SoCal Lifer School

Hosted by USC Post-Conviction Justice Project

Saturday, November 19, 2016
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
(9:30 AM registration)

Recent legal changes in California have implications for up to 14,000 long-term prisoners sentenced in their youth. And this November’s Proposition 57 might subject thousands more to discretionary parole! For practitioners, advocates, and family members helping prisoners navigate the parole consideration process, it’s vital to understand these and other current developments. Participants in Lifer School 2016 will be equipped to do so. Attorneys will earn MCLE credit.

This COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING will equip you with best practices and materials for:
  • Understanding prison files, classification, custody and “programming” opportunities 
  • Identifying new categories of prisoners eligible for parole release
  • Understanding and challenging erroneous psychological evaluations (Risk Assessments)
  • Developing a special attorney-client relationship in lifer cases
  • Handling “confidential” material in a client’s central prison file
  • Building an administrative record to support judicial relief in difficult cases
  • Planning for return to the community after prison
  • Petitioning to advance the next hearing when parole has been denied
We’ll also cover the following special topics and recent developments:
  • Rules governing Youthful Offender Parole Hearings under SB 260 and 261
  • Elderly Parole, Medical Parole, and Rescission Hearings
  • Rules governing Non-Violent Second Striker cases, and the types of parole review to expect if Proposition 57 passes this November 
  • Term-setting under the settlement in In re Butler (First. App. Dist., No. A139411)
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90089
$150 for attorneys; $50 for non-attorneys; free for students & former lifers. 
Lunch and parole reference materials included.
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UnCommon Law is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In order to raise the quality of legal assistance available to prisoners facing the parole board, we’ve provided this training to hundreds of attorneys, advocates and family members since 2011. If you’d like to support our work, you can make a tax-deductible contribution at