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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2022

  • 11:00 – 1:30             REGISTRATION
  • 1:30 – 1:45             WELCOME

Jason R. Williams, District Attorney, Orleans Judicial District, New Orleans, Louisiana

Lisa Tanner, Division Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Division (retired), Texas Attorney General’s Office, Austin, Texas

  • 1:45-2:45             THE BEST OF THE BEST

Steve Creason, Chief Counsel, Appeals Division, Office of the Attorney General State of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 2:45 - 3:00             BREAK
  • 3:00 - 5:00             THE TOP TEN MISTAKES IN COMPLEX

HOMICIDE AND CAPITAL CASES (BULLETPROOFING YOUR CASE)

Angela Backers, Senior Deputy District Attorney (retired), Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Oakland, California

  • 6:00 – 8:00             RECEPTION

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2022

  • 8:30 – 9:30             VOIR DIRE

Ashley Rich, Mobile County District Attorney, Mobile, Alabama

  • 9:30 – 9:45 BREAK
  • 9:45 – 10:45             AVOIDING A HUNG JURY

Bill Turner, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Prosecutions Division, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Austin, Texas,  (Lisa Tanner will contact)

  • 10:45 – 11:00 BREAK
  • 11:00 – 12:00 AVOIDING JURY NULLIFICATION

Kevin Petroff, First Assistant District Attorney, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, Galveston, Texas (Lisa Tanner will contact)

  • 12:00 – 1:30             LUNCH (On Your Own)
  • 1:30 – 2:45             COMPETENCE TO BE EXECUTED

Roe Wilson, Houston, Pennsylvania

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

  • 2:45 – 3:00             BREAK
  • 3:00 – 5:00             SUPREME COURT UPDATE EXECUTED

Bill Bilderback, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Statewide Capital Case Coordinator, California Department of Justice, Los Angeles, California


FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

Appellate Breakout

  • 8:30 - 9:30             EXECUTION-RELATED 18 U.S.C. § 1983 LAWSUITS

Edward Marshall, Chief, Criminal Appeals Division, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Austin, Texas

  • 9:30 – 9:45             BREAK
  • 9:45 - 10:45             THE SUPREME COURT CLERK’S OFFICE

Danny Bickell, Deputy Clerk, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington D.C.     (Ed Marshall will contact)

  • 10:45 – 11:00 BREAK
  • 11:00 – 12:00 ROUNDTABLE

Moderator: Steve Creason, Chief Counsel, Appeals Division, Office of the Attorney General State of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 12:00 – 1:30             LUNCH (On Your Own)

Trial Breakout   

  • 8:30 - 9:30             COLD CASES

Sheila Ross, Director of Capital Litigation, Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, Morrow, Georgia

  • 9:30 – 9:45 BREAK
  • 9:45 – 10:45             CLOSING ARGUMENTS

Lisa Tanner, Division Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Division (retired), Texas Attorney General’s Office, Austin, Texas

  • 10:45 – 11:00 BREAK
  • 11:00 – 12:00 RESPONDING TO MITIGATING EVIDENCE

Brian Baker, Assistant District Attorney, Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, Bryan, Texas

  • 12:00 – 1:30             LUNCH (On Your Own)

General Session

  • 1:30 – 2:30             DNA MIXTURES

Tamyra Moretti, Ph.D., Research Biologist, DNA Support Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Laboratory), Washington, D.C.

  • 2:30 – 2:45             BREAK
  • 2:45 – 3:45             FORENSIC ETHICS

Kevin Petroff, First Assistant District Attorney, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, Galveston, Texas (Lisa Tanner will contact)

  • 3:45 – 4:00             BREAK
  • 4:00 – 5:00             PRESERVING THE RECORD FOR APPEAL

Dana Ali, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Los Angeles, California


SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2022

  • 9:00 – 11:00             MEETING MENTAL DEFENSES

Park Dietz, MD, MPH, PhD, President, Park Dietz & Associates, Newport Beach, California (Ed Marshall will contact)