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Why Race Matters: See Something, Say Something: Interrupting Bias and Litigating Race and Trauma in the Courts

Why Race Matters // April 28
See Something, Say Something: Interrupting Bias and Litigating Race and Trauma in the Courts

Speaker: Kris Henning, Esq.
Thursday April 28, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Developing the skills necessary to raise race in the courtroom is a critical component of your success in litigation. Join the author of Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, Blume Professor of Law, and the Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative Georgetown Law as she works with us to develop the critical thinking, concrete skills, and tools we need to raise race in the Court. In an engaging and interactive style, Professor Henning will help us understand how racial bias, hyper-surveillance, and the traumatic effects of policing impact all our cases — juvenile, criminal, family court, and mental health cases. Together, we will develop strategies to interrupt the dehumanizing language, attitudes, and legal decisions that harm our clients of color. Continue reading

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Why Race Matters: Spotting Issue of Expert Bias in the Courtroom

Why Race Matters // April 7
Spotting Issue of Expert Bias in the Courtroom

Speaker: Dr. Itiel Dror
Thursday April 7, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Biases plague many domains of our life, and the legal system is no exception. Therefore, experts are heavily relied upon as their judgment and decision making is regarded as objective and impartial. Drawing from the field of criminal justice, I will present research and evidence from real casework that many different types of biases affect even experts, including fingerprinting and DNA forensic laboratory decision making. Continue reading

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Why Race Matters: Racial Trauma: Clients, Court and Conversations

Why Race Matters // March 24
Racial Trauma: Clients, Court and Conversations

Speakers: Dr. Steven Kniffley and La Mer Kyle-Griffiths
Thursday March 24, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

In this session, participants will leave with a better understanding of racial trauma and race-related stress as well as the psychological and physical impact on their clients. We will explore how to assess these impacts on our client and gather the building blocks of a rich story of our client’s experience. Participants will learn some of the flaws that can appear in evaluations and assessments by other players in the legal systems impacting our clients. Finally, we will build skills and tools to mindfully discuss these experiences with our clients and other witnesses and to bring these stories to life at every stage of the case. Continue reading

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Why Race Matters: Client Centered Advocacy Speaker Series: Centering Clients Voices

Introduction to Why Race Matters // March 11
Client Centered Advocacy Speaker Series: Centering Clients Voices
Speaker: Abrigal Forrester
Friday March 11, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

This module introduces participants to the Why Race Matters: Client Centered Advocacy Speaker Series. This presents a unique opportunity for participants to gain an understanding of why the issues of litigating race and addressing systemic racism in the adult criminal, juvenile, child and family regulation and mental health legal systems are critical in representing clients. Participants will begin to uncover the reality that creating and fostering an environment of acceptance and inclusiveness creates better outcomes for our practice, our office, and our clients. Continue reading

Defending Emerging Adults

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Lawyers leave with an understanding of the developmental complexities of Emerging Adults (18-25 year olds) and how to shift their representation to more holistic and developmentally appropriate advocacy to achieve better legal and life outcomes for their clients. Focused on the representation of Emerging Adult clients in the adult criminal court system but contains information relevant to all practice areas.

Target Audience:

Defense Lawyers representing Emerging Adults in Massachusetts Criminal Court

 

Training Modules and Dates:

Module 1: Introduction to Emerging Adult Development

Moderator: Katharine Klubock, January 12, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Introduces participants to this unique age group by providing a mix of national and local experts in the field, the strong voice of clients involved in the (in)justice system, and a discussion of adolescent development theory.

 

Module 2: Positive Youth Development as a Model for Holistic Representation

Moderator: Melanie Roberts, January 19, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Explains Positive Youth Development as a model for holistic representation for Emerging Adults. Attorneys explore the importance of understanding the DCF and DYS systems, educational rights, and the importance of collaborating with social workers to get the best outcomes for their clients

 

Module 3: Emerging Adult Case Law Primer

Moderator: Laura Alfring, January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

This session provides a case primer for developments in Emerging Adult Law in Massachusetts and across the United States, practical information about using relevant science in litigation and how to create a solid record to preserve issues for appeal.

 

Module 4: Emerging Adults In Criminal Practice

Moderator: Lipou Laliemthavisay, January 27, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Participants apply what they have learned in the previous sessions in an interactive skills session addressing motions in limine, jury instructions, voir dire questions, sentencing/mitigation, voluntariness and theory development.

 

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Defending Emerging Adults

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Lawyers leave with an understanding of the developmental complexities of Emerging Adults (18-25 year olds) and how to shift their representation to more holistic and developmentally appropriate advocacy to achieve better legal and life outcomes for their clients. Focused on the representation of Emerging Adult clients in the adult criminal court system but contains information relevant to all practice areas.

Target Audience:

Defense Lawyers representing Emerging Adults in Massachusetts Criminal Court

 

Training Modules and Dates:

Module 1: Introduction to Emerging Adult Development

Moderator: Katharine Klubock, January 12, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Introduces participants to this unique age group by providing a mix of national and local experts in the field, the strong voice of clients involved in the (in)justice system, and a discussion of adolescent development theory.

