Upcoming Events

SB 775:  Expanded Opportunities to Challenge Murder, Attempted Murder, and Manslaughter Convictions Under SB 1437 and Pen. Code § 1170.95 – November 3, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Please join First District Appellate Project and Office of the State Public Defender on Wednesday, November 3 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. for a jointly sponsored webinar on S.B. 775.

The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2022, adopts several major revisions, urged by the defense community, to both the substantive scope of S.B. 1437 and procedures under Pen. Code § 1170.95.  This short webinar will provide an overview of the new legislation’s principal provisions, including: (1) its inclusion of voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder in § 1170.95; (2) its clarification of the reasonable doubt burden of proof and evidentiary rules for § 1170.95 hearings; and (3) its provision allowing defendants whose cases are not yet final to raise challenges, based on S.B. 1437, on direct appeal.  The program will offer preliminary ideas on strategies for appellate defense counsel, including seeking expedited remands.  The panelists will also discuss the potential implications of the legislation’s provision of a direct appeal remedy for non-final cases.

Panelists for this presentation will be Rebecca Jones (panel attorney; counsel on People v. Duke, S265309), A.J. Kutchins (OSPD Director of Non-capital Litigation), J. Bradley O’Connell (FDAP Assistant Director). This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit, including appellate and criminal specialization. Click here to register.

Note: registration is not open to attorneys affiliated with prosecutorial agencies.

End-of-Year Legislative Roundup Webinar – November 9, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

There was no shortage of criminal and juvenile justice bills this past legislative session, and a number of new laws relevant to our practice will be taking effect at the start of next year. Join FDAP Staff Attorneys Nat Miller and Deborah Rodriguez on November 9, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for an end-of-year legislative roundup webinar providing an overview of these new laws and their likely impact on our practice. This webinar is approved for 1.0 hours of MCLE credit, including appellate and criminal specialization. Click here to register.

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