Annual Conference



Please join us in Snowmass, Colorado for the 2017 Colorado Public Defender annual conference, September 10-12. We will showcase people whose ingenuity, creativity and passion have changed the game for their clients.

Featured speakers include:

Gerry Goldstein, Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley, San Antonio, TX.
Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, NY
Michael Morton

Michael Morton served nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife. In 2011, Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Scheck exonerated him through the use of DNA evidence which conclusively proved his innocence. During the course of the post-conviction DNA litigation, Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Scheck filed a Public Information Act request which revealed other evidence of Mr. Morton’s innocence that had been withheld at trial. The Texas Supreme Court ordered an unprecedented Court of Inquiry to determine whether Ken Anderson, the former prosecutor who went on to become a judge, had committed misconduct. Following this investigation, Mr. Anderson entered a plea to criminal contempt and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. He resigned his position as a district court judge and permanently surrendered his license to practice law.

Steve Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA

Steve Bright has tried capital cases throughout the Death Belt in the American South. He has argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court: Foster v. Chatman; Snyder v. Louisiana; and Amadeo v. Zant. In each case, the Court found racial discrimination in the selection of the juries and reversed the convictions and death sentence in each case.

Hal Haddon, Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, Denver, CO
Kevin McGreevy, Ridley, McGreevy and Winocur, Denver CO

Hal Haddon, a former Colorado public defender, is renowned in Colorado and throughout the U.S. for his work as a trial lawyer. His clients include Hunter S. Thompson, Kobe Bryant, and John and Patsy Ramsey, among others.

Kevin McGreevy, also a former Colorado public defender, practices in state and federal court in Colorado and other jurisdictions. He is one of Colorado’s finest criminal defense lawyers.

Jamie Sudler, Denver CO

Mr. Sudler worked in the Office of Regulation Counsel from 1992 to 2016. When he left, he was the Chief Deputy Regulation Counsel in charge of the Litigation Division of that office.

Gail Johnson, Johnson and Klein, Boulder, CO
Clarence Moses-El, Denver CO

Gail Johnson won a new trial for Clarence Moses-El after he served 28 years in prison for a sexual assault. While in prison, Mr. Mosel-El raised money with the help of other inmates to perform DNA testing on the evidence, but the Denver Police Department destroyed the evidence before testing could be done. On November 14, 2016, Ms. Johnson and her trial team won an acquittal for Mr. Moses-El from a Denver jury.

Jeffrey S. Pagliuca, Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, Denver, CO

Jeff Pagliuca is a trial lawyer with 30 years of experience in state and federal courts. He is well-regarded by his peers for his ability to quickly get to the heart of a complex legal matter and for his keen strategic instincts.
Jeff began his career in the Denver Trial Office of the Public Defender where he helped thousands of people accused of crimes preserve their dignity and freedom. This commitment continues in his private practice, representing clients in complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and attorney disciplinary matters.

Jeff has been listed by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2005 in the areas of white collar and non-white collar criminal defense and he was named Best Lawyers in America Denver Lawyer of the Year for criminal defense, non-white collar, in 2011.

Jeff is an active member of the Denver legal community, having served as President of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Chairman of the Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee for the District of Colorado, and President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee and a Trustee for the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation. Jeff is equally proud to have received an award from The Arc of Colorado for Outstanding Contribution to Persons with Developmental Disabilities in 2011.

Jeff is an accomplished author and lecturer in the areas of criminal defense, trial advocacy and ethics, and has taught courses in criminal law at the University of Denver College of Law.

Scheduled workshop topics include:

  • touch DNA
  • recorded psychological evaluations
  • immigration consequences in juvenile court
  • litigating psycho-sexual evaluations
  • Apprendi/Blakely
  • the science of marijuana toxicology

Check back for information about registration and lodging.