Entries by Public Defender 9th Circuit

Webinar: Head Trauma, Comprehension, and Intoxication – August 5 at 3 PM

This presentation will cover the different types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that result from trauma to the brain to build a foundation of how trauma affects the brain, and then will dive into the application in criminal cases. Discussion will include aggressive behavior, alcohol intoxication and consent capacity after TBI. Criminal attorneys and investigators […]

Webinar: Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases: Obtaining and Understanding Military Records – July 15 at 1 PM

Veterans undergo an experience far removed from the vast majority of those who sit in judgment of them in the justice system. The military experience, particularly if it involves combat, indelibly shapes the veteran and often has significant causal or mitigation implications relating to criminal offenses. Seeking military records can be difficult and understanding those […]


Data and Information Sharing Virtual Learning Community Part 2: Data Sharing Among Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Partners—Addressing Data Sharing Agreements and Confidentiality Concerns – June 24 at 12 PM

One of the biggest barriers to data and information sharing across criminal justice and behavioral health partners is the lack of a secure and workable system through which to house and share the data. Across the myriad of options, communities may struggle to understand, afford, and/or implement effective mechanisms and platforms to facilitate effective data […]

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As COVID-19 Spreads In Prisons, Lockdowns Spark Fear Of More Solitary Confinement

Prisons across the country have placed prisoners on lockdown — they’re kept in their cells mostly around-the-clock — as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Now prison reformers are worried that the response has increased the use of a practice they’ve long fought: solitary confinement. “We’re starting to see an alarming trend […]


Unlikely Allies in Research: Ways to Use Research in Public Health to Tell Our Clients’ Stories – June 18 at 2 PM

Join the National Association for Public Defense for its next Social Work Meet Up where Dr. Sharon Jones-Eversley will be our guest lecturer and will discuss “Unlikely Allies in Research: Ways to Use Research in Public Health to Tell Our Clients’ Stories.” We will end the hour together discussing the implications of the death of […]

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Florida Supreme Court Reverses Itself on Death Penalty Restriction from 2016

Saying it made a “clear error” in 2016, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped a decision that gave some Death Row inmates another chance to argue that they should be shielded from execution because they have intellectual disabilities. The ruling came a week after justices tossed out a decades-old legal standard about circumstantial evidence […]

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Online Course: Intellectual Disability in Capital Cases

It is our mission to ensure that no one with intellectual disability is ever executed. We are dedicated to equipping all members of the capital defense team with the tools needed to discover, investigate, and effectively litigate intellectual disability. This month-long online training introduces participants to the nuances of investigating and litigating intellectual disability claims […]

Social Worker Meet Up – May 21 at 12 PM

Please join us for our second social worker meet-up to discuss the issues you shared in the survey, such as current practices and standards concerning client advocacy and representation in your jurisdictions, how to better work with your teams, balancing work and home life, as well as other issues of interest to the group. Read […]

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Webinar: Lessons from Social and Neurological Perspectives on Positive Youth Development – April 23 at 4 PM

Our juvenile justice system began to take shape during a time of massive immigration and rapid growth of urban areas. Poverty, lack of supervision, and deplorable living conditions were seen as conditions that fostered delinquency. As the system evolved and as children of color continued to grow, unfortunately, a more punitive philosophy developed. Although behavioral health […]