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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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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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Seeing is Believing: Using Visual, Emotion-Based Storytelling at Sentencing and Penalty Phase (WEBINAR)

June 30, 2020 Hosted by: ARC (Advancing Real Change)  Passon will give a 90-minute live webinar for ARC on using pictures and video to tell your client’s story, particularly for those who are working with minimal equipment or limited budget.  Advancing Real Change, Inc. promotes justice by ensuring that the life histories of people charged with…

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Arizona Public Defender Assn.’s 18TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE

Passon will be presenting multiple sessions on storytelling and mitigation videos at this years Arizona Public Defender Assn.’s 18TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE Clear your calendars for the training event of the year. Our 18th Annual Conference will take place Dec. 16 – 18, 2020 at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort. More information will be forthcoming.

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