Representing Incarcerated Plaintiffs - Video Replay Colorado Springs

 
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May 2020
        
Representing Incarcerated Plaintiffs
An In-Depth Introduction to Litigating Civil Rights Claims Against Jails, Prisons, and Detention Facilities
 
Co-sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association Civil Rights Section and the CBA Young Lawyers Division
 
Highlights Include:
 
 
- Overview of Civil Rights Claims Arising in Jails, Prisons, and Detention Centers
- Civil Rights Lawyering from the Client’s Perspective
- Intersection of Criminal Defense and Prisoners’ Rights
- Prison Litigation Reform Act
- Nuts and Bolts of Prison Litigation
- Ethical Considerations in Prison Litigation
- Building and Sustaining a Prisoners’ Rights Practice
- Discussion of Available Pro Bono Panel Prisoners’ Rights Cases
 
Featuring a Panel Presentation on Civil Rights Lawyering from the Client’s Perspective. Hear from—
 
- Seifullah Chapman, an honorably discharged U.S. Marine who was released from prison after a federal court concluded that two of his convictions were unconstitutional. For more than a decade, Mr. Chapman has fought for the rights of incarcerated people, including himself, to receive adequate medical care while in prison. He is a dedicated teacher, husband, and father.
 
- Lindsay Saunders-Velez, a transgender woman whose civil rights case helped to change the way the Colorado Department of Corrections treats transgender people who are incarcerated. Ms. Saunders-Velez is currently studying social work and interning with the Colorado legislature. Her advocacy work focuses on bettering the conditions of confinement in juvenile and adult prisons across the state.
 
- Sean Taylor, a former Colorado Department of Corrections prisoner, who was released in 2011. Mr. Taylor is the Deputy Director of the Second Chance Center, a community re-entry program offering case management, mentoring, and vital resources to assist formerly incarcerated people reestablish their lives upon release. Mr. Taylor sits on several committees addressing gang issues in Denver and Aurora and is the Program Facilitator for CDOC’s i.L.I.V.E. program.
 
 
Program Description:
 
This full-day CLE will introduce you to and/or expand your knowledge of civil rights practice as it applies to jails, prisons, and detention centers. Whether you have never represented an incarcerated person before, or just want a refresher on prisoners’ rights work, you will learn everything from substantive law to the nuts and bolts of representing an incarcerated plaintiff to starting a prisoners’ rights practice or building one into your existing practice. We will also hear from formerly incarcerated clients who will share accounts of their experiences working with civil rights attorneys and discuss important ethical considerations to take into account when representing people who are incarcerated.
 
Please join us for this packed full-day CLE, which includes a working lunch and a networking happy hour to follow.
 
Agree to take a pro bono prisoners’ rights case in the coming year and attend for only $99!
 
Upcoming CBA-CLE Programs:
 
Effective Appellate Brief Writing: Table-top Training, May 15, 2020, CLE Classroom
 
Solo/Small Firm Conference, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, June 10-12, 2020
 
 
 
 
Home Study Purchases: Please note that all homestudies will be available approximately 2 weeks after the date of the LIVE program.      

Agenda:
 
 
8:30am – 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
9:00am – 9:05am
Welcome and Introduction
Presented by Danielle C. Jefferis, Esq., Clinical Teaching Fellow
 
9:05am – 10:30am
Overview of Civil Rights Claims Arising in Jails, Prisons, and Detention Centers
Presented by Olivia Kohrs, Esq., Aurora L. Randolph, Esq., and Amy Robertson, Esq.
 
10:30am – 10:45am
Networking Break
 
10:45am – 11:45am
Civil Rights Lawyering from the Client’s Perspective
Presented by Seifullah Chapman, Lindsay Saunders-Velez, and Sean Taylor
 
11:45am – 12:00pm
Pre-Lunch Break—Pick up Lunches for Luncheon Presentation
Lunch Provided, Sponsored by the CBA Young Lawyers Division
 
12:00 pm – 1:00pm
The Intersection of Criminal Defense and Prisoners’ Rights
Presented by David Maxted, Esq., and Tyrone Glover, Esq.
 
1:00pm – 1:15pm
Post-Lunch Break
 
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Prison Litigation Reform Act
Presented by Professor Nicole B. Godfrey, Esq., LLM, and Haley DiRenzo, Esq.
 
2:15pm – 2:45pm
The Nuts and Bolts of Prison Litigation
Presented by Rachel Kennedy, Esq.
 
2:45pm – 3:00pm
Networking Break
 
3:00pm – 3:50pm
Ethical Considerations in Prison Litigation
Presented by Professor Laura Rovner, Esq., and Nicholas (Nick) Lutz, Esq.
 
3:50pm – 4:45pm
Building and Sustaining a Prisoners’ Rights Practice
Presented by Gail Johnson, Esq., and Faisal Salahuddin, Esq.
 
4:45pm – 5:00pm
Discussion of Available Pro Bono Panel Prisoners’ Rights Cases
Presented by Edward Butler, Esq.
 
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Networking Reception Sponsored by the CBA Civil Rights Section  
Location Information
Law Office of Michael D Holder
405 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Registration Fees
CBA Civil Rights Section Member $179.00
CBA Member $199.00
CBA Young Lawyers Division $99.00
CLEACCESSPASS--ELITE Pass Holder $0.00
New Lawyer Edge Partner $0.00
Non Member $229.00
CLEACCESSPASS--BASIC Pass Holder $0.00
  • General Credits: 8.00
  • Ethics Credits: 1.00
Start Date - End Date
May 20, 2020
Start Time - End Time
9:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Event Location
Law Office of Michael D Holder
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Featuring a Panel Presentation on Civil Rights Lawyering from the Client’s Perspective. Hear from—
 
  • Seifullah Chapman, a former U.S. marine who was released from prison 10 years into his 65-year prison sentence. The same federal judge in Virginia who originally sentenced Chapman vacated his sentence on terrorism charges in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that shifted how the law defines violent crime.
 
  • Lindsay Saunders-Velez, a transgender woman who was an inmate in the men’s prison in Cañon City. She sued the Colorado State Prison system after being raped multiple times. She settled her case for $170,000.
 
  • Sean Taylor, who was released from prison in 2011. Governor Bill Ritter commuted his sentence after Mr. Taylor served 22 years for the murder of 17-year old Dean Rahim. Mr. Taylor works at the Second Chance Center helping former inmates stay out of prison and on the right path.