Upcoming HAT Seminars


Twenty-Second Annual National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead
tlanta, Georgia
August 10-13, 2017 

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 methods of execution, 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 (and cases currently pending in the Court) on capital post-conviction practice, as well as sessions addressing new developments and trends in the federal courts of appeal and other state and federal courts. The program will also address new legislative initiatives and administrative actions that may affect capital habeas representation. Individual case consultations will also be available, upon request, to persons attending the seminar.

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 a 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. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.

The seminar will be held on August 10-13, 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead. Lodging rate at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead is $140.

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 2 years 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 Chastain Smith at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov. You will receive a confirmation email of your enrollment in the program.
Onsite registration materials pick-up will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, and the program will begin at 5:00 p.m and end at 8:00 p.m.. The seminar is scheduled to conclude around 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2017. 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Chastain Smith via email at Chastain_Smith@ao.uscourts.gov.