Program Date Date: February 1, 2019
The Masters series features previous winners of the Smith/Gilchrist awards, given annually to one outstanding defense attorney (Smith Award) and prosecutor (Gilchrist Award) statewide.
This program provides valuable information, strategies and techniques for attorneys practicing in criminal courtrooms in North Carolina.
- Why do we do this work? Joe Cheshire examines the way criminal defense attorneys need to approach their jobs and the damage done to the justice system when they fail to perform their function.
- The many faces of argument. Locke Clifford delves into the world of framing an argument, including techniques and approaches for making winning arguments to a trier of fact in trial, to a prosecutor in plea negotiations and to a judge in sentencing.
- Theories? We don’t need no stinkin’ theories. Tommy Manning discusses developing an overall strategy for a trial centering on theory of the case. Attendees are given tools and strategies that can be used to build a cohesive and comprehensive trial plan tied to the theory of the defense.
- Let’s make a federal case out of it! Leslie Desmukes explains the policies, guidelines and factors that their offices use in determining whether to initiate a federal prosecution.
- The ethics of prosecution. Howard Cummings and Barton Menser participate in a panel discussion of ethics in the criminal justice system with an emphasis on the specific ethical challenges and obligations of prosecutors.
Planned by the NCBA Criminal Justice Section
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