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Mission Possible: Defending Sex Cases 2023

March 3–4, 2023

Valley River Inn, Eugene

Mission Possible: Defending Sex Cases 2023

March 3–4, 2023

Valley River Inn, Eugene

Mission Possible: Defending Sex Cases
March 3–4, Global Scholars Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene

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Members, be sure to log in to receive discounted pricing.

Standard Registration beginning February 22
Members: Lawyers $280  • NonLawyers $185
NonMembers: Lawyers $430   • NonLawyers $335
Students — $50, with membership included

Who may attend?
This program is open to defense lawyers and those professionals and law students directly involved in the defense function.

What’s included in the fee?
• Seminar admission
• Written material in advance
• CLE credit
• Friday Reception at OCDLA, Continental Breakfast on Saturday
• Refreshments during breaks

Financial assistance?
Members contact OCDLA by February 21 about scholarships, payment plans or creative payment arrangements.

Seminar cancellations made before February 27 will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee.
Seminar cancellations made after February 27 (date material is emailed) will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation /written material fee.

No-show Policy
Written materials are sent in advance to all participants. Video/audio recordings well be provided to OCDLA members only; nonmembers who do not attend are ineligible to receive the recordings or a refund.

CLE Credit
Pending approval for 5.75 and 1 Mental Health Substance Use credit in Oregon.
For other state accreditation, call OCDLA at 541-686-8716.


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.   

1:15 Adjourn

Program, speakers and times subject to change.
CLE Credit
Pending approval for 5.75 and 1 Mental Health Substance Use credit in Oregon.

Investigation track


Global Scholars Hall is located at 1710 E. 15th Ave. Look to the right hand side of the map, next to the Museum of Natural & Cultural History and also near Knight Law Center. 
Friday and Saturday parking will not be the same. 
For all parking at UO, we encourage you to visit the UO Transportation Parking website
On Friday, there are two garages to choose from. 
1) 13th Avenue Garage. This is the closest, and the charges are $2/hour. There is no overnight parking. 
2) Millrace Garage. A six minute walk, flat rate of $5/day. Credit card only, no overnight parking. 
On Saturday, the Ducks host a basketball game at 1:00 pm, so the garages may become “Gameday” parking, with increased rates, and some lots will be closed. However, 
Other hourly lots are available, and what are termed “zonal” lots are free. The map on the parking website indicates where lots are located.  
If you have other questions, call the parking office 8am to 5pm Friday at 541-346-5444; closed Saturday. 


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