of Baden-Württemberg for 12 years before deciding to stay in the United States. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and holds a Lateral Police Transfer Certification of the City of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Room 117

10:30am PDT

Interviewing
As social workers, mitigation specialists, and sentencing advocates, we are uniquely situated to support our clients as they prepare to share their story. In order to protect the dignity of our clients, it is our duty that client engagement is done in a trauma-informed manner. From client interviewing, to team engagement, to elocution, it is imperative that we are informed and educated advocates! During this session we will learn the necessary tools to develop the foundation for a strong trauma-informed practice. We will also explore strategies to effectively empower our clients as storytellers.

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Wilson

Betsy Wilson

As an experienced death-penalty attorney and mitigation specialist, Betsy understands what a trial or appellate attorney needs to effectively and zealously represent the client and how to provide that work in a way that makes the attorney’s life easier.Betsy has been dedicated to... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Room 138

11:45am PDT

Lunch on your own
Wednesday September 11, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Investigating FASD
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

1:00pm PDT

Race and Our Practice
We will discuss race as a social construct; why and how race is often used in society and the criminal justice system.

This session will explore why race is a significant factor in our cases and the attorney’s and investigator’s need to be cognizant and sensitive to this. We will also look at the statistical reality that a defendant will more than likely be an African born in America or some other minority and explore ways to best serve them.

Topic material will cover:
  • Origin of race in the U. S.
  • How race is used
  • Most likely defendants
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • Preconceptions and Stereotypes
  • Tools to address the issues of race in our practice

Speakers
avatar for Watani Tyehimba

Watani Tyehimba

Investigator, Tyehimba Services, Inc.
Watani S.U. Tyehimba, CPP, CCDI (CPP), Board Certified in Security Management, and (CCDI), Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator has been in the protective services field since 1972. He has performed duties as a legal investigator and paralegal for law firms in California... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 119

1:00pm PDT

What's Left Behind When You Surf the Web?
Be scared, be very scared of the kinds of data that is left on your computer. In this unique presentation you’ll see the data that can easily be found if one knows where to look. If your case involves a computer this is a must see!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 117

1:00pm PDT

Small Groups Interviewing
Small Groups – Interviewing Techniques

Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Small Group breakouts

2:30pm PDT

Decompressing in a Compressed World – Hypnosis for stress reduction
Allow your daily grind to come to a halt - at least for an hour or so.
This session will give you the tools to reduce your stress and re-charge your energy.
Let Jon help you re-energize your batteries and relax in a comfortable setting that will,
by the end of the session, teach you how to accomplish this on your own!

To benefit the most this session, you may want to bring a yoga mat or towel and lie on the floor.  Also for any women who will be joining us and using the floor, might I suggest wearing shorts or pants. 

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Room 117

2:30pm PDT

Interviewing with Emotional Intelligence
Ever wonder why some investigators always get the interview or how they get people to say the things they do? This class will enhance your ability to deal with difficult people and situations as well as improve your odds of obtaining valuable information and insight. You’ll learn how to increase your relatability, heighten your empathy, and drill deeper into interviews producing effective results for your client and your case.

Speakers
avatar for Lubna Debbini

Lubna Debbini

Defense Investigator, Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA.
Lubna Debbini is a Defense Investigator with the Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA. For almost twenty years, the majority of her cases have consisted of high level felonies and homicides. Prior to that, she spent two and a half years working for a private investigator on cases... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Room 133

2:30pm PDT

Traumatic Blunt Force Injuries
Bumps and Bruises and Cuts Oh My! A Guide to Traumatic Blunt Force Injuries This presentation is designed to teach attorneys and investigators about various injuries that result from Blunt Force Trauma. Bruises/Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations and Avulsions are all discussed with definitions, examples and information on each wound. Dating of bruises is included as well is information on multiple injuries. Pressure ulcer prevention, assessment and staging are discussed. The purpose of the presentation is to assist attorneys and investigators in understanding the causative factors behind injuries from Blunt Force Trauma and provide them with in-depth knowledge regarding the potential indications of such injuries.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Godoy

