August 9 - 12, 2001

The Renaissance Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee



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Thursday August 9

6:00 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.          Welcome & Announcements

Merle Freedman, Denise Young

6:10 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.          Welcome to Nashville

Henry Martin

The Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt,

      Senior United States Circuit Judge

6:40 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.          Introduction of Will Campbell

George Barrett

6:45 - 7:30 p.m            Keynote Address

The Rev. Will D. Campbell

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.          Telling Our Client=s Stories in the Context

                                          of Capital Post-Conviction Litigation

Judy Clarke, Denise de La Rue

Friday August 10

9:00 a.m.  - 10:30 a.m. The Supreme Court: Developments, Trends, Pending Cases

                                                Tim Ford, George Kendall, Mark Olive

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.      Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions

                                          1)   Conceptualizing Post-Conviction Litigation*

John Blume

2)   Positioning for McCarver I - Developing and Litigating Persuasive Claims of Mental Retardation

                                                Jim Ellis, Pam Leonard, Michael Pescetta

                                          3)   Challenging Clients: AVolunteers@

                                                Kelley Henry, Mandy Welch, Denise Young

                                          4)   Crafting a Persuasive Cert Petition and Other Supreme Court Practice Tips

                                                David Bruck, Tim Ford

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  LUNCH

[Grayhairs and upstarts:  During Lunch, HAT counsel will be available in the East Ballroom to discuss pending cases or other topics of relevance with attorneys new to capital post-conviction litigation]

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.          Ethical Dilemmas for Capital Post-Conviction Counsel

Professor Kathleen Clark, Larry Fox

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.          Concurrent Sessions

                                          1)   The Development and Presentation of State Misconduct Claims*

Tom Dunn, Michael Laurence, Mandy Welch        

                                          2)   Assessing and Attacking the Qualifications of Forensic Evidence Labs and Examiners

Russ Stetler, Nick Trenticosta

                                          3)   Junk Science

Clive Stafford Smith

                                          4)   AEDPA for the Uninitiated

Keir Weyble, Denise Young

3:45 p.m.-  4:00 p.m.          BREAK

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.          2254(d) & (e): Developing a Unified Conceptual Model

John Blume

5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.          The Innocence Protection Act, the ANew@ Public Opinion

                                          and Other Significant Developments

Ray Bonner, George Kendall, Peter Loge

9:00 p.m. until                     Benefit for the Equal Justice Initiative: 3rd and Lindsley

Saturday August 11

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.        The Development and Presentation of Race Issues

                                          in Capital Post-Conviction Litigation

Sheri Johnson, George Kendall, Bryan Stevenson             

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.      Break

10: 30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.     Concurrent Sessions

                                                1)   An Introduction to Mental Health Issues

                                                      in Post-Conviction Litigation*

                                                            Dick Burr, Scharlette Holdman, Linda McGrew

                                                2)   Working for State Legislative Death Penalty Reform

                                                            Jim Ellis, Peter Loge, Ken Rose                  

                                                3)   Working with the Press

                                                            Ray Bonner, David Bruck

                                                4)   Procedural Default, Exhaustion and other AEDPA Issues

                                                            Rob Dunham, Michael Pescetta, Joe Schlesinger

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions

                                                1)   The Development and Presentation

                                                            of Juror Misconduct Claims*

Ruth Friedman, Diana Holt 

2)      Opt-in Developments, Litigation and Issues

Tim Ford, Michael Laurence

3)      Stopping the Clock: Statute of Limitations Issues in the Post-Duncan World

George Kendall, Keir Weyble

4)      Litigating a Capital '2255 Case

Dick Burr, Judy Clarke

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH

[Grayhairs and upstarts:  During Lunch, HAT counsel and other experienced capital habeas litigators will be available in the East Ballroom to discuss pending cases or other topics of relevance with attorneys new to capital post-conviction litigation]

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.          Emerging Mental Health Trends in Capital Post-Conviction Litigation

Scharlette Holdman, Kathy Wayland

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.          Concurrent Sessions

                                                1)   The Development and Presentation

                                                            of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims*

Monica Foster, Robert McGlasson, Bill Redick

                                                      2)   Competency Claims - Litigating Competency to Stand Trial, Competency to Proceed, Competency to Be Executed

Teresa Norris, Denise Young

3)      Understanding Trauma

Kathy Wayland

4)      Memory Manipulation and Enhancement

Sheri Johnson

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.          BREAK

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Litigating International Law Claims

                                                Sandra Babcock, Tim Ford

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.          Concurrent Sessions

1)      Persuasion I B Crafting a Persuasive Affidavit or Declaration*

Scharlette Holdman, Michael Laurence, Mark Olive

2)      Winning Issues in the State and Federal Courts

Paul Bottei, Robert McGlasson

3)      Negotiations in Capital Post-Conviction Litigation

Monica Foster, Russ Stetler

4)      Challenging Prior Convictions and Other Aggravating Evidence

Kelley Henry, Denise Young           

Sunday August 12

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.        Things Are Happening Outside the Boxes

Millard Farmer

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.      Concurrent Sessions

1)      Persuasion II - Protecting Facts and Law

                                                      in Capital Post-Conviction Proceedings*

Mark Olive   

2)      Snitches and Informants

Tom Dunn, Russ Stetler

3)      Empirical Studies Relevant to Capital Post-Conviction Litigation

John Blume

                                                4)   The Challenges of Working in a Capital Habeas Unit

                                                in a Federal Defender Office

Rob Dunham, Michael Pescetta, Joe Schlesinger

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.      The End Game:  Developing Strategies for Successors and Clemency

Chris Minton, Mark Olive

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.      Closing Remarks

Henry Martin



PLEASE NOTE:  An asterisk (*) indicates that the session is designed for participants without substantial capital post-conviction experience, participants litigating their first case, or those preparing for their first evidentiary hearing.