How Adverse Childhood Experiences Lead to Juvenile and Adult Criminality - Recognizing and Addressing ACEs in the Criminal Arena

All FACDL seminars, apart from the annual Criminal Law Certification Review seminar, are intended to: promote the excellence of, disseminate knowledge to, and provide education to, the criminal defense community.  In that regard, attendance at all seminars (apart from the certification review seminar) is limited to criminal defense attorneys, mitigation specialists, defense investigators and other staff involved in providing criminal defense.  

An intriguing and comprehensive presentation to fully engage virtual attendees.

Definition: "Adverse Childhood Experiences" or "ACES" as they are referred to, are markers in a child's life that affect how they will act later in life and factors that lead them to crime.  By understanding them, changes can be made at an early age and corrective action taken to stop a path to a failed life.

Live Webinar date: Wednesday, August 5th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

CLE: Approved for 2 CLE credits General, Mental Illness, Certification (appellate, criminal appellate, criminal trial, and juvenile. Expires 2/28/2022.

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Speaker Bios:

Denis M. de Vlaming, a Board Certified criminal defense attorney in Clearwater, has practiced criminal law exclusively since 1972. He has been on FACDL's Board of Directors since its inception in 1988 and is a Charter Member of the organization. He is a past president of FACDL.

John "Jack" Helinger is a judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He was appointed to this position by Gov. Charlie Crist on December 5, 2008. Helinger received his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law. Helinger’s law career includes experience in handling family and criminal law cases while in private practice, as well as formerly working as an assistant State Attorney.

Dr. Mimi Graham has served as Director of the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy since 1993, providing leadership to tackle policy solutions to social problems during the critical period from pregnancy to age 3 known as The First 1000 Days of Life.  She oversees a multidisciplinary team with a national reputation as a center of excellence in trauma, maternal health, state policy on best practices for court involved and human trafficked pregnant and parenting teens, recently published new tool:10 Components of Quality Infant & Toddler Child Care and home visiting including the widely-used FSU Partners for A Healthy Baby Home Visiting curricular series translating research into practical use with vulnerable families.

Dr. Graham co-founded the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health in 2002 and built a professional development network in Florida and integrated infant mental health across systems.  As a member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Children, she partnered to create Florida’s Early Childhood Court Initiative, an innovative approach to break the multigenerational cycle of abuse which she taught as a visiting professor to the China University Political Science & Law in 2018.  She spearheaded a Think Tank of state and community leaders toward creating a trauma informed state resulting in a compilation of a Showcase of Florida’s Cutting-Edge Trauma Initiatives.  She is a Fellow of Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families and recipient of the 2019 Voice for Children Award, 2017 Florida Tax Watch Productivity Award for Early Childhood Court, and the Children’s Advocate Award, Legal Services of North Florida and the Florida Bar’s Medal of Honor.

Bob Dillinger: Personal:  Married to Kay Dillinger; Native Floridian, Pinellas resident since 1973. Education:  Undergraduate degree from Columbia University (1973); Juris Doctor degree from Stetson College of Law (1976), Dean’s List, Public Defender Clinic. Career:  Assistant Public Defender, 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1976-1981; Private Practice 1982-1997; Public Defender, 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida since January 1997; Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law.

Awards/Achievements: President, Florida Public Defender Association-August 2016, William Reese Smith, Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service-June 2015, St. Petersburg Bar Foundation “Heroes Among Us” Award – 2014, Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Network Champion of Homeless Adults & Children, Jane Schaeffer Outstanding Homeless Advocate Award - 2012, Bank of America Local Hero Award – 2011, Benjamin Franklin Distinguished Leadership Award -Tiger Bay 2011, Stetson University College of Law, Ben C. Willard award for humanitarian achievements, 2008, Selected a SUPER LAWYER in the State of Florida by Super Lawyers magazine, Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association Diversity Award, 2006, Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award, Suncoast Center for Mental Health Award, PACE Award for community service to Partners in Crisis, NAMI Iris Award for significant contributions to improving the mental health system, Legislative Chair, Florida Public Defender’s Association, 1999 to present, Who’s Who in American Law, Former Master & Counselor, Barney Masterson Inn of Court, St. Petersburg Bar Association Pro Bono Award - 1990, AV Rated Martindale Hubbell Attorney, Nelson Poynter Award - 1982

Civic & Professional Memberships: Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas County, Criminal Law Section, Executive Council-The Florida Bar, Member National Rifle Association, Distinguished Expert Ranking, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Leadership Group, Pinellas Safety Council – Pasco Safety Council, $2.5 million federal grant recipient for jail diversion of mentally ill clients, Department of Children & Families Task Force on Juvenile Baker Acts, Founding Board Member Vincent House, Vincent Academy of the Adventure Coast and Vincent House Pasco