Strengthening the Sixth in Santa Cruz: Building Cases and Community Through Holistic Defense

February 24-25, 2023 | University of California, Santa Cruz

Stevenson Event Center, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 958064

Pending 12.5hrs of CLE credit (CA)


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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Location: Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060

5:00 – 8:30 pm

Bending the Arc of Justice: Reimagining the Legal System (Keeda Haynes)

Please visit this link for more information about the sold out event.



Friday, February 24, 2023

Location: UC Santa Cruz, Stevenson Event Center

8:30 – 9:30 am

Building the Foundation: Why do we do this work (Jeff Sherr and Lori James-Townes)

9:30 – 10:15 am

Client Centered Representation: My Journey from Prison to Public Defense (Keeda Haynes)

10:15 – 10:30 am

BREAK (on your own)

10:30 – 11:15 pm

Mitigation: The Key to Everything (Lori James-Townes and Caitlin Becker)

11:15–12:30 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

12:30–1:45 pm

Building Client Relationships (Jeff Chapdelaine)

1:45 – 2:45 pm

Getting Your Best Jury

(Lisa Wayne)

Electronic Files

(Jonathan Lyon)

Mitigation Skills

(Terri Collins-Green & Caitlin Becker)

2:45 – 3:00 pm

BREAK (on your own)

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Direct Examination

(La Mer Kyle-Griffiths)

Intersectionality and Collateral Consequences

(Donavan Bailey)

Threading the Needle: Sewing up the Case Through Closing Argument

(Aisha McWeay)

3:45 – 4:00 pm

BREAK (on your own)

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Team Defense (La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Jon Lyons, and Terri Collins-Green)


For full faculty bios, see our program information page here.



Saturday, February 25, 2023

Location: UC Santa Cruz, Stevenson College Room 175

9:00 – 10:15 am

Building Your Case Through Theory and Theme (Cathy Bennett)

10:15–10:30 am

BREAK (on your own)

10:30–11:30 am

Storytelling Through Cross Examination

(Deja Vishny)

Developing Expertise Among Non-attorney Members of the Defense Team

(Terri Collins-Green & Caitlin Becker)

A to Zs of Internet Investigation

(Jon Lyon)

11:30–12:45 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

12:45–1:15 pm

Dear Father: Creative Story Telling Because It Matters (Lori James-Townes)

1:15 – 1:30 pm

BREAK (on your own)

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Sentencing Advocacy Small Group Workshop 

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Putting It Together and Putting It Into Action (Lori James-Townes and Jeff Sherr)

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