ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS IN CAPITAL LITIGATION’S
41st ANNUAL CONFERENCE AGENDA

NOTE:  Times are all Central Daylight Time

TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2021

  • 10:30 – 10:45 WELCOME

Jennifer Miller, Criminal Appeals Division Chief, Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 10:45 – 12:00 SUPREME COURT UPDATE

Bill Bilderback, Senior Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Los Angeles, California

  • 12:30 – 1:30 CROSS-EXAMINING EXPERTS

Brian Baker, Assistant District Attorney, Brazos County, Bryan, Texas

  • 1:45 – 2:45 EXTENDING MILLER v. ALABAMA

Ron Eisenberg, Senior Appellate Counsel, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 3:00 – 4:00 SAFEGUARDING VICTIMS’ RIGHTS: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Rebecca S. T. Khalil, Director of Victim Assistance & Training, National Crime Victim Law Institute, Portland, Oregon

Amy Liu, Senior Appellate Attorney, National Crime Victim Law Institute, Portland, Oregon

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2021

  • 10:30 – 12:00 CONFRONTING EXOTIC MITIGATION DEFENSES

Donna Pendergast, First Assistant Attorney General Criminal Division, Michigan Department of Attorney General, Detroit, Michigan

  • 12:30 – 1:30                INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Roe Wilson, (retired) Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Harris County, Houston, Texas

  • 1:45 – 2:45 HABEAS CORPUS DEFENSES

Kent Scheidegger, Legal Director and General Counsel, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, Sacramento, California

  • 3:00 – 4:30 TOP 10 MISTAKES IN COMPLEX HOMICIDE & CAPITAL CASES

Angela C. Backers, (retired) Senior Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County, California

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021

  • 10:30 – 11:30 PREVENTING HUNG JURIES

Bill Turner, Assistant Attorney General, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Austin, Texas

  • 12:00 – 1:30                NOVEL ATTACKS ON DNA EVIDENCE

Rachel Singer, Chief, Forensic Science and Cold Case Unit, Kings County District Attorney’ s Office, Brooklyn, New York

  • 1:45 – 2:45 ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM: Protecting and Preparing Your            Capital Case

Beth Burton, Deputy Attorney General, Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Atlanta, Georgia

Honorable Paige Reese Whitaker, Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta, Georgia

Shelia Ross, Director of Capital Litigation, Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia

  • 3:00 – 4:45         CASE STUDY: TIMOTHY JONES

Rick Hubbard, Solicitor, Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Lexington, South Carolina