Location: Washington, DC
Date: November 10, 2020
This presentation will build on Captain Cody's webinar Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases: Obtaining and Understanding Military Records on from June 18, 2020, available here (password protected).
Military Veterans undergo an experience far removed from the vast majority of those who sit in judgment of them in the justice system. The military culture/experience, particularly if it involves combat, indelibly shapes the veteran and often has significant causal or mitigation implications relating to criminal offenses. At core, as mandated by Porter v. McCollum, 558 US 30 (2009), the lawyer's role and obligation in a veteran's case is to the greatest degree possible understand military culture and investigate and tell the vet's story -- to translate this uncommon experience into a human narrative that engenders the comprehension of a prosecutor, judge, jury and evokes their compassion. This practical instruction will assist lawyers in fulfilling their ethical obligation by exploring veteran culture, veteran client interaction, interpreting military records, interview techniques, and an archetypical veteran mitigation brief.
Captain Art C. Cody is the director of criminal law at Veteran Advocacy Project, New York, NY.
Start time is 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
This webinar may be eligible for CLE credit, where authorized. Applications are pending in all states that grant CLE for Training Division webinars.