2021 Death Penalty Seminar

January 15, 2021 8:00 AM to January 16, 2021 5:00 PM

Virtual- Zoom



JANUARY 15-16, 2021


This seminar features some of the top criminal defense attorneys in the U.S. describing the life or death issues of capital casework. In this two-day event you will hear highly acclaimed death penalty lawyers speak about their experience.


An Application has been made to the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for a maximum of 12 hours' credit, including 1 hour of ethics.

*Pre-registration is advised:
$275 - ACDLA Members
$325 - Nonmembers and all after 1/1/21

*Registration has been reduced by $50 for Loosening the Death Belt 2021.

Materials: A materials link and Zoom information will be emailed to registrants the week of the seminar. 

Virtual Platform:

We will use the Zoom webinar platform for this seminar.  If you have used Zoom for court it is the same program, no need to download anything new.  Zoom webinar tracks participants, this is how we will give CLE credit.  Please be sure when registering to provide your Bar number.  

Speakers and Topics: 


Friday, January 15th

8:30 am

Welcome-JD Lloyd, ACDLA President, Attorney, Birmingham, AL

8:40 am

“The Confrontation Clause and Hearsay” - Terry McCarthy, Lightfoot, Franklin & White, Birmingham, AL

9:40 am


9:50 am

“The Colorado Method Of Voir Dire In Capital Cases”- David Wymore, Attorney, Boulder, CO and Christopher W. Adams, Attorney, Charleston, SC

11:50 am


Lunch- on your own

1:20 pm

“Openings (Or Closings) In Capital Cases “– Andrea Lyon, Attorney, Illinois

2:25 pm

“FORENSIC PATHOLOGY 101 – What every Criminal Defense Lawyer Needs to Know”

- Greg Davis, MD, Univ. Kentucky



3:35 pm

“Plea Negotiations And Bargaining In Capital Cases”- Joseph Flood, Attorney, Fairfax, VA


“Atkins And Its Progeny – Proving Intellectual Disability”- Mark Olive, Attorney, Tallahassee, FL




Saturday, January 16th

8:20 am

Welcome-JD Lloyd, ACDLA President, Attorney, Birmingham, AL

8:30 am


Trying Your First Capital Case” – Andrea Lyon, Attorney, Chicago, IL

9:35 am

“Trying The Case With Your Heart: Making The Jury Care”- Richard Jaffe, Attorney, Birmingham, AL

10:35 am


10:45 am

“Keynote- Bryan Stevenson

11:45 am- 1:10pm

Lunch- on your own


1:15 pm

“Preparing the client and yourself for the good, the bad and the unfathomable” – Richard Jaffe, Attorney, Birmingham, AL and Randal Padgett, Exoneree, AL

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Ethics”- Lisa Wayne, Attorney, Denver, CO

3:30 pm

Case Law update” - JD Lloyd, Attorney, Birmingham, AL

4:30 pm




***Seminar is for Defense Counsel and Team only***

**No Refunds**