Mission Possible: Defending Sex Cases
March 3–4, Global Scholars Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene
1710 E. 15th Avenue
Friday, March 3
Moderator: Reid Kajikawa, Public Defense Services of Lane County, Eugene
12:00p Registration/Check In
1:15 How Jury Instructions Help De-Select Jurors in Sensitive Cases
Jason Thompson, Salem
2:15 Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse Issues
Sean Lo, Metropolitan Public Defender, Portland
2:45 Suppressing ISP/ESP Evidence
Josiah Roloff, Roloff Digital Services, Spokane, WA | Read more
Steven Sherlag, Portland
4:00 Adjourn for the day
5:00–6:30 Reception – OCDLA Office
Saturday, March 4
Moderator: Thaddeus Betz, Bend
7:45a Continental Breakfast (included)
8:30 Compartmentalization and Connection: Conversations on Emotion and Stress in the Practice of Law
(Mental Health/Substance Use Credit)
Trauma informed representation- client, child, complainant- wellness or practical skills
Kyra Hazilla, Oregon Attorney Assistance Program
Rosalind Manson Lee, Eugene
The practice of law gives rise to myriad emotional responses. Our ability to navigate the challenges of professional life is affected by our skill at managing our relationships with clients but also with our own internal experiences. Many members of the legal community have found the last three years incredibly challenging, stressful, and bordering on unmanageable some days. In a vocation already replete with stress, current circumstances are increasing the level of stress, burnout, and symptoms of mental health conditions for practitioners as well as affecting the functioning of clients. Developing stress management techniques that recognize the emotional content of legal work is a vital strategy to mitigate stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma.
Lawyers who attend this 60-minute presentation will:
• Increase awareness of the challenges lawyers face related to stress, anxiety, and depression;
• Explore the emotional toll of our work including anger, sadness, despair, disgust, fear, isolation, as well as joy and connection;
• Learn strategies to increase connectedness in the practice of law and in non-professional relationships, including engagement groups;
• Discuss complicated client relationships and some of the strategies that allow us to experience the humanity of our clients.
9:30 Other Acts Update: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Ryan O'Connor, O'Connor Weber, LLC, Portland, and Emily Seltzer, Office of Public Defense Services, Salem
10:30 Break/Door Prizes & Refreshments
10:45 Demystifying the Reid Technique: How to Keep Your Client’s Unreliable Statements in the Interrogation Room
Dr. Sara C. Appleby, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mercer | Read more.
Zack Stern, Salem
Dr. Sara Appleby, a social psychologist and false confession expert, will break down the Reid technique and provide practitioners a roadmap that lays out what to look for that increase the risk of false confession. Zack Stern, neither a social psychologist nor false confession expert, will identify some legal hooks available to prevent unreliable statements from sinking your case. [Ed note: Zack is too modest, he’s a fierce criminal defense lawyer.]
12:15p Basics and Essentials: What Every Lawyer Should Do on a Sex Case
Elizabeth Baker, Eugene
A primer on things to do; resources; and actions to be taken. In checklist form.
Program, speakers and times subject to change.
Pending approval for 5.75 and 1 Mental Health Substance Use credit in Oregon.