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Making sure the sentence you are asking for is the one you want – FREE Webcast

August 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of North Carolina and the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office are co-hosting a free-to-attend, live webinar on Making Sure the Sentence You are Asking for is the One You Want.

Pending approval by the NC State Bar, this presentation is for 1 general hour. If you need CLE credit, you must complete the post-CLE survey.

Please register by Friday August 2nd at noon:   Register for August 5th

When: Monday August 5, 2024 from 12:30-1:30pm. You may log on by 12:15.

Where: Anyplace you have internet. Everyone registered will receive a Webex link to join on Friday August 2nd.

What: The presenter will discuss how to help a client at federal sentencing when there are pending and/or related state cases that can impact sentence length and credit. The concepts of primary and secondary custody will be covered so the attorney understands how the Federal Bureau of Prisons calculates pre-sentence credit and also which judge—the state or federal judge—will be deemed (by the federal BOP) to determine whether sentences are consecutive or concurrent. This information will also be helpful to the attorney helping a client at state sentencing when there are pending and/ or related federal cases. In federal court, when we prepare for sentencing, we focus—rightfully—on telling our client’s story, relating that story to 3553(a) factors, and correctly assessing the guideline range. But when our client has other cases out there, we also need to understand how the federal sentence will relate to other state sentences, to make sure that our client won’t end up serving more time than we expect.

Who: Shelley Fite serves as National Sentencing Resource Counsel for the Federal Public & Community Defenders, in which role she assists defenders and other CJA-appointed counsel around the country who are litigating complex sentencing issues. Although Shelley was born and raised in Florida, she has spent her professional career in Wisconsin as a public defender of one kind or the other and is based in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006 and clerking for U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, Shelley worked first an appellate attorney with Wisconsin’s State Public Defender and then an associate federal defender with Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin. She joined the Sentencing Resource Counsel Project in March of 2021.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


August 5
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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