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Capital Litigation Seminar

Capital Litigation Seminar
This 2 1/2-day seminar is designed for prosecutors new to death penalty cases and complex homicide cases, as well as those more experienced, but interested in a great refresher course. This seminar is the perfect companion to the Homicide Symposium.

Date & Location

May 16-18, 2018
Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel & Resort, Carlsbad

Technical Advisor

Angela C. Backers, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County

Topics & Agenda

Law of Special Circumstances • Case Pre-trial Discovery & Procedure • Capital Jury Selection • Dealing with the Media in High Profile Cases • Mental Defenses • Cross Exam of Mental Health Experts in the Penalty Phase • Penalty Phase Preparation--Gathering Aggravation & Mitigation • Arguing for Death & Ethical Considerations  • Top Ten Mistakes in Special Circumstance Cases • Attendee Cases Q & A

Click HERE for the seminar agenda.

MCLE Hours

This seminar is certified for 15 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of Ethics credit (subject to final approval of the agenda).


The seminar will be held at the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel & Resort at 5805 Armada Drive in Carlsbad (San Diego County). Visit www.grandpacificpalisades.com for information on this beautiful property. CDAA has secured a room block at a special rate of $125 single/double occupancy (plus a $3 per night City Assessment Fee and a 10% Transient Occupancy Tax). The cut-off date for this special rate is April 20, 2018. For reservations, call the Grand Pacific Palisades at 800-725-4723. For more information and driving directions, click HERE. Note that the hotel has a strict 48-hour cutoff for reservation cancellations. 

Parking/Shuttle Information

Self parking has been waived for attendees of this seminar, but is subject to 10% occupancy tax.  For shuttle service pricing between the San Diego International Airport and the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel & Resort, visit www.supershuttle.com.


  • Registrations received by April 16, 2018 will qualify for the early registration rate of $225.
  • Registrations received between April 17 and May 2, 2018 will be at the regular registration rate of $265.
  • Registrations received after May 2 will be at the late registration rate of $305.

Cancellations must be received in writing by May 2, 2018 to avoid a $49 administrative cancellation fee.


There are no scholarships available for this seminar. 

CDAA Contact

Suzanne Hunter, Director of Grant Training, shunter@cdaa.org
5/16/2018 9:00 AM - 5/18/2018 12:00 PM
Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel 5805 Armada Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008

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