Date: July 22, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially put to a halt field investigation in criminal cases for the last several months. Offices are now starting to be required to go to trial or participate in evidentiary hearings under troubling circumstances. Besides the challenges of the courthouse and trial process, and an essential aspect of preparing a case involves thorough defense investigation which typically includes in-person witness interviews. Can this be done, and how do we do those investigations in the field while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 for investigators, witnesses, their families and the public? This presentation will discuss the new challenges for defense teams and the people who do field investigation who want to maintain high quality representation of our clients while minimizing the risk of COVID-19.
Dr. Geoffrey R. Swain, MD, PMH, Madison, Wisconsin
Craig Albee, Federal Defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Herbert Duzant, Senior Investigator, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Sean Broderick, National Litigation Support Administrator, Defender Services Office, Training Division, Oakland, CA
Start time is 12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.