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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Mount Daly Ballroom

1:00-1:30 Public Defense—Doug Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender

1:30-2:50 Michael Morton’s Long Journey to Freedom: Uncovering and Redressing Prosecutorial Misconduct–Gerry Goldstein & Barry Scheck

3:00-3:50 Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace–Michael Morton

3:50-4:10 BREAK

4:10-5:00 Litigating Racial Discrimination in Jury Strikes–Stephen Bright

Monday, September 11, 2017

Salon B
Salon A
Castle Peak Auditorium
Salon C-E
8:00-11:00 Office Head Meeting–Overlook Boardroom
9-9:50 Intoxilizer 9000: More than a .02 Agreement Error–Kim Paz, Kristin Westerhorstman New Statute Mandating Video and Audio Recording of Court-Ordered Psychiatric Examinations: Issues and Strategies–Kathy Brien, Kristen Nelson, Brian Cox Probation: Purported Path to Juvenile Rehabilitation, Truly a Path to Juvenile Prison–Dan McGarvey, Kara Smith, Maralina Schoenfelder Mining Prospective Jurors’ Social Media–John Gonglach
10-10:50 The Science of Blood Alcohol Testing: Making it Work for YOU–Natalie Frei, Jason Kosloski Touch-Type and Trace DNA Evidence: Greater Sensitivity May Mean Greater Doubt–Dr. Phil Danielson Working with Non-Citizen Juveniles: Risks for Juveniles in Delinquency and Potential Pathways to Status–Ashley Harrington Psychosocial Evaluations in Colorado: Inside (1 SOMB Evaluator) and Out (1 Lawyer)–Laurie Kepros and Brenna Tindall (double session)
11-11:50 Litigating Expert Discovery post-Venalonzo–James Merson, John Morrissey Reviving ApprendiHow to Aggravate the Prosecution and Restore the Right to Jury Trial on “Sentencing Factors”–Jud Lohnes Understanding Attachment Disorders–Dr. Birgit Fisher


1:30-2:20 Defending DUID Cases: A Pharmacological Perspective–Dr. Michelle Rainka Bound & Broken: The DYC Report and the Legislature’s Response–Ann Roan Minimizing the Impact of Monetary Burdens on Indigent Defendants: A Few IdeasNed Jaeckle & Ryann Hardman
2:30-3:20 Breaking The School to Prison Pipeline for Students With Disabilities–Michelle Kuecker Litigating Beyond the Sentence: Collateral Consequence Identification and Mitigatio–Mark Evans



State of the System–Doug Wilson Mount Daly Ballroom
(attendance limited to current Public Defender employees)


DANCE Mount Daly Ballroom

Mount Daly Ballroom

8:30-9:20 It’s All About The Facts: You Are Only As Good As Your Investigator–Hal Haddon & Kevin McGreevy

9:30-10:20 Lawyers Supervising Investigators Who Engage in Deception, and Three Areas of Misconduct Defense Lawyers Need To Avoid: Conflicts, Neglect and Dishonesty–Jamie Sudler

10:30-11:20 Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: Ethical Considerations for Criminal Defense Lawyers–Jeff Pagliuca

11:30-12:20 The Clarence Moses-El Case: why did it take 9 defense lawyers, 7 investigators, 8 court proceedings and more than 28 years to free an innocent man?–Clarence Moses-El & Gail Johnson


All three days: $400 (13 CLE credits, including 3 ethics credits)
Sunday & Monday only: $325 (9 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit)
Monday & Tuesday only: $325 (9 CLE credits, including two ethics credits)
Sunday only: $200 (4 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit)
Monday only: $275 (5 CLE credits, no ethics credits)
Tuesday only: $200 (4 CLE credits, including two ethics credits)

A continental breakfast on Monday and Tuesday is included in the registration cost for those days.


Private Lawyer Registration | Private Investigator Registration

LODGING: Please contact the Westin Conference Center, Snowmass, to make lodging arrangements: 970-923-8200

NOTE: During conference, construction will impact access to Highway 82 from I-70 and cause travel delays. This link has more information: