LIVE: Evaluation for Mitigation in Non-Capital Federal Sentencing Cases

June 28, 2024  |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific

Presented By Gina Manguno-Mire, PhD | Claude J. Kelly, JD
Gina Manguno-Mire, PhD Claude J. Kelly, JD

June 28, 2024
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific

4 Hours | 4 CEs

Live Program via Zoom

Gina Manguno-Mire, PhD and Claude J. Kelly, JD present a live virtual professional training program on Evaluation for Mitigation in Non-Capital Federal Sentencing Cases in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

Evaluations for sentencing are ubiquitous and commonly encountered by practicing forensic psychologists, but there is little guidance on how to conduct these evaluations in non-capital cases. Since the passage of the Sentencing Reform Act in 1984, federal judges have been tasked with considering how a defendant's "history and characteristics" bear upon sentencing.

This program, co-presented with the Chief Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Louisiana, provides participants with the legal context for conducting non-capital federal sentencing evaluations, including an in-depth discussion of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines as illustrated by actual case examples used in mitigation evaluations in federal court. Finally, how to effectively and ethically communicate one's opinion through written reports and/or oral testimony will be discussed.

The program is intended for beginning forensic practitioners or evaluators with forensic experience who are looking to expand their current practice by learning to conduct mitigation evaluations of non-capital offenders. Federal case law, the goals, and the purpose of sentencing, including the concept of moral culpability, will be discussed in detail, focusing on the systematic evaluation of individual offender characteristics that bear upon individualized sentencing. The basis for sentencing mitigation, including the factors judges consider in departing from the sentencing guidelines, will be discussed through the use of legal material and redacted forensic case examples.

Intended Audience

This live program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

Experience Level

This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Presented By

Gina Manguno-Mire, PhD

Gina Manguno-Mire obtained her Ph.D. in psychology from Louisiana State University with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment of affective disorders. After completing a clinical internship with an emphasis in PTSD at the New Orleans VA Medical Center, she continued her training in trauma and s...

Presented By

Claude J. Kelly, JD

Mr. Kelly is a New Orleans native and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Tulane Law School. From 1987 to 1990, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney for Orleans Parish, serving as a Senior Trial Attorney. Thereafter, he was the general manager of Kolb'...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the legal context of federal sentencing evaluations

Describe the role of psychological evaluations for mitigation in non-capital sentencing proceedings

Describe how to conduct high-quality evaluations for mitigation in non-capital federal sentencing cases


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Program Partner

American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP)

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board-certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research, and practice. The Academy does this by providing high-quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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