National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar

August 13-16, 2015
Charlotte, NC


The Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel (HAT) and the Defender Services Training Division of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) are pleased to announce the Twentieth Annual National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar, a program on habeas corpus law and procedure. The seminar will be held on August 13-16, 2015 in Charlotte, NC. This seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to: federal defenders; Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys; attorneys interested in representing a death-sentenced inmate in federal collateral review; state court practitioners who are currently appointed or seeking appointment in  federal capital habeas corpus proceeding; mitigation specialists and investigators providing services pursuant to the CJA. There will be no tuition, and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. The AO also will make available, to a limited number of applicants, funding to cover travel expenses (airfare and/or lodging only) as detailed in this memorandum. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.

This nationally-recognized program, the only one of its kind, focuses on representation in capital habeas cases in toto. Among other topics, experienced capital habeas litigators will address claim identification, various aspects of capital post-conviction investigation, factual and legal development and presentation of claims, the use of mitigation and mental health experts, the litigation of issues related to intellectual disability, mental illness, race and lethal injection, substantive and procedural habeas corpus jurisprudence and clemency practice. The program will also have a number of focused sessions devoted to providing attendees with information regarding the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions on capital post-conviction practice, as well as sessions addressing new developments and trends in the federal courts of appeal and other courts. The program will also address new legislative initiatives and administrative actions that could effect capital habeas representation. Individual case consultations will also be available to persons attending the seminar.

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