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Bay Area Lifer School


Recent changes in the law impact up to 14,000 prisoners sentenced in their youth to long terms.  And November's Proposition 57 might subject thousands more to discretionary parole!  We need to make sure practitioners, advocates, prisoners and family members understand the current trends and challenges in helping long-term prisoners transform their lives and navigate California's parole consideration process. (Attorneys will earn MCLE credit along the way.) 

This comprehensive training will equip you with best practices, materials, sample pleadings and letters for:

  • Understanding prison files, classification, custody and "programming" opportunities and limitations
  • Identifying new categories of prisoners eligible for parole release 
  • Understanding and challenging erroneous psychological evaluations (Risk Assessments)
  • Developing a special attorney-client relationship in lifer cases
  • Handling "confidential" material in a Client's Prison File
  • Building an administrative record to support judicial relief in difficult cases
  • Planning for return to the community after prison
  • Petitioning to Advance the next hearing when parole has been denied

We'll also cover the following special topics and recent developments:

  • Special rules governing Youthful Offender Parole Hearings pursuant to recently-passed legislation (SB 260 and 261)
  • Other special proceedings, such as Elderly Parole, Medical Parole, and Rescission Hearings
  • Rules governing Non-Violent Second Striker cases, and the types of parole review to expect if Proposition 57 passes on the November 2016 Ballot
  • Term-setting under the settlement in In re Butler (First. App. Dist., No. A139411) 


About Sharif Jacob
Mr. Sharif E. Jacob has successfully tried patent, commercial, and civil rights actions. He focuses on intellectual property litigation, complex business disputes, and the representation of individuals. Mr. Jacob formerly served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

Mr. Jacob has repeatedly litigated actions advancing the constitutional rights of inmates. He has won judgments and appeals for prisoners locked in solitary confinement and brutalized in prison. His pro bono work led to systemic reform of California’s prison system and has been covered by the national press.