May 22 – 25, 2017 | Location Nashville, TN | Tuition $1,349 | Conference Fee $499 What’s this?

Death is different. You feel it the moment you enter a courtroom when a capital case is beginning. Even if you have experience handling major criminal cases, if you are not experienced in hearing capital cases, you may find yourself lost in the seemingly endless array of motions, hearings, and appeals that are unique to capital cases. The burden on the criminal process is heavy, and the usual rules often have limited use in capital cases. You will be able to summarize the trends in recent U.S. Supreme Court capital cases; ensure that a jury has been properly “death qualified” through voir dire; handle the penalty phase and sentencing efficiently after analyzing what constitutes aggravating and mitigating circumstances; ensure that responses to the media are appropriate and well-conceived; and rule effectively on post-trial motions.


Course Objectives

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Manage a capital case more effectively;
  • Summarize the trends in recent U.S. Supreme Court capital cases;
  • Manage pretrial and trial issues in a capital case;
  • Ensure that a jury has been properly “death qualified” through voir dire;
  • Properly manage and define the role of the media to ensure accurate and fair information is given to the public;
  • Apply practical techniques to effectively communicate and manage mentally ill defendants in court proceedings;
  • Conduct the penalty phase of a capital case; and
  • Effectively handle post-conviction claims.

Sheraton Downtown Nashville,

The hotel for this course will be the Sheraton Downtown Nashville in the heart of the Music City and just blocks away from the best Nashville attractions, like the historic 2nd Avenue Entertainment District, Printer’s Alley, the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman, and Frist Center for the Visual Arts. With the variety of things to do in Nashville, LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans and the Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators is also nearby for the sports enthusiast to enjoy.

The group room rate is $235 per night for single or double occupancy (plus applicable sales taxes and fees, currently 9.25% plus $2.50 city tax nightly). This special rate will be available until April 26, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (615) 259-2000 and referencing “The National Judicial College.” To book online, click here.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development General Jurisdiction Trial Skills discipline.