Tara Godoy

Forensic nurses, doctors and toxicologists, Godoy Medical Forensics
We are Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.When a case that needs a medical expert witness, most attorneys think to call a doctor. Sometimes a simple review of the medical records and a consultation will answer the questions you have. Our registered nurses have a strong clinical background... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Room 119

2:30pm PDT

Writing Social Histories
You’ve gathered the information, procrastinated and now it’s time to write. In order to construct a compelling narrative in written form, we must be proficient in a number of areas. This session will teach organization, thematic development and the benefit of collaborative editing.  While writing is often challenging, there are basic guidelines that can raise the quality of your final draft. 
In this session we will examine the process and tools necessary for crafting your client’s unique story including character development, scene setting, and voice.  We will discuss research, graphs, photos and tables as supplements to emphasize concepts. We will examine these elements using specific examples and previous memo excerpts. You will leave with concrete tools and feeling encouraged about the process of collaborative writing.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Waller

Dani Waller

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Federal Community Defender Office
Dani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who, in March of 2015, joined the Federal Community Defender Office in Indianapolis. Before joining the Federal Defender's, she spent 10 years in private practice working on death penalty cases throughout the country and at the federal level... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Room 138

4:00pm PDT

Intersectionality – Connecting the Differences
A discussion of intersectionality, what it is, and how its’ understanding can create a more dynamic relationship between yourself and your client. There will be a viewing of Kimberle Crenshaw’s TedTalk explaining intersectionality followed by an in-depth discussion, including case studies, on how it can be applied to our work.

Speakers
avatar for Cessie Alfonso

Cessie Alfonso

President, Alfonso Consultants, Inc
Cecilia "Cessie" Alfonso is a nationally recognized expert in forensic social work, domestic violence and organizational development in the area of cultural competence and valuing diversity. She is founder and president of Alfonso Consultants, Inc. which for the past 30 years has... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 138
 
Thursday, September 12
 

9:00am PDT

Decompressing in a Compressed World – Hypnosis for stress reduction
Allow your daily grind to come to a halt - at least for an hour or so.
This session will give you the tools to reduce your stress and re-charge your energy.
Let Jon help you re-energize your batteries and relax in a comfortable setting that will,
by the end of the session, teach you how to accomplish this on your own!

To benefit the most this session, you may want to bring a yoga mat or towel and lie on the floor. Also for any women who will be joining us and using the floor, might I suggest wearing shorts or pants.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Room 133

9:00am PDT

Evaluating Strangulation Evidence From A Medical Perspective
In approximately 50% of strangulation/suffocation cases, there is no visible sign of injury; in an additional 35% of cases the injuries are too minor to photograph. This presentation is designed to educate attorneys and investigators on what to look for to determine if strangulation occurred and the risk of lethality. Anatomy, vocabulary, statistics, mechanism, petechiae, and signs and symptoms are all reviewed.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Godoy

Tara Godoy

Forensic nurses, doctors and toxicologists, Godoy Medical Forensics
We are Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.When a case that needs a medical expert witness, most attorneys think to call a doctor. Sometimes a simple review of the medical records and a consultation will answer the questions you have. Our registered nurses have a strong clinical background... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Room 138

9:00am PDT

Working with experts
Good expert testimony is one of the critical hallmarks of the criminal defense practice. Cases rise and fall, and often hang in the balance on the utterances of an expert opinion. This session will explore methods of effectively choosing, vetting and working with defense experts, from the non-attorney team member perspective. We will also discuss the foundation, methods, and resources employed during Impeachment Investigations of government expert witnesses.

