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.
Originally recorded at the 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.