Annual Western All-Star Conference & Confabulation

Date Topic Location
September 8, 2022

To download the speaker-provided materials from the day's presentations, please use this link:


Registration: 8:00am-8:30am

Opening Remarks: 8:30am-8:45am

Deja Vishny: "What's Interrogation Gotta do with it: Defending Confession Cases": 8:45am-10:15am

Break 10:15am-10:30am

Dana Cook: Mitigation Investigation 10:30am-11:30am

Lunch 11:30am-1:00pm

Kristen Nelson: Death Penalty Motions Practice 1:00pm-2:15pm

Juliet Yackel: Intellectual Disability: More than Mitigation - Murder Charges Dropped and Other True Stories 2:15pm-3:30pm

Break 3:30pm-3:45pm

Maria Sapene: Open-Source Investigations 3:45pm-5:00pm

Boise Centre
September 9, 2022

To download the speaker-provided materials for the day's presentations, please use this link:


Registration 8:00am-8:30am

Opening Remarks 8:30am-8:45am

Troy Stabenow: 2022 Child Pornography Sentencing Update & Applying the Lessons of 2G2.2 to Other Types of Clients 8:45am-10:15am

Break 10:15am-10:30am

Nicole Palumbo: Trauma Informed Care & Vicarious Trauma: Caring for Your Clients and Your Own Mental Health 10:30am-11:30am

Laura Nirider: False Confessions 11:30am-12:30pm

Lunch 12:30pm-2:00pm

Maureen Baird & Walt Pavlo: Federal Bureau of Prisons Policies: First Step Act, CARES and Obtaining Inmate Records 2:00pm-3:30pm

Break 3:30pm-3:45pm

Angela Chang & Heidi Johnson: Court Updates 3:45pm-4:45pm

Join us after the Confab for a cocktail reception at the Basque Market sponsored by IACDL!

Boise Centre

3rd Thursday Meeting Schedule

Date Guest/Topic Location Joining Link
January 20, 2022

Professor Orin Kerr, Berkeley School of Law--

How to spot illegal searches and seizures in the internet age

Zoom webinar
February 17, 2022

Erik Lehtinen--SAPD Appellate Chief

Importance of issue preservation, common preservation pitfalls, and recommendations for properly litigating issues

Zoom webinar
March 17, 2022

Meeting cancelled


Zoom webinar
April 21, 2022

The speakers for April will be Amy Rubin and Steve Roberts with the Federal Defenders office of Eastern Washington and Idaho. They will be speaking on the topic of effective sentencing strategies.

Zoom webinar
May 19, 2022

Brent Flock, Supervisory Probation Officer, United States Probation Office

Mr. Flock will provide an update on the recent developments in the probation office.

Zoom webinar
October 20, 2022

David Menninger, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Central District of California

Mr. Menninger will be providing a presentation on defending noncitizens and protecting them from immigration consequences in the context of a federal case.

Zoom webinar


Date Topic Time
May 6, 2022

We are hosting a monthly series of trainings on the first Friday of every month.  The next topic will be "Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Week 7 - Sentencing Fundamentals: The Legal Framework". 

Please use this address to join the Zoom meeting:



12:00 Mountain