CPI Webinar Training 2020 Summer Series Registration
Event Timing: Thursdays, June 4-June 25, 2020, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Event Address: PDS Webinar - A Join Link will be emailed to registered participants the day before training.
All sessions are free. Sessions will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. All sessions will run for two (2) hours. D.C. Superior Court CLE credit will be authorized accordingly.
For registration inquiries please contact Marlene Morris at
Thursday, June 4th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I. BADO AND BEYOND: A LAWYER’S GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION OF YOUR NON-CITIZEN CLIENT
Presenter: Katie D’Adamo, Immigration Staff Attorney, PDS Trial Division
This session will review the latest immigration developments, including the en banc decision, Bado v. United States, 186 A.3d 1243 (D.C. 2018) expanding the non-citizen’s right to a jury trial based on deportable offenses not exceeding six months. The discussion will also include a review of common DC convictions, and even arrests, that render a non-citizen removable or change immigration status. Recent law enforcement directives that impact how interaction with the local criminal justice system triggers identification for deportation by ICE will also be discussed. This session will provide you with the necessary tools to get the best results for your non-citizen client.
Thursday, June 11, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
II. YOU HAVE EVIDENCE OF SELF-DEFENSE, BUT THE JUDGE WON’T LET IT IN – NOW WHAT? THE INTRICACIES OF THE LAW OF SELF-DEFENSE
Presenter: Ronald Resetarits, Staff Attorney, PDS Trial Division
This session will examine the legal and evidentiary differences between complete self-defense and imperfect self-defense, as well as the circumstances in which your client could be denied a self-defense jury instruction. Other aspects of self-defense also will be discussed, including the admissibility of the complainant’s or decedent’s reputation, and/or prior violent acts. Lastly, a client with a past felony conviction may be reluctant to mount a self-defense case when the weapon is a firearm because of his or her exposure to the serious charge of felon in possession of a firearm even if acquitted on the alleged assaultive conduct. Particular attention will be paid to corollary defenses where this circumstance is of concern.
Thursday, June 18, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
III. DNA DISCOVERY: UNDERSTANDING YOUR DNA CASE FILE
Presenters: Jessica Willis, Special Counsel for Forensics, PDS Trial Division
Kate Philpott, Forensic Consultant, PDS Trial Division
So you requested disclosure of the DNA evidence in your client’s case, and in response, the government provided you with reports and voluminous underlying data. Now what? This session will explore methods for interpreting the DNA case file including issue-spotting tips for whether or not the data supports the conclusions drawn by the analyst. Additionally, the discussion will focus on related evidentiary issues that affect the strength of the DNA evidence, including potential weaknesses in evidence collection, the chain of custody, and adherence to the lab’s own policies and procedures.
Thursday, June 25th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IV. FOURTH AMENDMENT LITIGATION STRATEGIES: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND HOW TO WIN SUPPRESSION HEARINGS
Presenter: Dominque Winters, Deputy Chief, PDS Trial Division
This session will cover new developments in Fourth Amendment law, including two recent decisions from our Court of Appeals, Posey v. United States and Dozier v. United States, that involved police encounters in the context of high crime areas and unprovoked flight from police, respectively. The training will also cover the intersection of cell phone search information and the Fourth Amendment, another area ripe for litigation. This session will cover many aspects of Fourth Amendment practice, including what constitutes a “search” or “seizure,” and some of the exceptions to the warrant requirement. Join us to learn how to get the most out of your Fourth Amendment suppression hearing.
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