Speakers
avatar for Herb Duzant

Herb Duzant

HERBERT DUZANT is a native New Yorker with more than 20 years of experience working as a criminal defense investigator, primarily in the areas of capital trial and capital habeas representation. Mr. Duzant started his career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (project... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Wilson

Betsy Wilson

As an experienced death-penalty attorney and mitigation specialist, Betsy understands what a trial or appellate attorney needs to effectively and zealously represent the client and how to provide that work in a way that makes the attorney’s life easier.Betsy has been dedicated to... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Room 119

9:00am PDT

SW & Sentencing Small Groups – Report Writing
SW & Sentencing share draft reports and receive feedback in small groups

Thursday September 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Small Group breakouts

10:30am PDT

Establishing Respectful Relationships with our Clients and Building Alliances
We will discuss the value of functioning as a team and the ability to recognize and ensure that each member is an integral part. We will also discuss the fact investigator’s role in aiding the team in the formulation of a viable, plausible defense theory and deconstructing and discrediting the prosecution’s theory. The “defense team” should not just mean the attorney, fact investigator, mitigation specialist and any other experts. The client must also be included. How to include the client requires: 1. Communication before and during the trial 2. Inclusion of the client in the preparation of the case 3. Participation of the client in brainstorming and decision processes 4. Understanding client centered representation

Speakers
avatar for Watani Tyehimba

Watani Tyehimba

Investigator, Tyehimba Services, Inc.
Watani S.U. Tyehimba, CPP, CCDI (CPP), Board Certified in Security Management, and (CCDI), Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator has been in the protective services field since 1972. He has performed duties as a legal investigator and paralegal for law firms in California... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Room 119

10:30am PDT

Interviewing with Emotional Intelligence
Ever wonder why some investigators always get the interview or how they get people to say the things they do? This class will enhance your ability to deal with difficult people and situations as well as improve your odds of obtaining valuable information and insight. You’ll learn how to increase your relatability, heighten your empathy, and drill deeper into interviews producing effective results for your client and your case.

Speakers
avatar for Lubna Debbini

Lubna Debbini

Defense Investigator, Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA.
Lubna Debbini is a Defense Investigator with the Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA. For almost twenty years, the majority of her cases have consisted of high level felonies and homicides. Prior to that, she spent two and a half years working for a private investigator on cases... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Room 133

10:30am PDT

Medical Records: What You Need to Know Without "Googling" Every Term
Medical Records can be daunting for any criminal attorney or investigator to review. The purpose of the presentation is to assist attorneys in focusing their review of medical records and to focus on review of records that contain the information that both civil and criminal attorneys are commonly seeking. To make it relevant and interesting, the records included in this presentation follow an attempted murder case and highlight not only what is in the records but also what might be missing.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Godoy

Tara Godoy

Forensic nurses, doctors and toxicologists, Godoy Medical Forensics
We are Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.When a case that needs a medical expert witness, most attorneys think to call a doctor. Sometimes a simple review of the medical records and a consultation will answer the questions you have. Our registered nurses have a strong clinical background... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Room 138

10:30am PDT

SW & Sentencing Small Groups – Report Writing Continues
SW & Sentencing share draft reports and receive feedback in small groups

Thursday September 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Small Group breakouts

11:45am PDT

Lunch on your own
Thursday September 12, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Internet Sleuthing: Advanced Part 1
A nuts and bolts conversation of how to use multiple search engines and strategies to making the attendees faster and more efficient in finding the data that’s needed. Once the searching engines are covered then a series of websites are shown with a slant towards the investigator or attorney on the defense team. In addition to the above, a background check will be conducted live to show how the tools presented can apply directly to their cases.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 117

1:00pm PDT

No Dropped Calls: Partnering With Your Smartphone in the Field
Today's smartphones are not mere talking devices.  They are invaluable tools that provide Investigators with complex capabilities for accomplishing various case related tasks. This session will provide participants with helpful tips on how to use smartphones to their benefit while operating in the field. Materials will include mapping and GPS coordinates, law enforcement and other online resources, field safety, communication resources, audio-visual capture, note-taking, case organization, travel, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Herb Duzant

Herb Duzant

HERBERT DUZANT is a native New Yorker with more than 20 years of experience working as a criminal defense investigator, primarily in the areas of capital trial and capital habeas representation. Mr. Duzant started his career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (project... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 119

1:00pm PDT

Report Writing for Investigators Part 1
The documents you create not only convey your work product, but also your level of professionalism. This class will help you create emails, memos, reports, and social histories in a clear, concise, and polished manner. We will cover structural attributes of documents such as layout, organization, and visual aids. We will also discuss setting the stage, introducing characters, and telling compelling stories. We will review punctuation, grammar, appropriate verb tenses, and transitional phrases. In addition, we will discuss cadence, and active versus passive voice. Once you've organized what you wish to write and identified its intended audience, you will improve your written communication, minimize the stress of writing, and maximize the impact of your work.

