Monday, March 28, 2011

Register Now! SOCDA 2011 Conference

Sex Offender Commitment Defense Association (SOCDA) 2011 Conference
Co-Sponsored by Local Experts and the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
August 13-14, 2011
Northbrook, Illinois

The 2011 SOCDA Conference will include presentations of effective trial preparation strategies and trial practices.  Attorneys new to SVP practice, and experienced SVP attorneys, will get the most up-to-date information on trial strategies, and research on risk assessment and diagnostic issues.  In addition, a panel of experts will answer your questions about the state of SVP science.  The conference will conclude with an open forum to discuss issues with fellow SVP attorneys, and winning strategies. 

Tuition: $50.00

Please mail completed registration form below and tuition in the form of a check made payable to “State Public Defenders Office” to:                                        

Phil Mergen
Office of the State Public Defender
315 N. Henry St., 2nd Floor
Madison, WI  53703
Telephone: 608.261.0622

Continuing legal education credits will be applied for from the WI Board of Bar Examiners.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Agenda Now Posted! 2011 WATCP Annual Conference

The Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals' (WATCP) Annual Conference will be held April 26 & 27, 2011 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Here's a look at this year's program agenda:

Sign up today!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Navigating the SPD's New On-Demand Training Site

Have you signed up for the State Public Defender's on-demand training yet? If not, here are some tips to help you navigate our new site. Also, be sure to check out the "Help" section located in the main menu of the site.

Navigating the Front Page:

Navigating the Course:

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Upcoming CLE on Daubert!

Wisconsin is now a Daubert State:
Admitting Expert Testimony under the New Law
Sponsored by the State Public Defender’s Office and the Department of Justice
Friday April 15, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Marquette University Law School—Eckstein Hall
1215 W. Michigan Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Register Now!(Program full)

About the Program:

In January 2011, the Wisconsin Legislature made substantial revisions to Wis. Stats. Ch. 907 regarding the admissibility of expert testimony. These revisions have brought Wisconsin into line with what is known in the federal system as the “Daubert” standard and potentially opens up a new area of litigation concerning what scientific testimony should now be permitted in Wisconsin courtrooms. 

The program will begin with Professor Daniel Blinka, one of Wisconsin’s foremost experts on evidence, explaining the new law and how federal courts have construed it under Daubert. Professor Blinka’s presentation will be followed by separate breakouts for defense lawyers and prosecutors to discuss litigation under the new standards. Finally, the program will conclude with a presentation by Circuit Court Judge Ellen Brostrom and United States Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence on how the courts should apply the new statutes.

Registration, CLE and Additional Information:

The cost for private bar attorneys actively taking SPD cases is $25. The cost for attorneys not actively taking SPD cases is $50. Online registration is available at the SPD website.

The program will be approved for 3.5 CLE credits.

Seating for this program is limited. Please register early to ensure a spot.

Note the program will be videotaped and available on-demand approximately two weeks after the live program. 

Parking at Eckstein Hall:
Please note that limited parking is available in the Eckstein Hall parking structure for $5 per car. Additional parking is available for $5 in the Wells Street Structure, located on Wells Street between 12th Street and 13th Street.  It is about a 2 block walk to Eckstein Hall. 

See Map for additional details. 

Questions about the program can be directed to Philip Mergen or Deja Vishny

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