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Pennsylvania lawyers can
to 4 of the required 12 annual CLE credits by distance learning,
(online CLE, podcasts, or call-in CLE). Distance learning credits can
NOT be carried forward into your next compliance period.
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All of the credits offered by this course count toward the CLE requirements of Criminal Procedure Rule 801, for appointment as defense counsel in a capital case.
IMPORTANT NOTE:the CLE Board indicates that you can earn all 18 of your capital case credits by distance education. However, for the general Pennsylvania CLE requirement of 12 credits per compliance year, only 4 can be earned by distance education each year. This means that while this course offers more than four capital case credits, at most only 4 credits will count toward your general CLE requirement. (It could be fewer than 4 if you take other distance education courses in the same compliance year.)
This program is offered for the convenience of counsel who need to meet the CLE requirement for capital cases. It is six hours in length but the CLE Board`s distance education rules do not permit us to offer more than 4 CLE credits for a distance education course. Any attorney seeking to handle a capital case in Pennsylvania must have a high level of understanding of how to handle these complicated cases. Judge Renee Hughes has brought together seven of her colleagues to explain to you the problems they see when capital cases are tried. This is an opportunity to find out how best to handle capital cases from the people who hear them. Examine: Motions o What motions to consider and when they should be utilized Jury selection o Voir dire death and life qualifying a jury Preservation of issues for appellate review Charges for final instructions and post-trial motions Change of venue Security issues The appropriate role of stand-by counsel in a pro se proceeding Post-conviction matters Victim impact Much, much more Review the special rules for cases in which a death sentence is authorized. Receive a listing of important capital cases that every practitioner who handles capital cases needs to have in their library, as well as helpful forms. Cover issues that arise in pre-trial motions, motions in general, voir dire and other jury issues, penalty phase issues, and post trial. Witness a mock voir dire. Program Schedule: 5 minutes Introductory Remarks 90 minutes Pre-Trial Motions & Motions in General 45 minutes Mock Voir Dire 45 minutes Voir Dire and Other Jury Issues 70 minutes Comments from Administrative Judge James Fitzgerald 90 minutes Penalty Phase Issues 30 minutes Post Trial
6 Total CLE credits, 1 of which may be applied toward Ethics
Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District Member, Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence, Philadelphia
Hon. James J. Fitzgerald, III, Administrative Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
Case links that were provided on CD as mentioned by speakers (15 Pages, 137 KB)
Written Materials (201 Pages, 1 MB)
Major Ethics Rules Changes (Rev. August 2009) (ETHICS COURSES ONLY) (2 Pages, 26 KB)
"I really like the distant learning opportunities, and the recent extension to Podcasts. It makes it much easier for busy lawyers, and lawyers that licensed in Pennsylvania but live elsewhere to remain current in their CLE credits." (Sinking Spring, PA)
"An excellent and thorough seminar." (Philadelphia, PA)