National Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence

Fifteenth National Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence
April 19-22, 2018
Miami Marriott Dadeland, Miami, FL

This unique training initiative will bring together nationally recognized mental health experts, mitigation specialists, and capital defense attorneys to discuss new developments and recurring issues related to social history investigation and the comprehensive development and integration of mitigation evidence at all stages of representation in capital cases.  This seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to, federal defenders, CJA panel attorneys, mitigation specialists, investigators, and attorneys interested in representing an inmate in federal collateral review, and state court practitioners who are currently appointed or seeking appointment in a capital proceeding in federal court. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for attorneys will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions. There will be no tuition and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts'  Defender Services Office also will make available, to a limited number of applicants, funding to cover travel expenses (airfare and/or lodging only). Space is limited to 200 attendees.  

To register, please go to You will need to Login in order to register. If you've attended a program in the past and haven't created or updated your profile, your Login ID will be the email address you've provided to us and your password will be your last name with the first letter being capitalized. Example: Login ID: sends e-mail), Password: Smith. If you have not attended a program in the past, you will need to create a Login ID. If assistance is needed, please email Lauren Billups at sends e-mail). You will receive an automatic confirmation email of your enrollment in the program and you will be provided information on how to make your hotel reservation. Please be sure to read the attachment in the email.

We expect that on-site registration and materials pick-up will commence at 3:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, and the seminar will conclude by 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Limited funds are available to cover airfare and/or lodging costs for individuals who require financial assistance to attend this seminar. You must be currently appointed to, or expect to soon be appointed to, a federal capital habeas case to be eligible for payment of your travel costs. Employees of federal defender and community defender offices are not eligible to apply. To apply for financial assistance, you must complete the financial assistance application form and submit it, along with the letter noted in the application. Requests will be prioritized by financial need and the extent of the applicant’s involvement in federal capital habeas corpus representation. Please be sure you provide all required information and your application reaches us by February 19, 2018. Incomplete requests and those received after the deadline will not be considered. If you apply for financial assistance, please do not make airline reservations until you are notified about a decision on your application and furnished with information on how to secure those reservations. You should receive notification about your financial assistance request by March 5, 2018.