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S.B. 775 – Revisions of S.B. 1437: Overview and a Preliminary Take on Strategies for Appellate Counsel
Please join First District Appellate Project and Office of the State Public Defender on Wednesday, November 3 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. for a jointly sponsored webinar on S.B. 775.

The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2022, adopts several major revisions, urged by the defense community, to both the substantive scope of S.B. 1437 and procedures under Pen. Code § 1170.95. This short webinar will provide an overview of the new legislation’s principal provisions, including: (1) its inclusion of voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder in § 1170.95; (2) its clarification of the reasonable doubt burden of proof and evidentiary rules for § 1170.95 hearings; and (3) its provision allowing defendants whose cases are not yet final to raise challenges, based on S.B. 1437, on direct appeal. The program will offer preliminary ideas on strategies for appellate defense counsel, including seeking expedited remands. The panelists will also discuss the potential implications of the legislation’s provision of a direct appeal remedy for non-final cases.

Panelists for this presentation will be Rebecca Jones (panel attorney; counsel on People v. Duke, S265309), A.J. Kutchins (OSPD Director of Non-capital Litigation), J. Bradley O’Connell (FDAP Assistant Director). This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit, including appellate and criminal specialization.

Note: registration is not open to attorneys affiliated with prosecutorial agencies.

Nov 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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