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SADO/MAACS - Preparing for—and Seeking—Federal Habeas Relief: The Do’s, Don’ts, and Practical Tips


Time: October 14, 2020 - 3-4:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Often, after they have exhausted all their state court appeals and remedies, state criminal defendants will seek further relief by filing a habeas petition in federal court under 28 U.S.C Sec. 2254. But in order to do so, the necessary preparatory work begins well before the petition is filed in federal court. This presentation will not only address the basics of federal habeas practice, but how actions taken -- and not taken -- by attorneys and clients alike during appeals of right and Michigan post-conviction/post-appeal practice -- impact the path a federal habeas petition takes. It will also discuss some practical tips for those attorneys who are seeking such relief for their clients. Register here.

Faculty: John Pallas is currently the First Assistant of the Criminal Trials and Appeals Division at the Department of the Michigan Attorney General. He has been an Assistant Attorney General, specializing in federal habeas practice, since October of 2010. Before then, John was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for approximately 21 years, the last two of which he served as Division Chief of the Appellate Division. John has presented on various legal subjects over his career to the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, the Michigan Judicial Institute, and the Oakland Police Academy to name just a few.

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