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FREE Webinar: Trauma and Mental Health Considerations in a Child Sex Trafficking Response

During the webinar, you will receive an overview of trauma and its effects on the victims of sex trafficking, including the impact on brain development and behavior. You will learn specific strategies for mitigating the effects of trauma as…

Poor Students More Likely to Play Football, Despite Brain Injury Concerns

Fears of brain injuries has deterred many parents and their children from choosing to play football. After years of publicity about how dangerous football can be, football enrollment has declined 6.6 percent in the past decade, according…
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Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Webinar for Criminal Defense Lawyers

For criminal defense lawyers of all types, clients with mental disabilities are a part of their practice. This includes the white collar criminal defense lawyer who represents an executive charged with tax evasion who functions despite a variety…
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The Startling Toll on Children Who Witness Domestic Violence is Just Now Being Understood

Witnessing abuse carries the same risk of harm to children's mental health and learning as if the children had been abused directly, new research shows. Read more.
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Death is Different XXV

Seminar Agenda  Thursday, February 21, 2019  7:30-8:30    Continental Breakfast provided 8:30- 8:45   Opening Remarks- Tania Alavi 8:45-10:15  DNA for Dummies- Deborah A. Goins 10:15-10:30 Networking Break 10:30-11:30…
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Registration Open: Team Mitigation Institute Atlanta

Mitigation created by a team of professionals in non capital cases is increasingly becoming the standard of practice.   This  bring-your-own-case institute is designed for defense teams to work on the mitigation in a non-capital case.   …
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Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Biloxi

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose e sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who've Committed No Crimes

Andrew Butler was a popular kid at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire, an honors student who was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Then, during college, Andrew tore his leg muscles, making even walking to class difficult.…

Orlando Public Defender's Office Hosts 17th Annual PD Clothing Drive

A very big thank you to all who volunteered and donated on Saturday . . . Not only did we resupply our closets with wardrobes for clients in court, we also: Provided warm clothing for people in need Saturday Connected with members…
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Are Alcoholics Really at Fault for Their Crimes?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   In April, I covered delirium and noted that there are many underlying etiologies that can cause it. One such etiology is Wernicke encephalopathy. What is encephalopathy? Encephalopathy is…

Did 'Warrior Gene' Predispose Man to Violence? Top New Mexico Court to Consider Evidence Issue

The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a judge improperly barred evidence of a genetic variation linked to impulsive violence in a man’s murder trial. Lawyers for Anthony Blas Yepez contend his genetic predisposition…
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Hyperconnectivity in a Brain Circuit May Predict Psychosis

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded scientists have discovered a pattern in the way a brain circuit works that may help predict the onset of psychosis. High levels of chatter, or “hyperconnectivity,” in a circuit involving…

17th Annual PD Clothing Drive - Saturday, December 15 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Getting ready for the Holidays? Please remember the 17th Annual PD Clothing Drive, Saturday, December 15, 2018 Please bring your clean, serviceable clothing for men, women and children to our collection point at the Orange County Courthouse…
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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince a Loved One to Give Up Their Guns?

Families of people with dementia will often take away the car keys to keep their family member safe. They might remove knobs from stove burners or lock up medicine. But what's less talked about is the risk of guns in the home for those…