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Criminal Law Symposium 2019

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Capital Case - Video Replay - Altoona
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 - Altoona Executive Office
4500 6th Ave., Altoona PA, 16602
STARTTue., Jul. 30, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDTue., Jul. 30, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Capital Case - Video Replay - Emporium
Malizia & Malizia, P.C.
25 East Fourth Street, Emporium PA, 15834
STARTWed., Aug. 14, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDWed., Aug. 14, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Capital Case - Video Replay - Mechanicsburg
PBI Conference Center
5080 Ritter Road, Rossmoyne Exit, Rt. 15, Mechanicsburg PA, 17055
STARTTue., Jul. 30, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDTue., Jul. 30, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Capital Case - Video Replay - Philadelphia
The CLE Conference Center
Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Philadelphia PA, 19107
STARTFri., Aug. 30, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Aug. 30, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Capital Case - Video Replay - Pittsburgh
PBI Professional Development Center
Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Avenue, 7th Fl., Pittsburgh PA, 15222
STARTThu., Jul. 25, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDThu., Jul. 25, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00
Capital Case - Video Replay - West Chester
Chester County Bar Association
15 W Gay Street, 2nd Floor, West Chester PA, 19380
STARTMon., Aug. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDMon., Aug. 12, 2019
3:30 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $299.00
New Attorney: $150.00



Session 1 . Evidence and Expert Witnesses (Capital Case Track)
A one-hour refresher on evidence issues critical for capital case trials, with special emphasis on expert testimony.

Session 2 Pennsylvania’s Death Penalty-Systemic Constitutional Challenges (Capital Case Track)
The 2017 report on Pennsylvania's death penalty identified many systemic problems with its implementation, concerns that have also been raised in earlier reports and judicial opinions.  This session will examine those concerns and their potential impact upon capital case litigation in Pennsylvania.

Session 3 Capital Case Update (Capital Case Track)
You won’t want to miss hearing about what the courts have been deciding in capital case litigation during the past year. Key state and federal case developments, legislative action and trends that are likely to affect the future litigation of capital cases in Pennsylvania will be highlighted.

Session 4 Implicit Racial Bias in Capital Cases (Capital Case Track) (ETHICS)
Can racial bias affect the outcome of our cases, even when decisionmakers are not consciously aware of it?  A growing body of research shows that implicit bias is often an unacknowledged and powerful factor in the criminal justice system.   In this session, participants will learn about the numerous ways in which implicit bias affects death-penalty cases, from the police investigation, through trial, sentencing, and appeal. Participants will also learn about their ethical duties to understand and address racial bias.

Session 5 Trauma: The Opportunity and Challenges of Personal Crisis in Case Planning (Capital Case Track)
This session will present an overview of the impact of childhood trauma on adult functioning as it pertains to criminality, witness preparation, and data collection.  We will review the challenges it causes related to interviewing and discovery, as well as the research and caveats involved in including it in a defense strategy.  Participants will be offered practical data and advice related to the most recent scientific data of neurobiological and social science as it relates to trauma as a factor in or mitigation of culpability and rehabilitation. 

Session 6 Mitigation Strategies and How to Work Well with a Mitigator (Capital Case Track)
A mitigation specialist is an essential member of every capital defense team, offering specialized skills that can assist in all aspects of the case. In this session, we will review the constitutional requirements for an effective capital mitigation investigation, the evidence that must be gathered, and the most effective techniques for obtaining that information. We will discuss strategies for effectively integrating mitigation evidence into every stage of your case. Finally, we will provide you with tools to advocate for the resources necessary to support a comprehensive mitigation investigation.

Recorded during the 2019 Criminal Law Symposium in June 2019.

The credits offered by this course count toward the CLE requirement of Criminal Procedure Rule 801, for appointment as defense counsel in a capital case.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The CLE Board indicates that you can earn all 18 of your capital case credits by distance education. However, for the general Pennsylvania CLE requirement of 12 credits per compliance year, only 6 can be earned by distance education per compliance year.

Practice Areas


Kimberly A. Adams Esq.
D.A. David J. Arnold Jr. Lebanon County District Attorney's Office
Deborah D. Belknap Esq.
Mark H. Bergstrom Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
Hon. Kelly E. Bigley Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Lisa A. Borrelli Esq. Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
Marian G. Braccia Esq. Temple University Beasley School of Law
Jalila Bullock M.A., J.D. Duquesne University
William D. Burrell
Steven L. Chanenson Esq. Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
David R. Crowley Esq. Centre County Public Defender's Office
Carolyn A. DeLaurentis Esq. Pennsylvania Department of State
Sharon M. Dietrich Esq. Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (Center City)
D.A. M. L. Skip Ebert Jr. Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas
Joshua B. Goldberg Esq. Goldberg Legal Services LLC
Laura L. Hinds MSW The University of Pennsylvania
Linda D. Hoffa Esq. Dilworth Paxson LLP (Phila)
Priscilla E. Jimenez Esq. Kline & Specter PC
Aaron J. Marcus Esq. Defender Association of Philadelphia
Lisette M. McCormick Esq. The PA Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness
Ryan Meyers
Ngozi Ndulue Esq. Death Penalty Information Center
Theron R. Perez Esq. PA Department of Corrections
Helene Placey
Hon. Tina M. Polachek Gartley Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas
Prof. John T. Rago Duquesne University
Wayne Sachs Esq. Sachs Law Group, LLC
Hon. Kevin G. Sasinoski Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Tara J. Smith Esq. Pennsylvania Department of State
Rosina C. Stambaugh Esq. The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh
Stuart B. Suss Esq.
Hon. John E. Wetzel PA Department of Corrections
Jacquelyn Whittaker-Piatt Allegheny County Adult Probation
Diana Woodside Esq. PA Department of Corrections
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.