Event Calendar

Friday, December 4, 2020


Start Date: 12/4/2020 12:00 PM EST
End Date: 12/4/2020 1:30 PM EST

Venue Name: PACDL Webinar via Zoom Platform

Organization Name: Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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

The Art of Communicating for Life During COVID (Rule 801 Credits)

While all capital defense attorneys have the obligation to seek and convey plea offers, this webinar will focus on the art of negotiating and successfully getting both the prosecutor and your client to say “yes” to a non-death outcome. The speakers will discuss the communication frameworks and strategies they have found to be most effective in the successful resolution of capital cases, as well as the unique opportunities and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar is approved for 1.5 Rule 801 credits by the Pennsylvania CLE Board. PACDL is an accredited distance learning provider in Pennsylvania.


Kristen Nelson - Prior to joining The Powell Project in 2018, Kristen Nelson served for six and a half years as a Deputy State Public Defender on the Complex Litigation Team for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender in Denver, which represents indigent cliients at the trial level in complex felony cases including those in which the State is considering or has declared it is seeking the death penalty.  Kristen was responsible for developing the legal issues in the case,drafting and arguing the motions, interlocutory appeals, and jury instructions, and providing legal analysius and input on other strategic decisions in the case.  Previously, Kristen spent four years as a staff attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, where she spent the majority of her time representing indigent clients in various stages of appeal on Alabam's death row. Kristen began in indigent defense career as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia following a clerkship with U.S. District Judgy Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama. Kristen gradauted from Wellesley College,, Cambridge University and Harvard Law School.

Julianne Hill joined The Powell Project in 2016. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and holds a master's degree from Arizona State University. She interned at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in California and at Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama.  Prior to joining The Powell Project, she worked for human rights organization Reprieve focusing on issues of lethal injection and cases of foreign nationals facing the death penalty in the United States.