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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020

  • 11:00 - 2:00       REGISTRATION
  • 2:00 - 2:15         WELCOME

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

Leon Cannizzaro, Jr., New Orleans Parish District Attorney, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 2:15 - 3:15         THE BEST OF THE BEST

Ward A. Campbell, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Sacramento, California

  • 3:15 - 3:30         BREAK
  • 3:30 - 5:00        SUPREME COURT UPDATE

Bill Bilderback, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Los Angeles, California

  • 6:00 – 8:00         RECEPTION

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020

  • 8:30 – 9:30     INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

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

  • 9:30 – 10:30     EXTENDING MILLER v. ALABAMA        

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

  • 10:30– 10:45     BREAK
  • 10:45 – 12:00    CONFRONTING EXOTIC MITIGATION DEFENSES

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

  • 12:00 – 1:30      LUNCH (On Your Own)
  • 1:30 – 2:30        ETHICS AND CRIME VICTIMS

Meg Garvin, Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute, Portland, Oregon

  • 2:30 – 3:30       CROSS-EXAMINING EXPERTS

Lance Long, Assistant District Attorney, Harris County, Houston, Texas

  • 3:30 – 3:45       BREAK
  • 3:45 – 5:00       TOP 10 MISTAKES IN CAPITAL CASES

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

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020

Appellate Breakout

  • 8:30 - 9:30       SUPREME COURT CLERK

Mara Silver, Death Penalty Clerk, United States Supreme Court, Washington, District of Columbia

  • 9:30 - 10:30       TEAGUE AND RETROACTIVITY

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

  • 10:30 – 10:45       BREAK
  • 10:45 – 12:00       ROUNDTABLE

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         TBD
  • 9:30 – 10:30      PREVENTING HUNG JURIES

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

  • 10:30 – 10:45     BREAK
  • 10:45 – 12:00     ROUNDTABLE

Angela C. Backers, (retired) Senior Deputy District Attorney, Alameda District Attorney’s Office, San Leandro, California

Ashley Rich, Mobile County District Attorney, Mobile, Alabama

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

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

General Session

  • 1:30 – 3:00             NOVEL ATTACKS ON DNA EVIDENCE

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

  • 3:00 – 3:15             BREAK
  • 3:30 – 5:00             ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020

  • 9:00 – 11:00        CASE STUDY: TIMOTHY JONES

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