Amicus US Death Penalty Training
Amicus runs a comprehensive bi-annual training programme in US capital defence law and procedure, legal research, evidence and professional conduct. It is attended by approximately 400 participants each year and held in London.

The training is compulsory for any Amicus volunteer intending to go to the US, equipping them to be of maximum use to an office immediately on arrival; all applicants must have completed the course within the three years prior to applying. The training is also available to UK-based volunteer case workers, to future US interns not affiliated with Amicus and to anyone interested in human rights and/or the use of capital punishment in the US.
 
The training programme is accredited by 21 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points/hours with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
Training is a four-day course that is split over two weekends into theoretical and practical sessions. The schedule and speakers change each year, but see below for this year's programme.

Peter Pringle

Death row exoneree

Sunny Jacobs

Death row exoneree

Jim Marcus

Clinical Professor and Co-Director of UT Capital Punishment Clinic

Raoul Schonemann

Clinical Professor and Co-Director of UT Capital Punishment Clinic

Mark George QC

Senior criminal defence practitioner at Garden Court North Chambers

Professor Jon Yorke

Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre of Human Rights at BCU

We usually hold training twice a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. We only release dates for one session at a time. Details of the next session should be released soon after the one below has passed - please keep an eye on this page, our social media platforms and members emails for updates.
SPRING TRAINING 2019
Introductory evening: Friday 8th March | Weekend 1: 9th-10th March | Weekend 2: 23rd-24th March
Location: 
Baker McKenzie
Each day of the training is mandatory, except the Friday evening, which is optional but highly recommended as this is when the exonerees speak.
See our previous Amicus US Death Penalty Training Autumn 2018 Programme
Places are limited. To secure yours, click 'Buy Now' in the relevant box below.
(Please note that email confirmation will be sent within 3 days of payment)
Speakers for Amicus Training Spring 2019 include...

Mark George QC

Senior criminal defence practitioner at Garden Court North Chambers


Russell Stetler

National Mitigation Coordinator for Federal Death Penalty, CA U.S.A.

Elizabeth Vartkessian

Executive Director of Advancing Real Change, Inc. (ARC, Inc.)

Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle

Death row exonerees and founders of The Sunny Center


Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If you have questions about the course, please contact us.