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2020 Community Defenders Seminar: Who Makes the Call? You or Your Client?

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University of San Diego

Warren Hall, Room 3A

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

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The USD School of Law & Community Defenders, Inc. presents:

Who Makes the Call? You or Your Client?

For too long, criminal defense lawyers have believed that a client has got to make only four decisions about his or her case, namely (1) whether to plead guilty or not guilty; (2) whether to testify at trial; (3) whether to waive jury trial and (4) whether to forego the appeal. The rest of case-related trial management decisions/strategies were solely the province of the lawyer.

This incorrect premise is based on the fact for most, if not virtually all of us, law school did not prepare us on how to make the kinds of decisions that must be made by both the lawyer and the client.

This seminar focuses on well-established and recent law, both by federal and state courts, on attorney-client decision making. The recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in McCoy v. Louisiana provides a central theme for presenters, all of whom have extensive experience in decision making.

Program - 4.5 Hours of Ethics credits

8:30 – 9:00 a.m., Warren Hall, Writs Lounge, First Floor
Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 a.m., WH-3A
Session 1: The Law
Speaker: Chuck Sevilla

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Session 2: Practical Decision Making with the Typical Client
Speakers: Kathy Nester and Vickie Fernandes

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., 2nd Floor Lobby
Session 3: Lunch & Understanding the Client Leads to Better Decisions
Speaker: Honarable Shereen Charlick,
Judge, Superior Court of San Diego

1:15 – 2:30 p.m., WH-3A
Session 4: Practical Decision Making with Challenging Clients
Speakers: John Cotsirilos and Jack Earley

If you register before Jan. 17, 2020, you will receive continental breakfast and lunch
Registrations received after Jan. 20, 2020 or at the door are not guaranteed lunch

MCLE Information

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies this activity is approved for 4.5 hours of Ethics credit.

Community Defenders, Inc. Grant Committee

  • Laura Berend, Esq.,San Diego

  • John Ellis, Jr., Esq., San Diego

  • Rebecca P. Jones, Esq., San Diego

  • Alex Landon, Esq., San Diego

  • Liz Missakian, Esq., San Diego

  • Jean Ramirez, Professor, USD, San Diego

  • Zaki Zehawi, Esq., San Diego


What are my parking options for the event?

From Linda Vista Road, turn east on Alcala Park Way. Stay in the right lane, drive past the parking kiosk, and at the stop sign turn left onto Torero Way. Make the immediate left turn onto Camino San Diego and park in the lot between Pardee Legal Research Center and Warren Hall. Enter Warren Hall on the first floor.

Parking on Saturday is free.

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5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

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