Solitary Confinement and Prisoner Civil Rights:
Some Important Tools for the Interested Practitioner
May 5th, 2017
Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors
1635 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
6.5 General Credits


This CLE is structured to build upon the 2016 CLE "Solitary Confinement: Opportunity for Change." Although this year's program will also be accessible to lawyers who are new to the subject, we encourage newcomers to purchase materials from last year's session.


8:00-8:30       REGISTRATION

8:30-9:30       It’s a Whole Different World Having the Burden: A Procedural Road Map for Solitary and Jail Cases - Learn the nuts and bolts on how to bring a case, where to start, when to serve someone, and other foundational knowledge.  Margaret Strickland, McGraw & Strickland, LLC, Las Cruces

9:30-10:30     Application of Kingsley, to Punishing Conditions of Confinement - Unpacking the mysteries of substantive and procedural due process and answering the question of whether you really need to prove deliberate indifference.  Matt Coyte, Coyte Law, PC, Albuquerque

10:45-12:00  Working with Experts:  An Expert and Lawyer Conversation - Author and national jail conditions expert, Terry Kupers, shares an expert’s perspective on where the most likely abuses of solitary confinement are taking place and what claims need to be brought that haven’t been. He and civil rights attorney, Rachel Higgins, will discuss how to work effectively with experts and the federal rules regarding records and reports.  Terry Kupers, M.D. Oakland, CA; Rachel Higgins, Albuquerque, NM

12:00-1:15     Lunch (On Your Own)

1:15-2:30       Personal Stories: The Use and Abuse of Solitary Confinement

  • Matt Coyte and his client, Jan Greene
  • Vincent Ward, Attorney for Chelsea Manning

2:30-3:30       Competency Issues and Clients with Mental Disabilities, In Both Criminal and Civil Contexts - Topics include the current state of affairs regarding competency evaluations, recognizing the need for a Guardian Ad Litem and Next Friend, and bringing a lawsuit when the person seeking your help has a serious mental disability. Peter Cubra, Albuquerque, NM; Stephen Taylor, Capital Crimes Unit, Law Office of the Public Defender, Albuquerque

3:30-3:45       BREAK

3:45-4:45       What is a Good Settlement? This final segment offers a national perspective on what makes a good settlement to reform solitary confinement practices, and how to ask for, get, and oversee injunctive relief. Explore the tension between developing new case law and reaching a good settlement for your clients.
Amy Fettig, Senior Counsel, ACLU National Prison Project, Director of ACLU "Stop Solitary" Campaign, New York, NY

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