Event Details

2013 National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS)
2013 National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS)

Mar 21, 2013 10:00am - Mar 29, 2013 12:00pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Event Type: Conference
Category: Educational Seminar

Description

Conference Overview

Since 1993, the National Alliance of Sentencing & Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS) Conference, formerly known as National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates (NASA), has been central to establishing sentencing advocates and mitigation specialists as key components of the defense team. 2013 represents our 20th Anniversary, a significant milestone for all who engage in this work. We invite you to attend NASAMS Celebrating 20 Years of Advocacy: “Affirming the Past, “Embracing the Present, Envisioning the Future”, March 21-23, 2013 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, to continue our mission of advancing the field of sentencing advocacy and fostering professional development.

This 2-1/2 day educational event includes meaningful plenary sessions, interactive sessions, and skills building workshops designed to enhance your skills in both capital and non-capital defense issues, juvenile justice, mental health, restorative justice holistic defense, advance and intermediate writing and communications skills.

Our 20th Anniversary Celebration Awards Dinner will take place on Friday evening, March 22.




Who should attend?

Mitigation Specialists, Sentencing Advocates, Defense Attorneys, Paralegals, Investigators, UCMJ Practitioners, Social Work, Law and Criminal Justice Students, and other legal advocates




Participants in the training will learn best practices in:

Traumatic Brain Injury • Telling Clients' Stories • Working with Persons with Sexual Disorders • Preparing Your Case • Representing Children in Adult Court • Maintaining and Growing your Private Practice • Autism Spectrum • Client-Centered Representation • Use of Demonstrative Aids for Sentencing, and much more. Additional Training on DSM-V and Advanced and Intermediate Writing Skills in Preparing to Testify and Taking the Stand





Conference Highlights


Opening Plenary Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Opening Plenary " Affirming the Past, Embracing the Present, Envisioning the Future" will set the evolutionary stage of our career and discuss earlier studies of young African American males in criminal justice system. The Sentencing Project Executive Director, Marc Mauer will review policy and national governmental decision-makers practices in the past, where we are at present, and how we can promote systemic change for the future. Sentencing Advocate Extraordinaire Cessie Alfonso will walk us though our past and show ways we can enhance the criminal justice system as sentencing advocates and mitigation specialists. Bring your lunch and expect interactive connections to how we move forward in our growing field.

Marc Mauer is the Executive Director of The Sentencing Project and one of the country’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system. He has directed programs on criminal justice policy reform for 30 years, and is the author of some of the most widely-cited reports and publications in the field, including Y oung Black Men and the Criminal Justice System, and the Americans Behind Bars series comparing international rates of incarceration. His 1995 report on racial disparity and the criminal justice system led the New York Times to editorialize that the report “should set off alarm bells from the White House to city halls – and help reverse the notion that we can incarcerate our way out of fundamental social problems.”

Race to Incarcerate, Mauer’s groundbreaking book on how sentencing policies led to the explosive expansion of the U.S. prison population, was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1999, and revised in 2006. Mauer is also the co-editor of Invisible Punishment, a 2002 collection of essays by prominent criminal justice experts on the social cost of imprisonment.

Ms. Cessie Alfonso is a nationally recognized expert in forensic social work. She is founder and President of Alfonso Consultants, Inc., and the first President of NASA-NASAMS. For the past 31 years Alfonso Consultants, Inc. has provided social work and biopsychosocial assessments to the clients of civil and criminal attorneys throughout the United States, as well as internationally. As a mitigation specialist, she and her associates conducted approximately 1,000 mitigation investigations since she began providing services.

Ms. Alfonso is a bilingual (Spanish speaking), bicultural (Afro-Puerto Rican-Cuban) social worker who has trained attorneys to appreciate, and integrate into their practices, the ethnic diverse and cultural aspects of their clients' lives. She is also a nationally recognized domestic violence/battered woman's expert who has appeared on national television, and has conducted training in this area to professionals in the criminal justice system.

