Until the Work Is Done

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting a woman named Terry Fear.  I was planning a Zoom panel discussion for a group of community lay leaders where I live in Arizona; the topic of which was to be the federal death penalty.  Terry, an activist who lives near Terre Haute, Indiana (home of the…

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CAPITAL DEFENSE INSTITUTE (KENTUCKY DEPT. OF PUBLIC ADVOCACY) (WEBINAR) | DEC. 11, 2020

The KY Dept. of Public Advocacy provides high quality, client-centered legal representation to indigent persons of all ages, accused of crimes or facing a deprivation of liberty throughout the Kentucky.  The Capital defense institute provides high-quality training to aid teams in all facets of death penalty litigation.  Passon will be presenting on the use of…

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Sorry, Narrative, you’re not nearly as cool as you think you are…

We often use the terms “narrative” and “story” interchangeably.  Screenwriting guru Robert McKee (See, Five Reasons Every Lawyer Should Study The Art of Screenwriting) tells us these terms are NOT synonymous!  All stories are narratives, but not all narratives are stories.  So, what’s the difference? Imagine us now hunkered down in our favorite local watering…

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Defense Map – The Incredible FREE Tool To Help You Unearth Your Client’s Hidden Story Treasures!

Is a plug still shameless if what the plugger is plugging is 100 percent free forever?  If so, forgive the shameless plug, but this is too important to miss. The purpose of Defense Map (www.defensemap.com) is to “uncover[] as much as possible about [your] clients’ game-changing backstories”. The creator of Defense Map is Indiana lawyer…

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“Tell me a story”, Says Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner!

My colleague Alan Ellis travels the country interviewing judges about the most (and least) persuasive elements of sentencing advocacy.  In a recent article published in Law360, Mr. Ellis conducts an extensive interview with Judge Nancy Gertner.  It’s an essential read for all criminal law practitioners.  The full article can be accessed HERE.  The following are…

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