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Federal Sentencing Advocacy Workshop to be held at College of Law June 11-13

June 1, 2015

The Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, presented by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Defender Services Office Training Division, will be held at The University of Toledo College of Law on June 11-13. Sixty court-appointed defense attorneys and federal defenders are expected to attend.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the College of Law to be a part of the significant change in the way criminal defense attorneys are approaching client advocacy,” said Jelani Jefferson Exum, professor of law and a sentencing expert.

Approximately 97% of federal criminal cases involve sentencing, and the workshop aims to prepare defense attorneys to advocate effectively for their clients during the sentencing phase. Participants will be trained to develop persuasive, fact-based, sentencing theories, and to advance those theories both in writing and during sentencing hearings. A draft agenda is available at

The workshop consists of plenary sessions and small group breakout sessions. Current and admitted UT College of Law students are invited to attend the plenary sessions. Interested students should contact Mary Lynn Valdes-Dapena at419-530-2882 or to register.

Last Updated: 2/2/18