Event Calendar

Thursday, December 10, 2020


Start Date: 12/10/2020 12:00 PM EST
End Date: 12/10/2020 1:00 PM EST

Venue Name: PACDL Webinar via Zoom Platform

Organization Name: PA Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Beth Winters
Email: winters@pacdl.org
Phone: (717) 234-7403


A recent study released by the University of Denver proves again that the death penalty is a near-uniformly race-based punishment in the United States. This webinar will discuss the the lawyer’s ethical duty to raise race-based challenges, motions, and arguments. It will also reference judicial responses to claims of racial discrimination and how to handle them ethically. Finally, this webinar will also focus of counseling and developing relationships with the capital case client and his/her family over time.  

Instructor: Patrice Fulcher is the Director of Training for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD).  She joined OPD in 2015, and is responsible for heading the Agency’s Gideon’s Promise Certified New Hire Attorney Training Program, and developing/managing all other public defender training curriculum for OPD’s attorneys throughout Maryland. Prior to becoming OPD’s Director of Training, Patrice was a tenured Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Her scholarship and other publications focus on issues surrounding the Prison Industrial Complex: private prisons; forced prison labor; and jail/prison video visitation. She has lectured extensively on these issues as well as handling issues of race that arise in criminal system; client-centered representation; redefining the role of public defenders; developing effective storytelling techniques for defenders; and increasing effective leadership skills throughout the U.S.  

From 1995-2007, Patrice successfully represented indigent clients as a public defender in Georgia. She handled capital cases, major felonies, and fought against unconditional jail conditions. She did so while serving as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Georgia Capital Defender, the Fulton County Public Defender, and the Fulton County Conflict Defender offices, and also while working with the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Patrice has been a Core Instructor for Gideon’s Promise, Inc. since its inception in 2007, and is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College, and the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.  She has also served as a litigation instructor and presenter for The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, The Kentucky Death Penalty Institute, The Mississippi Office of the State Public Defender Training Division, The National Association for Public Defense, The American Bar Association, NACDL National Defender Training Program, The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NSAMS Conference), and The Neighborhood Defender Service Detroit. She received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1995, and her B.A. from Howard University in 1992.