Speakers
avatar for Lubna Debbini

Lubna Debbini

Defense Investigator, Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA.
Lubna Debbini is a Defense Investigator with the Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA. For almost twenty years, the majority of her cases have consisted of high level felonies and homicides. Prior to that, she spent two and a half years working for a private investigator on cases... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 133

1:00pm PDT

Ethical Dilemmas: Social Work in Criminal Defense
This session will 1) provide an understanding of forensic social work in the criminal defense setting, 2) provide conceptual understanding of potential ethical dilemmas that may arise in a criminal defense setting, and 3) propose strategies for addressing ethical dilemmas through discussion of the current literature, legal opinions, and practice situations.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bishop

Kevin Bishop

Social Worker Coordinator, The Office of the Alternate Defense Counse
Kevin Bishop has been the Social Worker Coordinator for The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel for the last 2 years. He currently coordinates training and clinical supervision for 26 independently contracted forensic social workers and forensic clinical advocates serving OADC... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 138

2:30pm PDT

Analyzing Cell Phone Extractions
Police and prosecutors have come to rely heavily on various forms of digital evidence to investigate and later prove the State’s case at trial. This presentation will focus on ways the State uses cell phone extractions to bolster their case (while simultaneously obfuscating data that could help the defense) and simple strategies defense teams can use to fight back. Attendees will learn how evidence can be limited prior to the defense receiving it, how to argue for expanded searches when exonerating or impeachable evidence may exist, and all the various ways defense teams can aggressively use cell phone extractions to their legal advantage.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Gilbert

Molly Gilbert

Molly Gilbert has been an investigator with the King County Department of Public Defense since 2015 and previously worked as a legal assistant on three capital cases in Washington State. Prior to her work in public defense, Molly worked as a gunsmith in Iraq with the US Army’s 82nd... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 119

2:30pm PDT

Internet Sleuthing: Advanced Part 2
A nuts and bolts conversation of how to use multiple search engines and strategies to making the attendees faster and more efficient in finding the data that’s needed. Once the searching engines are covered then a series of websites are shown with a slant towards the investigator or attorney on the defense team. In addition to the above, a background check will be conducted live to show how the tools presented can apply directly to their cases.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 117

2:30pm PDT

Report Writing for Investigators Part 2
Report Writing for Investigators session continues. The documents you create not only convey your work product, but also your level of professionalism. This class will help you create emails, memos, reports, and social histories in a clear, concise, and polished manner. We will cover structural attributes of documents such as layout, organization, and visual aids. We will also discuss setting the stage, introducing characters, and telling compelling stories. We will review punctuation, grammar, appropriate verb tenses, and transitional phrases. In addition, we will discuss cadence, and active versus passive voice. Once you've organized what you wish to write and identified its intended audience, you will improve your written communication, minimize the stress of writing, and maximize the impact of your work.

Speakers
avatar for Lubna Debbini

Lubna Debbini

Defense Investigator, Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA.
Lubna Debbini is a Defense Investigator with the Alternate Defender in Orange County, CA. For almost twenty years, the majority of her cases have consisted of high level felonies and homicides. Prior to that, she spent two and a half years working for a private investigator on cases... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 133

2:30pm PDT

Ethical Dilemmas Continues
Ethical Dilemmas continues

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bishop

Kevin Bishop

Social Worker Coordinator, The Office of the Alternate Defense Counse
Kevin Bishop has been the Social Worker Coordinator for The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel for the last 2 years. He currently coordinates training and clinical supervision for 26 independently contracted forensic social workers and forensic clinical advocates serving OADC... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 138