Film Screenings
The House I Live In American Violet



Tentative Agenda at a Glance


Thursday, March 21st 2013
TimeEvent
11:00 am Registration
11:45 am - 12:00 pmWelcome Address
Presenters:
  • Ed Burnette,Vice President, Defender Legal Service, NLADA
  • Paul B. DeWolfe, Jr., Public Defender, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
  • Lori James-Townes, LCSW-C, Chief Social Work Services, MD Office of the Public Defender
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Conference Opening: Affirming the Past,Embracing the Present, Envisioning the Future
Presenters:
  • Marc Maur, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
  • Cessie Alfonso, President, Alphonso Consultants
  • Malcolm Young, Founder, The Sentencing Project
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmBreak Out Sessions
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmBreak Out Sessions
5:15 pm - 6:15 pmFounders Welcome and Reception
Opening Remarks by Betsy Biben, Attorney/Mitigation Specialist, Sentencing Advocacy Group
9:00 pm - 11:00 pmFilm Screening: America Violet
Friday, March 22nd
TimeEvent
7:00 am - 7:30 amYoga
8:00 am - 5:00 pmRegistration
8:00 am - 8:45 amContinental Breakfast
8:45 am - 10:00 amPlenary: Learning From Our Clients' Strength and Resilience
Moderator: Lori James Townes, LCSW-C, Chief Social Work Services, MD Office of the Public Defender
Panel:
  • Regina Kelly, The American Violet
  • William “Billy” Moore, Christ Assemble Evangelistic Ministries
  • Maurice Brown-Bey, Lead Shelter Monitor, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington
10:15 am - 11:30 amBreak Out Sessions
11:30 am - 12:55 pmFind Advocates and Lunch (brown bag)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmPlenary: A View From the Bench
Moderator: Avis Buchanan, Director, The Public Defender Service for the Distric of Columbia
Panel:
  • The Honorable Judge Robert Richter, Superior Court District of Columbia
2:45 pm - 4:15 pmFilm Screening: The House I Live In
4:15 pm - 5:15 pmBreak Out Sessions
6:30 pm - 8:45 pmAwards Dinner: Celebrating the Past Preparing For The Future
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Rapping, President/Founder, Gideon's Promise
Master of Ceremony: Lori James Townes, LCSW-C, Chief Social Work Services, MD Office of the Public Defender
Saturday, March 23rd
TimeEvent
7:00 am - 7:30 amZumba/Yoga
7:45 am - 12:30 pmRegistration
7:45 am - 8:15 amContinental Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 amBreak Out Sessions
10:00 am - 10:30 amHotel Check Out
10:30 am - 12:00 pmBreak Out Sessions
10:30 am - 12:00 pmCase Consultations
12:30 pm - 12:30 pmCEU Checkout



