Skills Academy: Defense of Self and Others: The Latest Law, The Role of Race and Trial Advocacy to Defend Your Client

Fri, March 17, 2023   |   8:55 a.m. -4:00 p.m.   |  
Virtual and  701 Corporate Center Dr, Ste 450, Raleigh, NC 27607
  |   CLE Hours: 6.00 CLE Hours

Are you ready to unravel the intricate layers of a self-defense or defense of others case?

It takes more than just basic advocacy skills to prepare for these types of cases. You also need to have a deep understanding of the latest laws, the impact of race on law enforcement, how to prepare your client for trial, your approach to voir dire, and the crucial elements of jury instructions and closing arguments.

Luckily, this program has you covered.

Our speakers will be sharing real-life examples of successful strategies, ensuring that you’ll walk away from this program with a wealth of knowledge and skills that you can use to take on even the toughest cases.

Register now to join us for this engaging program for criminal practitioners!

Speakers & Topics:

8:00 a.m. Registration (in person)
8:55 a.m. Welcoming Remarks from the Program Chairs
  • Dawn Baxton, Durham County Public Defender’s Office, Durham
  • D. Tucker Charns, IDS Chief Defender, Durham
9:00 a.m. Law of Self-Defense, Past Present and Future

Along with the latest appellate updates on defense of self and others, the speakers will address the legal requirements needed to succeed in these defenses.

  • Dan Shatz, Assistant Appellate Defender, Durham
  • Sterling Rozear, Assistant Appellate Defender, Durham
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Race, Self-Defense and Law Enforcement

The speaker will discuss the role of race in self-defense cases and the choices a client faces when law enforcement employs deadly force.

  • Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director of Emancipate NC, Durham
11:30 a.m. Preparing Your Client

Using client-centered techniques, the speaker will show how to assist your client in the case investigations, decision making and trial testimony by practicing direct and cross examinations as well as forecasting the trial itself.

  • Tucker Charns, Chief IDS Regional Defender, Durham
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Voir Dire and Self-Defense

Using real-life fact patterns and live jurors, the speaker will demonstrate jury voir dire, showing particularly how not to take on the burden of proof and other challenges of defense of self and others.

  • Emilia Beskind, Thomas, Ferguson & Beskind LLP, Durham
2:15 p.m. Self-Defense in Jury Instructions and the Charge Conference

The speakers will discuss the legal requirements of defense of self and others for a jury instruction and what you should cover in the charge conference.

  • Dan Shatz, Assistant Appellate Defender, Durham
  • Sterling Rozear, Assistant Appellate Defender, Durham
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Closing Arguments in a Self-Defense Case

The speaker will address the advocacy of closing arguments, especially when not giving the final closing, and will also give a demonstration, using a real-life fact problem.

  • Kellie Mannette, Thomas, Ferguson & Beskind, LLP, Durham
4:00 p.m. Adjourn