4:15pm PDT

Internet Sleuthing for Mitigation
A nuts and bolts conversation of how to use multiple search engines and strategies to making the attendees faster and more efficient in finding the data that’s needed. Once the searching engines are covered then a series of websites are shown with a slant towards Mitigation specialists.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Lyon

Jon Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 75 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 117

4:15pm PDT

Safety in the Field
We will discuss basic safety protocols and tips for Sentencing Advocates, Mitigation Specialists and Investigators while working in the field. Topic material will cover:  What to do in preparation for the outing  How to travel to and from the location  How to handle concerns on the street and at the location Session Objectives 1. Participants will be able to identify safety concerns that could be improved upon. 2. Participants will have better understanding of safety awareness and protocols. 3. Participants will leave this session feeling more empowered and confident when working in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Herb Duzant

Herb Duzant

HERBERT DUZANT is a native New Yorker with more than 20 years of experience working as a criminal defense investigator, primarily in the areas of capital trial and capital habeas representation. Mr. Duzant started his career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (project... Read More →
avatar for Watani Tyehimba

Watani Tyehimba

Investigator, Tyehimba Services, Inc.
Watani S.U. Tyehimba, CPP, CCDI (CPP), Board Certified in Security Management, and (CCDI), Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator has been in the protective services field since 1972. He has performed duties as a legal investigator and paralegal for law firms in California... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 119

4:15pm PDT

Strategies to Impact Vicarious Trauma
Goals: • To understand how Vicarious Trauma impacts us • Understand why it is so prevalent in our industry and how to treat it • Identify why is it so difficult to protect our emotional stability • How to stay healthy (emotionally, physically and intellectually) and client centered Objectives: • Overview: Need for this conversation • What is Vicarious Trauma: In general, and specifically • How do we recognize it? • How does it manifest in our lives Define Vicarious Trauma vs. Burn-Out? • Understand why it’s unethical not to address vicarious trauma and self-care? • What can we do now that we know?

Speakers
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes joined NAPD in June 2019, as the assistant training director. Lori earned her master’s Degree in clinical social work (University of Maryland SSW) and her B.A. in Social Work from Morgan State University. Lori has over 25 years of clinical, training, and organizational... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 133

4:15pm PDT

Using Self as a Tool (Impact of Race, Class & Gender on Interviewing)
Learning what makes the Self and how it can be used to increase connection with all individuals you work with. The Self is created as a result of environment and relationships. When you bring the Self to the table through skills and techniques, you show your counterpart that you will advocate with empathy and understanding. This will be taught through group work exercises and case studies.

Speakers
avatar for Cessie Alfonso

Cessie Alfonso

President, Alfonso Consultants, Inc
Cecilia "Cessie" Alfonso is a nationally recognized expert in forensic social work, domestic violence and organizational development in the area of cultural competence and valuing diversity. She is founder and president of Alfonso Consultants, Inc. which for the past 30 years has... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 138
 
Friday, September 13
 

9:00am PDT

Safety in the Field
We will discuss basic safety protocols and tips for Sentencing Advocates, Mitigation Specialists and Investigators while working in the field. Topic material will cover:  What to do in preparation for the outing  How to travel to and from the location  How to handle concerns on the street and at the location Session Objectives 1. Participants will be able to identify safety concerns that could be improved upon. 2. Participants will have better understanding of safety awareness and protocols. 3. Participants will leave this session feeling more empowered and confident when working in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Herb Duzant

Herb Duzant

HERBERT DUZANT is a native New Yorker with more than 20 years of experience working as a criminal defense investigator, primarily in the areas of capital trial and capital habeas representation. Mr. Duzant started his career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (project... Read More →
avatar for Watani Tyehimba

Watani Tyehimba

Investigator, Tyehimba Services, Inc.
Watani S.U. Tyehimba, CPP, CCDI (CPP), Board Certified in Security Management, and (CCDI), Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator has been in the protective services field since 1972. He has performed duties as a legal investigator and paralegal for law firms in California... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Room 138

