2020 Community Defenders, Inc. Seminar: "Who makes the Call? You or Your Client?"

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2020 Community Defenders, Inc. Seminar: "Who makes the Call? You or Your Client?"

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Date and Time

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Warren Hall, Room 3A

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




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. An electronic version of the syllabus will be provided.

Registration Information

Early Registration Rates (received before Friday, January 17, 2020)
(includes electronic version of the syllabus, continential breakfast, and lunch)

  • General Registration: $50.00
  • USD Alumni: $40.00
  • Current Federal Defenders and Appellate Defenders: $40.00
  • Office of the Public Defender/Alt. Public Defender/CJA, OAC and ADI Panel Attorneys: $40.00
  • USD Students: $25 (Full reimbursement with proof of attendance)
  • Former Defenders, Inc. (1968-1986) or Community Defenders, Inc. (1987-1988) Attorneys: No charge
  • USD Faculty: No charge

Please register online here.

If you are unable to register online, please email usdlawevent@sandiego.edu.

Registration Rates (received after Monday, January 20, 2020 and at the door)

  • $65.00 (at-door registration will not guarantee lunch)

Community Defenders, Inc. Grant Committee

  • Laura Berend, Esq.
  • John Ellis, Jr., Esq.
  • Alex Landon, Esq.
  • Liz Missakian, Esq.
  • Jean Ramirez, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
  • Lynda Romero, Esq.
  • Zaki Zehawi, Esq.


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