Baltimore Mitigation Training Series

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University of Maryland Carey School of Law

500 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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Online registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending the training, but have not yet registered, please contact Erin at

Mitigation investigation is a powerful tool for those seeking to disrupt the dehumanizing narratives often seen in the criminal justice system. The Baltimore Mitigation Training Series provides participants with key skills and techniques needed to conduct such an investigation effectively.

This year's workshop will be held at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law on March 16 - 18, 2018. This will be a three-day training led by nationally recognized faculty.


Friday, March 16

12:30 - 1:00 Registration

1:00 - 1:15 Welcome

1:15 - 2:15
Plenary: Mitigation’s roots
Danalynn Recer

2:20 - 3:30
Plenary: Trauma's Impact: Effects and Treatment
Bethany Brand, Ph.D.

3:30 - 3:40 Break

3:45 - 4:45
Plenary: Ecological and Environmental Impacts to Development
Hope Hill, Ph.D.

4:45 - 4:55 Break

5:00 - 6:00
Advanced session: Advanced Records Collection
John Fox, MSW

Beginners session: Mitigation 101
Lela Hubbard, LMSW

Saturday, March 17

9:00 - 9:15 Registration

9:20 - 10:50
Plenary: Panel from Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign
Moderator: Tomiko Shine

10:35 - 11:00 Break

11:05 - 12:05
Plenary: Mitigation—The Heart of Criminal Defense
Liz Vartkessian, Ph.D.

12:05 - 1:15 Lunch

1:20 - 2:25
Advanced session: Day in the Life Interviewing
Danalynn Recer

Beginners session: Introduction to Case Management
Jessica Sutton and Sadie Kosaber

2:30 - 3:35
Advanced session: Neuropsychology 101 for Mitigation
Joette James, Ph.D

Beginners session: Restorative practices
Matt Zernhelt and Chris Flohr

3:35 - 3:45 Break

3:50 - 4:55
Advanced session: Working with Mental Health Experts (in capital and non-capital cases)
Ed Ungvarsky and Joette James, Ph.D

Beginners session: Working with Attorneys
Jessica Sutton

5:00 - 6:00
Plenary: Forward-looking mitigation and reentry planning
Elizabeth Vartkessian, Ph.D. and Rachel N. Johnson, Esq.

Sunday, March 18

9:00 - 9:15 Registration

9:20 - 10:20

Plenary: Contemplating Race in your Case
Tanya Greene

10:25 - 11:30
Plenary: Working with Victims and Survivors
Mickell Branham

11:30 - 11:40 Break

11:45 - 12:45
Plenary: The Power of Video for Mitigation
Kristin Adair

12:45 - 1:00 Evaluations and closing

Special thanks to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law for hosting the Baltimore Mitigation Training Series in 2018.

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Space is limited, so please let us know immediately ( if your plans change after registering so that others interested in participating can attend.

We have a group rate of $99 per night with the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, about a 5-minute walk from our training. After registering here, please contact Erin at by March 5 for booking details if you'd like to take advantage of the rate.

This training opportunity is free to all participants. When registering, you will have the option to make a donation to help us make future events like this possible. We ask that you give only if you wish to - your attendance is most important to us.

If you intend to seek continuing education credit for this training, please email Erin at in addition to noting it in your registration, as deadlines for us to apply for course approval vary by jurisdiction. Due to the number of jurisdictions represented, we will not be able to apply to any agency or association without having received a request.

If you are interested in learning how you or your company can get involved to support trainings like this in the future, please contact Erin at to learn about available sponsorships.

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University of Maryland Carey School of Law

500 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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Organizer Advancing Real Change, Inc.

Organizer of Baltimore Mitigation Training Series

ARC, Inc. seeks to transform the U.S. criminal justice system by providing comprehensive and accurate life history investigation to decision-makers in order to inform the fates of individuals facing the most severe penalties.

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