FREE WEBINAR—JUNE 20: NAPW and the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Present: Defending Women Charged with Crimes in Relationship to Pregnancy.

June 02, 2017

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women presents this webinar with the goal of expanding our nationwide network of criminal defense lawyers who have the training and tools needed to provide excellent representation in cases of women being criminally charged or otherwise punished in relationship to pregnancy. Women have been prosecuted in relationship to pregnancy in cases charged as homicide, feticide, criminal child endangerment or abuse, abuse of a corpse, criminal abortion, and other crimes. When women are punished in relationship to pregnancy – whether for creating risks of harm or for the outcome of the pregnancy (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or termination through abortion) – the primary targets for arrest are low-income women and women who have become pregnant and used a controlled substance.

This training will focus on the issues that arise when a woman is prosecuted on allegations that she did something intended to terminate her pregnancy. Because such cases build on and are similar to more common prosecutions of pregnant women who use controlled substances, those issues will also be addressed. Using a scenario drawn from actual cases, we will present a legal, ethical and strategic discussion of the many issues criminal defenders and their clients will face and the arguments that can be made to get such charges dismissed.

NACDL Webcast: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
When: 1:30pm - 3:00pm ET EASTERN
Cost: FREE
CLE credit: Available for up to *1.5 hours of CLE where self-study credit is authorized and approved.

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Daniel N. Arshack is the managing partner of Arshack, Hajek & Lehrman, PLLC, and is a founding member of the International Criminal Bar. For over 30 years, he has been getting calls from clients with unusual, high-stakes cases that require creative and aggressive representation. By completely understanding his clients and their situations, he is often able to solve their legal problems before charges are ever brought. With offices in New York and London, Mr. Arshack represents clients in state, federal, and international courts at all levels. He also represents clients before administrative bodies and at the United Nations. He is known as a global leader in criminal justice and legal reform, and has taught lawyers and law students in the US and abroad, from New York to Paris. Dan is a member of NACDL and serves as International Affairs Committee Co-Chairman and elected representative to the International Criminal Bar.

Lynn M. Paltrow is Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), which she founded in 2001. NAPW is a non-profit organization that works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all people, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. Ms. Paltrow is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. She has worked on numerous cases challenging restrictions on the right to choose abortion as well cases opposing the prosecution and punishment of pregnant women seeking to continue their pregnancies to term. Ms. Paltrow served as a senior staff attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, as Director of Special Litigation at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and as Vice President for Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City, before founding NAPW.

Nancy Rosenbloom, Director of Legal Advocacy at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, has been a lawyer fighting for equal justice for more than 25 years. She has represented clients in civil rights, reproductive rights, family law, education law and criminal defense matters, through individual case advocacy, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and training. Ms. Rosenbloom graduated from Brown University and Columbia University School of Law. After a federal court clerkship with the Hon. U.W. Clemon in Alabama, she served as a senior staff attorney and Director of Special Litigation at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, Director of Judicial Strategy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Project Director at the City Bar Justice Center.

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*This webinar was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K014 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this webinar are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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