9:00am PDT

Turning our Clients’ Trauma into Resilience
Mitigation often focuses on telling the story of the worst traumas that happened to a client. This perspective can leave judges, prosecutors, and juries believing that incarceration is the safest remedy. Reframing our clients’ trauma into resilience helps re-focus the story by sharing what allows our clients to be redeemed and restored without losing sight of the trauma they endured. This session will discuss trauma-focused mitigation, interviewing for resiliency factors, and ways to frame resilience as mitigation.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanne Cline Thornton

Stephanne Cline Thornton

Clinical Director, West Virginia Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program
Stephanne Cline Thornton is the Clinical Director for the West Virginia Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program and owner of Transform Legal, a consultation service that offers training, program development, support, and instruction on trauma-informed legal practice, mitigation, and... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Room 119

9:00am PDT

Mitigation Themes and Research
Mitigation evidence is evidence the defense may present at the sentencing phase of a capital trial to explain circumstances in the defendant’s life and history that provide a basis for jurors to decide against imposing the death penalty.  In a capital case, mitigation may include evidence of mental illness, remorse, young age and related brain development, limited or minor role in the crime, a history of childhood abuse or neglect, intellectual disability, family history, environmental stressors, or anything else the jury may consider relevant to deciding what sentence is appropriate.  Mitigation evidence may also be used to persuade a prosecutor to forego seeking the death penalty early in the case.  The evidence is also valuable for plea negotiations or sentencing in many other types of cases, such as non-capital homicides, second- and third-strike cases, and serious sex cases.  Courts must consider mitigation evidence when addressing youth charged with serious crimes or returning to court for re-sentencing under Miller v. Alabama.  Dr. Mark Cunningham, a board certified clinical and forensic psychologist and nationally recognized researcher and psychologist, will discuss the many themes of  mitigation defense attorneys and investigators should consider exploring to obtain a reduced sentence in homicide cases.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mark Cunningham

Dr. Mark Cunningham

Mark D. Cunningham, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical and forensic psychologist, and independent research scientist, with offices in Seattle. His practice is national in scope; he is licensed in 17 states and has testified in state and federal courts in more than 35 states and territories... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 9:00am - 11:15am PDT
Room 133

10:15am PDT

Mindfulness: Meditation Practices for Practitioners and Clients
“Mindfulness: Meditation Practices for Practitioners and Clients to be Calmer, Less Reactive, and More Resilient.” Multidisciplinary criminal defense work is challenging. It can often feel exhausting and emotionally draining. One solution to develop balance and resilience is found in the centuries-old practice of mindfulness. This presentation focuses on the reasons why mindfulness meditation can help calm the brain and decrease stress and burnout. Specific mindfulness meditation techniques will be introduced to ease into a comfortable and approachable mindfulness practice. Recognizing that clients can also benefit from mindfulness techniques at different stages of their incarceration and criminal case progression, mindfulness practices for clients will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanne Cline Thornton

Stephanne Cline Thornton

Clinical Director, West Virginia Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program
Stephanne Cline Thornton is the Clinical Director for the West Virginia Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program and owner of Transform Legal, a consultation service that offers training, program development, support, and instruction on trauma-informed legal practice, mitigation, and... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Room 119

10:15am PDT

Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Defense Investigations
Understanding the “Do’s and Don’ts” that govern our daily tasks and decision making processes are key components in successful case outcomes. This discussion will cover a variety of ethical dilemmas that defense Investigators routinely face during the course of everyday casework. Topics will include social media investigations, witness interactions, juror research and interviews, etc. Although there will be scenarios and case samples on hand to examine, attendees are encouraged to bring their own situational experiences and questions to the table.

Speakers
avatar for Herb Duzant

Herb Duzant

HERBERT DUZANT is a native New Yorker with more than 20 years of experience working as a criminal defense investigator, primarily in the areas of capital trial and capital habeas representation. Mr. Duzant started his career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (project... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Room 138

11:30am PDT

Both Tracks Closing
We wrap up the week by sharing what the "keepers" are from the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sherr

Jeff Sherr

Training Director, National Association for Public Defense
Jeff Sherr​ is the Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense producing hundreds of webinars for public defense professionals across the nation. Prior to that he was the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 138
 
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