 

Module 2: Positive Youth Development as a Model for Holistic Representation

Moderator: Melanie Roberts, January 19, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Explains Positive Youth Development as a model for holistic representation for Emerging Adults. Attorneys explore the importance of understanding the DCF and DYS systems, educational rights, and the importance of collaborating with social workers to get the best outcomes for their clients

 

Module 3: Emerging Adult Case Law Primer

Moderator: Laura Alfring, January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

This session provides a case primer for developments in Emerging Adult Law in Massachusetts and across the United States, practical information about using relevant science in litigation and how to create a solid record to preserve issues for appeal.

 

Module 4: Emerging Adults In Criminal Practice

Moderator: Lipou Laliemthavisay, January 27, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Participants apply what they have learned in the previous sessions in an interactive skills session addressing motions in limine, jury instructions, voir dire questions, sentencing/mitigation, voluntariness and theory development.

 

Register

 

Defending Emerging Adults

>> Register

Lawyers leave with an understanding of the developmental complexities of Emerging Adults (18-25 year olds) and how to shift their representation to more holistic and developmentally appropriate advocacy to achieve better legal and life outcomes for their clients. Focused on the representation of Emerging Adult clients in the adult criminal court system but contains information relevant to all practice areas.

Target Audience:

Defense Lawyers representing Emerging Adults in Massachusetts Criminal Court

 

Training Modules and Dates:

Module 1: Introduction to Emerging Adult Development

Moderator: Katharine Klubock, January 12, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Introduces participants to this unique age group by providing a mix of national and local experts in the field, the strong voice of clients involved in the (in)justice system, and a discussion of adolescent development theory.

 

Module 2: Positive Youth Development as a Model for Holistic Representation

Moderator: Melanie Roberts, January 19, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Explains Positive Youth Development as a model for holistic representation for Emerging Adults. Attorneys explore the importance of understanding the DCF and DYS systems, educational rights, and the importance of collaborating with social workers to get the best outcomes for their clients

 

Module 3: Emerging Adult Case Law Primer

Moderator: Laura Alfring, January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

This session provides a case primer for developments in Emerging Adult Law in Massachusetts and across the United States, practical information about using relevant science in litigation and how to create a solid record to preserve issues for appeal.

 

Module 4: Emerging Adults In Criminal Practice

Moderator: Lipou Laliemthavisay, January 27, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Participants apply what they have learned in the previous sessions in an interactive skills session addressing motions in limine, jury instructions, voir dire questions, sentencing/mitigation, voluntariness and theory development.

 

Register

 

Defending Emerging Adults

>> Register

Lawyers leave with an understanding of the developmental complexities of Emerging Adults (18-25 year olds) and how to shift their representation to more holistic and developmentally appropriate advocacy to achieve better legal and life outcomes for their clients. Focused on the representation of Emerging Adult clients in the adult criminal court system but contains information relevant to all practice areas.

Target Audience:

Defense Lawyers representing Emerging Adults in Massachusetts Criminal Court

 

Training Modules and Dates:

Module 1: Introduction to Emerging Adult Development

Moderator: Katharine Klubock, January 12, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Introduces participants to this unique age group by providing a mix of national and local experts in the field, the strong voice of clients involved in the (in)justice system, and a discussion of adolescent development theory.

 

Module 2: Positive Youth Development as a Model for Holistic Representation

Moderator: Melanie Roberts, January 19, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Explains Positive Youth Development as a model for holistic representation for Emerging Adults. Attorneys explore the importance of understanding the DCF and DYS systems, educational rights, and the importance of collaborating with social workers to get the best outcomes for their clients

 

Module 3: Emerging Adult Case Law Primer

Moderator: Laura Alfring, January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

This session provides a case primer for developments in Emerging Adult Law in Massachusetts and across the United States, practical information about using relevant science in litigation and how to create a solid record to preserve issues for appeal.

 

Module 4: Emerging Adults In Criminal Practice

Moderator: Lipou Laliemthavisay, January 27, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3 CLE Credits approved for: Adult Criminal Trial, Adult Criminal Appeals, CAFL, CAFL Appeals, YAD, YAD Appeals

Participants apply what they have learned in the previous sessions in an interactive skills session addressing motions in limine, jury instructions, voir dire questions, sentencing/mitigation, voluntariness and theory development.

 

Register

 

Using Data to Raise Race

1 CLE – Delinquency, YAD Appeals, Adult Criminal, CAFL

Join us for an interactive discussion on finding and marshalling publicly-available data, tailoring discovery requests, and drafting motions to dismiss pre-arraignment to address claims of selective prosecution and racial profiling in juvenile cases.

Attorneys Cris Freitas and Deb Freitas will walk us through two cases where they raised these issues successfully, we will see how they acquired the data and provide suggestions for how to break down your case in order to make a persuasive argument for dismissal.