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Friday, March 19 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
How to Become an "Atkins" Qualified Mitigation Specialist

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Storytelling is the heart and soul of an effective Atkins claim.

In this session, we will learn how to get into "the Atkins mindset" - and recognize the subtle signs of ID in our cases.

The truth is, a client with ID go to great lengths to hide their disability even thought it could save their life. This highlights the essential role of the capital mitigation specialist. We have to uncover what our clients are so desperately trying to hide.

The conversation will feature: The Three Generation Pedigree, AAIDD Risk Factors, Educational Chronology & Educational Snapshot, Adaptive Functioning Charting, Neurotoxic Exposure and much more.

This session offers an introduction to the nuances of the complexities of Intellectual Disability, with an eye towards aquatinting mitigation specialist with the law & science of ID and the many obstacles to discovering, documenting & effectively litigating this crucial issue in capital cases. Focus on learning how to effectively document ID and educate members of the capital defense team about the issue (ie lawyers who may have difficulties getting past stereotypes & misconception).

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Juliet Yackel

Attorney & Capital Mitigation Specialist, Law Offices of Juliet Yackel, Evanston, IL
Juliet's mission is to protect persons with intellectual disability from the death penalty, and to help others learn how to detect and advocate for persons with ID.Juliet has been representing capital defendants for 28 years since graduating from Tulane Law School in 1992. She entered... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 6