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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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The 3 “Rs” of Sentencing Storytelling.

No matter what the case, there are only three types of sentencing stories defense lawyers ever tell.  I call them the 3 “Rs”, and they are: REASONS, RELATIVITY and REDEMPTION.  Every case has at least one.  With a little bit of luck and whole lot of elbow grease, you may uncover all three. Understanding these…

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2019 “Bring Your Own Case” Capital Mitigation Training

This training is sponsored by NACDL for Alabama and Florida trial teams.  We are focusing on providing training to teams in this part of the country due to the very high numbers of death sentences and capital trials these areas continue to have.  Passon will serve as faculty to workshop cases with participants.  He will…

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Arizona Public Defender Assn.’s 17TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE

Passon will be presenting multiple sessions on storytelling and mitigation videos at this years Arizona Public Defender Assn.’s 17TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE Clear your calendars for the training event of the year. Our 17th Annual Conference will take place June 19 – 21, 2019 at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort. More information will be forthcoming.

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What Penguins Can Teach Lawyers About “Minding the Gap”

Forget the inauguration.  This Friday, January 20, 2017, is National Penguin Awareness Day!  I swear, that’s really a thing.  Google it. So, what do penguins have to do with lawyers and their clients? I’ll get there.  I promise!  Read on. Would it make our jobs easier if our clients, particularly those that will one day…

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