[Tribal-drug-courts] AU Webinar Series Announcement: The Role of Defense Counsel in Drug Courts and in Dealing with Drug-Involved Defendants - REGISTRATION

Lauren van Schilfgaarde Lauren at tlpi.org
Fri Feb 26 12:13:03 CST 2016

Good Morning,

The BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University is presenting a three-part interactive webinar series that addresses the critical role of defense counsel in drug court programs as well as in representing drug-involved offenders both within and outside of the drug court context. The series is entitled: The Role of Defense Counsel in Drug Courts and in Dealing with Drug-Involved Defendants.

The sessions will deal with a wide range of issues and functions that defense counsel must address on an on-going basis. These include their legal and ethical responsibilities, the protection of constitutional rights, and the need to apply evidence-based and best practices. These obligations continue from arrest, through initial appearance, program entry, and the time of screening for substance use, and they persist further through the stages of treatment and supervision until the ultimate case disposition.

The first webinar session, entitled Methods to Improve the Skill Level of Defense Counsel Representing Clients Impacted by Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Issues, will be presented by Yvonne Smith Segars, Esq., and Michael L. Perlin, Esq. on Tuesday March 8, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. This session will focus on challenges defense counsel may encounter in representing defendants with mental and cognitive impairments associated with their drug use, particularly those who may not have a clinical diagnosis but have an impairment that may impact their acceptance into the drug court -- or their being overlooked for potential program eligibility -- as well as their ability to comply with program requirements at least initially. In this sense, defense counsel may be serving in the role as “first responder” to these impairments as well as legal counsel.

Session 1: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11 AM PST// 2 PM EST

Please see the attached announcement for more information on the series and the first session.

Please follow the instructions below to register for the upcoming first session of the webinar series.
To register for the event:
1. Go to: https://bja-au.webex.com/bja-au/onstage/g.php?PRID=49632352dfd6922e03019ce70d2f395c

2. Choose the webinar event you would like to register for and click Register.

3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.

Please contact Monica Fuhrmann (fuhrmann at american.edu<mailto:fuhrmann at american.edu>) or myself (ccooper at american.edu<mailto:ccooper at american.edu>) if you have any questions on the webinar or the registration process.

We look forward to your participation.

Caroline Cooper

Caroline S. Cooper, BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project
Research Professor and Director
Justice Programs Office, School of Public Affairs
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Brandywine Suite 100
Washington D.C. 20016-8159
Telephone: 202/885-2875            Fax: 202/885-2885

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