Upcoming HAT Seminars

Anthony G. Amsterdam Capital Post-Conviction Skills Seminar
Duke Law School, Durham North Carolina
June 22-25, 2017

The Habeas Institute is an intensive learning by doing seminar designed to teach the skills necessary to prepare and conduct a post-conviction hearing in a capital case. This program is offered to federal defenders, CJA panel attorneys, and other attorneys who either represent or are interested in representing a death-sentenced inmate in post-conviction proceedings.  A National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) case file containing materials from the state court record in a capital case, together with evidence and information discovered after conviction, provides the program’s backdrop. Participants will brainstorm issues, interview and prepare witnesses, determine how to present proof, and conduct direct and cross-examinations of witnesses. This program will complement existing continuing legal education programs and ensure that the profession provides competent post-conviction representation in capital cases.

Limited Enrollment
Enrollment is limited to forty-eight licensed attorneys either currently representing or interested in representing a death-sentenced inmate in collateral review. To register, please go to http://etrak.fd.org/Login.aspx. You will need to Login in order to register. If you’ve attended a program in the past and haven’t created or updated your profile, your Login ID will be the email address you’ve provided to us and your password will be your last name with the first letter being capitalized. Example: Login ID: chastain_smith@ao.uscourts.gov, Password: Smith. If you have not attended a program in the past, you will need to create a Login ID. If assistance is needed, please email Caryn Pierce, Caryn_Pierce@ao.uscourts.gov.

A group block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Durham Marriott City Center, 201 Foster Street, Durham, NC. Details regarding how to make reservations can be found in the attachment of your confirmation email.

Check in for the seminar is 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017. The program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 12:00 noon. The Habeas Institute employs the highly effective learning-by doing method in which small groups of participants are teamed with one or two faculty members and perform skills exercises. The program schedule and course materials will be mailed to registered participants approximately fourteen days prior to the start date. All participants are expected to prepare in advance for the seminar.

Anthony G. Amsterdam Supreme Court Advocacy Institute
NYU School of Law, New York, New York
June 16-18, 2017

The goal of this training initiative, designed by Professor Amsterdam, is to improve the quality of strategic planning and advocacy on behalf of death-sentenced inmates in the Supreme Court of the United States and in the process of obtaining or avoiding Supreme Court review. While all facets of Supreme Court practice will be addressed, the emphasis of the program will be on the pre-merits stages of Supreme Court litigation, including tactics and techniques for writing persuasive petitions for certiorari, opposing certiorari when the client won below, handling amici curiae, etc.  

Twenty-Second Annual National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar
Atlanta, Georgia

August 10-13, 2017 

This seminar covers all aspects of representing state death row inmates in federal habeas corpus proceedings.