2017 Federal Death Penalty Authorized Case Consultation and Training Conference

Registration Restricted: because of limited capacity, please contact Tanya Greene.

The Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel (FDPRC), the Capital Resource Counsel (CRC), the Federal Capital Appellate Resource Counsel (FCARC) Projects and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Office of the Defender Services (ODS), are pleased to announce our annual Federal Death Penalty Authorized Case Consultation and Training Conference (ACT) which will take place from 5PM Wednesday, May 24 through 6PM Friday, May 26, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the St. Louis University School of Law.

This program is designed for defense practitioners on an active federal capital trial case. Your entire team is invited to attend the ACT program for the unique opportunity to access intensive training and consultation with numerous faculty and other teams engaged in federal capital defense practice.  Your team will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in both large group plenaries and small group workshops utilizing a client-centered approach with the majority of the program time spent in small group workshop sessions.  The focus of the 2017 program will be on mental health issues and the impact of incarceration experiences (e.g. juvenile detention, jail, state and federal prison) on our clients, as well as prison killings/BOP homicides.  Additional topics expected to be included in the program agenda will be overall brainstorming the case, effective teamwork, investigation and presentation of mitigation evidence, including trauma history, race and culture on the team and in the case, working effectively with experts, plea strategies, and victim work.

In the small group workshops, you will engage with your team members as well as with other experienced practitioners. All program attendees are expected to attend all sessions – this is an intensive program that requires full participation. Program faculty will be available to provide additional assistance to you during the training - and Resource Counsel will follow-up with your team -- as you continue to prepare for your capital trial or settlement of the case.

This Federal Death Penalty Authorized Case Consultation and Training Conference is free of charge.


To register for the ACT (each teammember must register and apply individually), please complete the Registration Form and send to Rachelle Chattin at chattin@dcr.net. Upon receipt of these forms from your team, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with instructions about how to complete your registration and make hotel reservations for our block of sleeping rooms.

Limited financial assistance for travel or lodging expenses is available through the Training Branch of the Office of Defender Services of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. If, anyone on your team is appointed under the CJA, and is interested in being considered for financial assistance, please request a Financial Assistance Application form from Rachelle Chattin, chattin@dcr.net. Completed Financial Assistance Application forms must be received by March 15, 2017. If you have any questions about financial assistance, please let us know.

2017 Federal Death Penalty Strategy Session - Save the Date
October 26 - 28, 2017
San Diego, CA

More information will be provided about this conference later this year.

Other Upcoming Training Programs
Federal Defender Investigator and Paralegal Seminar
May 2-4, 2017 - Long Beach, CA (slots may also be available for private practitioners)
For more information, click here
National Capital Voir Dire Training Program ("Colorado Method")
May 18-20, 2017 - Boulder, CO
For more information, click here.
The Bryan R. Schechmeister Death Penalty College
July 29-August 3, 2017 - Santa Clara, CA
For more information, click here.
Making the Case for Life
September 7-9, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV
For more information, click here.