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Annual Conference 2020 - "Essential Essence" Webinar

May 20 & 22

Deadine to Register May 19

Annual Conference 2020 - "Essential Essence" Webinar

May 20 & 22

Deadine to Register May 19
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We have put together an Annual Conference "Essential Essence" webinar package to cover the essentials. Two webinars with two topics: 

Wed. May 20 @ 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 PMObtaining Police Disciplinary Records, Tristen Edwards of MPD, and Ethics:
Can I take my client's phone? Ethical Concerns in Processing Client Evidence," David Elkanich, Portland, and Carl Macpherson, Director, Metropolitan Public Defenders. Moderated by Kati Dunn, Canyon City

Fri. May 22 @ 11:00 a.m. to 1:35 PMProsecutorial Misconduct with Alec Karakatsanis, Founder and Executive Director, Civil Rights Corp, Washington, D.C. and the ever popular Appellate Update from Marc Brown at OPDS. Moderated by Noah Horst, Portland • Read more about Alec here.

This is a package and webinars will be recorded for those able to attend only one of the two. The package will then be made available in the CLE Archive for purchase.

Also included: The Board Elections! OCDLA is required to hold an Annual Meeting for the membership, so on Friday, May 22, the current OCDLA President Alyssa Bartholomew will give a report, the candidates for the board will pitch their case, and voting (by Survey Monkey) will conclude. On this and all things related to the 2020 Annual Conference Essential Essence, watch your emails from OCDLA.

Click "Agenda" at the left for more details.


Members — Lawyers $150   |   NonLawyers $110
NonMembers — Lawyers $225   |   NonLawyers $195
Students — $25, with membership included
Judges — $150

Who may attend?
OCDLA and WACDL members, other defense lawyers and those professionals and law students not involved in the prosecution function.

What’s included in the fee?
• Seminar admission
• Electronic material download
• CLE credit

Financial assistance?
Members contact OCDLA about scholarships, payment plans, or creative payment arrangements.

Cancellations made before May 19 will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations made after May 19 — once material download link has been emailed — will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation/written material fee. No-show policy: Written materials are emailed in advance to all participants. Video/audio materials will be sent to OCDLA members only; nonmembers who do not attend are ineligible to receive video recordings or a refund.

Can't Attend?
If you purchase the ticket but miss part of the webinars, the videos will be available to members to review later at no extra charge. Otherwise, the CLE will be available for purchase by members at a later date.

CLE Credit
Credit will be applied in Oregon and Washington for 2.75 general and 1 ethics credits. OCDLA is an approved jurisdiction in California. OCDLA is an approve Department of Public Safety Standards and Training CLE provider. For other state accreditation questions call OCDLA at 541-686-8716.



Program subject to change.

Wednesday, May 20
Moderated by Kati Dunn, Strawberry Mountain Law, PC, Canyon City

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Obtaining Police Displinary Records • Tristen Edwards, Metropolitan Public Defender, Portland
This presentation lays out the process of requesting police disciplinary records through the subpoena duces tecum process. The presentation will cover the subpoena, issues with the city’s motion to quash, and what arguments to raise at the motions hearing. Requesting police disciplinary records is important for so many reasons – it provides attorneys with potential impeachment material at trial, it makes the police nervous, it makes the DAs nervous, and increased requests/litigation on this issue could improve police transparency in Oregon. In the written materials, you will find a sample subpoena, the city’s motion, and a response brief.

11:45 to 11:50   Break

11:50  to 12:50  | Can I take my client's phone? Ethical Concerns in Processing Client Evidence"  • David Elkanich, Portland, and Carl Macpherson, Metropolitan Public Defender, Ethics
What happens when a client drops evidence in a lawyer’s metaphorical lap?  Can the lawyer put it in an evidence locker, test it on her own, or just give it back to the client?  Does it matter if the lawyer never actually touches the evidence?  Or if the evidence is contraband or an instrumentality of a crime?  This panel will explore what lawyers should and must do when they come into possession of evidence.  The panel will discuss the ethical and legal constraints on a lawyer, provide guideposts for lawyers to follow, and discuss how best to turn over evidence, if required.

12:50  Adjourn.

Friday, May 22
Moderated by Noah Horst, Portland
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Prosecutorial Misconduct • Alec Karakatsanis, Founder and Executive Director, Civil Rights Corp, Washington, D.C.

12:00 to 12:10  | Break

12:10 to 12:25 | Business Meeting

• President Makes Report
• Board Candidates Read Statements
• Final Voting and Announcement of New Board Members

12:25 to 12:35   BREAK

12:35 to 1:35 | Appellate Update • Marc Brown, Chief Deputy Defender, OPDS

1:35 Board of Directors Election Results, Adjourn.

Special Guest Presenter —

Alec Karakatsanis, Founder and Executive Director, Civil Rights Corp, Washington, D.C.
Before founding Civil Rights Corps, Alec was a civil rights lawyer and public defender with the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; a federal public defender in Alabama, representing impoverished people accused of federal crimes; and co-founder of the non-profit organization Equal Justice Under Law. | About



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