Tentative Breakout Sessions as of February 20th 2013


Thursday, March 21st
TimeWorkshop
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmFailure to Achieve Gideon- How has it Affected Our Practice
Presenters:
  • Edward Burnette, Vice President Defender Legal Service, NLADA
  • Malcolm Young, Founder, The Sentencing Project
  • Michael Millemann, Law Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmPreparing You Expert to Testify
Presenters:
  • Jerome Deise, Law Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
  • Cessie Alfonso, President, Alfonso Consultants
  • Rebecca Bowman-Rivas, Law & Social Work Service Program Manager, University of Maryland School of Law
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmRepresenting Children in Adult Court
Presenters:
  • James Johnston, Supervising Attorney, Youthful Defendant Unit, MD Office of the Public Defender
  • Bea Zipperle, LCSW-C, Advanced Social Worker, Youthful Defendant Unit, MD Office of the Public Defender
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmOrganizing Your Case- Preparing for the End at the Beginning
Presenters:
  • Penny Marshall, Consultant, Retired Chief Federal Public Defender Delaware
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmDSM-V: Revolutionary or Incremental Change?
Presenters:
  • Dr. Carlton Munson, Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmEffective Strategies in the Wake of Miller & Jackson
Presenters:
  • Patti Puritz, Executive Director, National Juvenile Defender Center
  • Timothy M. Curran
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmDSM-V: Revolutionary or Incremental Change?
Presenters:
  • Dr. Carlton Munson, Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmIt's All in the Word- Persuasive Writing
Presenters:
  • Courtland Milloy, Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Nicole Evers, Forensic Social Worker, Public Defender Service for DC
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmYou Have Not Because You Ask Not: Getting the Information You Need for Pre-Trial and Post-Conviction Proceedings
Presenters:
  • Lori James-Townes, LCSW-C, Chief Social Work Services, MD Office of the Public Defender
  • Penny Marshall, Consultant, Retired Chief Federal Public Defender Delaware
  • Joanie Shreve, Social Work Intern, MD Office of the Public Defender
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmRestorative Justice: Increasing the Possibility of Success
Presenters:
  • Phyllis Lawrence, Mitigation Specialist, Alexandria, VA
  • Ed Burnette, Vice President Defender Legal Service, NLADA
  • Bonnita Spikes, State of MD NAACP Criminal Justice Chair; Member, Governor's Board of Victim Services, Murder Victims Family Organizer for MD CASE (Citizens Against State Executions)
Friday, March 22nd
TimeWorkshop
10:15 am - 11:30 amMisdiagnosing Our Youth & Adult Clients: Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum and Syndrome
Presenters:
  • Dr. Susan Rich, Psychiatrist, Potomac, MD
  • William "Billy" Edwards, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles
10:15 am - 11:30 amWalking in Your Client's Shoes: Maintaining Client Centeredness- Ethical Considerations
Presenters:
  • Betsy Biben, LICSW, Chief, ORD, Public Defender Service, DC
  • Cessie Alfonso, President, Alfonso Consultants
  • Clinique Chapman, Forensic Social Worker, Public Defender Service for DC
10:15 am - 11:30 amDemonstrative Aids In Sentencing: Telling the Story with Genograms and Videos
Presenters:
  • Lori James-Townes, LCSW-C, Chief Social Work Services, MD Office of the Public Defender
  • Denise Smith
10:15 am - 11:30 amIt's All About Storytelling: Presenting Our Client's Life
Presenters:
  • Nicole Evers, Forensic Social Worker, Public Defender Service for DC
  • Katy O'Donnell, Chief Attorney Office of the Aggravated Homicide Division, MD Office of the Public Defender
10:15 am - 11:30 amImmigration Practice- What we Must Know About Immigration Consequences
Presenters:
  • Emily Datnoff, MIRC Immigration Attorney, MD Office of the Public Defender
  • Nadine Wettstein, Immigration Attorneys, MD Office of the Public Defender
4:15 pm - 5:15 pmMeet and Greet the Cast of The House I Live In
Moderator: Leigh Maddox
Panel:
4:15 pm - 5:15 pmJuvenile Session
Presenters:
  • Candace Chang, Mitigation Specialist, Defender Association of Philadelphia
4:15 pm - 5:15 pmCreating Teams: How to Work Through the Challenges
Presenters:
  • Megan Leschak
  • Kay Buehler
Saturday, March 23rd
TimeWorkshop
8:30 am - 10:00 amLatest Findings on Traumatic Head Injury
Presenters:
  • David Williamson, MD, Program Director, National Naval Medical Center, Inpatient Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury
8:30 am - 10:00 amAutism Spectrum - Most of Us Are Still in the Blind
Presenters:
  • Joette James, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Children’s National Medical Center
8:30 am - 10:00 amSex Offender Diagnoses, Treatment and DSM-V Updates
Presenters:
  • Richard Krueger, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
10:30 am - 12:00 pmHow to Survive in Private Practice- Ethical Dilemmas and Pitfalls
Presenters:
  • Christine Penry, Mitigation Specialist/Private Investigator, Penry Analytics
  • Rebecca Bowman-Rivas, LCSW-C, The University of Maryland School of Law
  • Tonyah Roberts-Johnson, Forensic Social Worker and Founder, Let's Talk About It Consulting Services
10:30 am - 12:00 pmYou Want to be a Forensic Social Worker or Mitigation Specialist- Q & A for Beginners
Presenters:
  • Clinique Chapman, Forensic Social Worker, Public Defender Service for DC
  • Michael Moore, Mitigation Investigator, Office of the Federal Public Defender
  • Denise Smith
10:30 am - 12:00 pmCase Consultation


Early registration ends on Jan 06, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jan 07, 2013 and ends on Mar 28, 2013.
Late registration starts on Mar 29, 2013.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
 

Registration Fees
Fee TypeMember FeeNon-Member Fee
 NASAMS 2013
Early: $200.00$350.00
Regular: $200.00$350.00
Late: $250.00$350.00
 Student Rate
Early: $150.00$150.00
Regular: $150.00$150.00
Late: $150.00$150.00