Spring 22: The Critical Examination of Client Mitigation and Our Role in Uncovering It!


Description
This course is for Sentencing Advocates, Client Service Professionals, Mitigation Specialist/Experts, Life History Investigators, Mental Health Social Workers, and attorneys who want to know more about the function and development of mitigation.

Do you interview clients to develop mitigation, then memorialize that mitigation in writing through story telling for a compelling case outcome? This training course provides in-depth opportunities to investigate aspects of our clients' lives and the environments in which they live or grew up in order to create compelling writing for mitigation.

In this course participants will engage in strategic training which includes the intersectionality of and use of self in mitigation development, client-centered representation advocacy, environmental and community factors impacting clients, report writing, and the inclusion of special topics to understand and explain a defendant’s history. You are encouraged to have a case in mind (though not required) to explore how individual, community, and social determinant elements discussed in the course impact a specific client. The capstone project at the conclusion of the course will require you to prepare a report and summary presentation that relies on the content learned from the modules through this course.
Content
  • Introduction
  • Start Here: How To Proceed Through This Course
  • Class Overview
  • Introduce Yourself
  • April 26th, Section 1: The Critical Role of Mitigation: Defense-Based Advocacy
  • Learning Objectives: The Critical Role of Mitigation-Defense Based Advocacy
  • Defense Based Advocacy
  • Training Social Workers in a Holistic Defense Practice - Lori James-Townes
  • The Sentencing Project's List of Mitigating Factors (10 min.)
  • Supplementary Guidelines-Mitigation Defense Teams-Death Penalty Cases
  • Overview of Mitigation - SCT Presentation from 4 26 22 Class
  • Mitigation Development for Key Player Worksheet
  • May 3, Section 2: One Size Does Not Fit All: What is Family?
  • Learning Objectives: One Size Does Not Fit All: What is Family?
  • What Is Family? (10 min.)
  • How Do You Define Family?
  • The Danger of Single Story (19 min.)
  • What music can teach us about justice: Danielle Ponder (16 min.)
  • Building a new generation of public defenders | Jonathan Rapping (18 min)
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: What is Family presentation (Cessie Alfonso)
  • Terri Collins-Green's Lecture on Family and Mitigation from 5 3 22 Class
  • May 10, Section 3: Culture, Race, and Lack of Privilege (Client View)
  • Learning Objectives: Culture, Race, and Lack of Privilege
  • Power and Privilege Wheel: Where Do You Fall?
  • The Urgency of Intersectionality (18 min.)
  • Article: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (15 min.)
  • Check Your Privilege Video (1 min.)
  • How Microaggressions Keep Hurting—and How to Interrupt (5 min.)
  • Avoiding Microaggressions (9 min.)
  • Reflection: My experience with microaggressions
  • OPTIONAL: Police Traffic Stops Turn Deadly (BIPOC drivers killed)
  • Wheel of Power-Privilege (a different version - have one copy ready for class)
  • OPTIONAL: Proving the School-to-Prison Pipeline
  • Cessie Alfonso Intersectionality Presentation 5 10 22
  • May 17, Session 4: ASD, ACEs, Resilience, and Trauma
  • Session 4: Special Topics: ASD, ACEs and Resilience, and Trauma
  • Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (5 min.)
  • ASD and the Judicial System (15 min.)
  • OPTIONAL: How Autism Feels, From the Inside (12 min.)
  • ACEs, Toxic Stress, and Trauma (20 min.)
  • ACEs NIJ Update on the Cycle of Violence article (15 min.)
  • The Importance of Resilience (15 min.)
  • Assignment 1: Resilience
  • Trauma: The psychology of post-traumatic stress disorder (5 min.)
  • OPTIONAL: Trauma and the Nervous System and Strategies that Work (9 min.)
  • May 24, Section 5: Report Writing and Storytelling
  • Session 5: Report Writing and Storytelling: Lived Experiences Come to Life
  • Intro. Pictures, Chaos Maps, and Data in Sentencing Memos (6 min.)
  • Mitigation Themes (8 min.)
  • Mitigation Themes
  • Assignment 1: Headings
  • Assignment 1, Part 2: Headings
  • Assignment 1, Part 3: Headings
  • Assignment 2: Mitigation Summary
  • Storytelling and Report Writing Presentation 5 24 22
  • May 31, Section 6: Neighborhoods and Our Clients
  • Session 6: Special Topics: Impacted and Affected Neighborhoods and Our Clients
  • Intro to Neighborhoods and Our Clients (1 min.)
  • How Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Amplify Racial Inequality (7 min.)
  • OPTIONAL: Matthew Desmond on Eviction Making Poverty Worse (2 min.)
  • Assignment 1: The Racial Equity Index
  • The War on Drugs (5 min. read or 45 min. listen)
  • Drugs, Neighborhoods, and How Complex the Problem Is (10 min.)
  • St. Louis Discusses Open Air Drug Market - Urban League
  • Social Determinants of Health video (4 min.)
  • OPTIONAL: Social Determinants of Health and the Neighborhood (15 min.)
  • OPTIONAL: What the Data Does and Doesn't Say about Crime in the U.S. (10 min.).
  • OPTIONAL: Measures for Justice - How does your state measure up?
  • OPTIONAL: Chicago Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
  • Assignment 2: One Paragraph on Neighborhood Impact
  • June 7, Section 7: Capstone Project and Course Conclusion
  • Session 7: Capstone Project
  • Capstone Project (Class 7 Final Assignment)
  • Mitigation Central
  • Final Evaluation Critical Examination Mitigation Course
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever