Lifer School 2013: Update

Bay Area Lifer School 2013, held on April 13 at the UC Berkeley School of Law, was a resounding success. Nearly 100 attendees spent the day learning about best practices for attorneys representing lifers, legal/policy issues concerning lifers, and ongoing community-based efforts to support lifers.

Speakers included former lifers Noel Valdivia, Alton “Coach” McSween, and Henry Montgomery; Justice J. Anthony Kline of the First Appellate District; veteran attorneys Monica Knox and Tracy Lum; and Executive Officer Jennifer Shaffer and Chief Counsel Howard Moseley of the Parole Board.

In addition to information-packed panel presentations, the event included lively Q&A sessions. One highlight was a dynamic discussion – involving the Board’s Chief Counsel, Justice Kline (In re Stoneroad; In re Morganti), and audience members – about tensions between the Board’s duties of assessing parole suitability and its task of fixing terms.

Stay tuned for a reprise of this event in the Bay Area either later this year or early in 2014, as well as a return to Southern California by early 2014.