2022 Death is Different

February 24-25, 2022


Online Registration Closes at noon on February 15, 2022

Click blue button below to register

Be sure that you are logged in for the FACDL member price!!

Onsite Registration is available for an Additional $25

Registration Types/ Prices:

FACDL Members..... $320
Public Defenders..... $220 (3 or more are $195 each; 5 or more are $180 each-contact FACDL for this discount)
Non-Members..... $375


Before February 15, 2022- Regional Counsel and Public Defender offices who register 3 or more employees at same time, from their respective offices, will receive a discounted rate of $195 per attendee and those who register 5 or more employees will receive a discounted rate of $180 per attendee.  Cancellations will impact this discounted rate. Registration must include full payment or purchase order submission. See below for full Purchase Order Policy.  CONTACT facdl@facdl.org for details and registration assistance. 






  • 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. 
  • Registration for this event grants FACDL permission to use photographs and/or video of the registered attendees in publications, news releases, website pages, social media and in any other FACDL communications related to the mission of FACDL.
  • Seminar contents and materials are solely for educational purposes and are not to be shared by an attendee. Any opinions expressed by presenters may not necessarily reflect the views and/or policies of FACDL. 
  • Those seminar attendees in need of additional services under ADA, please provide notice of your needs to becky@facdl.org no later than January 25, 2022 so arrangements can be made in advance.

Host Hotel

Rosen Plaza Hotel (across from Pointe Orlando-not the other Rosen properties), 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 

  • To make hotel reservations, you must first register & pay for Death is Different.  Once you have completed your Death is Different registration you will be emailed the link to reserve your room at FACDL rates. 
  • There are a limited number of rooms so register NOW to get FACDL room rates
  • For more hotel information, such as rates, please contact FACDL at (850) 385-5080 or through email at becky@facdl.org

Must reserve room through hotel prior to February 1, 2022 to get group rate.  CONSULT HOTEL FOR BOOKING AND CANCELATION RULES. 

Discounted self parking $5 per day for those not staying at the hotel. 



The Florida Bar has approved:

General 12.0

Ethics 1.5

Technology 1.0 

Certification Credits

Appellate Practice 12.0

Criminal Appellate Law 12.0

Criminal Trial Law 12.0

Seminar Agenda (subject to change)

Thursday, February 24, 2022: 

7:30am-8:30am              Continental Breakfast Buffet

8:15am-8:30am              Announcements

8:30am-10:30am            Jury Selection: What to do when it all goes wrong? 

By Terence Lenamon and Michael Pirolo

10:30am-10:45am           Break

10:45am-11:45am          Post-Conviction Duties, Rights, & Remedies: Protecting Your Client & Preserving Issues

By Rick Sichta, Marie-Louise Parmer and Maria Deliberato

11:45am-1:00pm            Lunch on your own

1:00pm-2:30pm             Developing capital mitigation based on Trauma, Mental Health and Sociocultural Considerations In Justice Involved Youth

By Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson

2:30pm-3:45pm             Situational Ethics:  An Interactive Approach

By Denis deVlaming

3:45pm-4:00pm             Break

4:00pm-5:15pm             You Can't Always Get What You Want, But Sometimes You'll Find, You Get what You Need - Litigating against and obtaining expert services, due process costs and other reimbursements from JAC.

By Marie-Louise Parmer and Tania Alavi

5:30pm-                         Networking Cocktail Hour   

Friday, February 25, 2022:                             

7:45am-8:45am              Continental Breakfast Buffet

8:30am-8:45am              Announcements

8:45am-10:15am            Mental Health Epigenetics, Neuroscience and Psychological Disorders in Death Penalty Mitigation

By Dr Deborah Mash PHD

10:15am-10:30am           Break

10:30am-11:45am           Forensic DNA Updates and Issue Spotting

By Tiffany Roy MSFS JD

11:45am-12:45pm           Lunch on your own

12:45pm-2:00pm           Consulting with a Forensic Pathologist to Challenge the State’s Case

By Dr. Terri Haddix and Maria Deliberato

2:00pm-3:00pm             Making a Molehill Out of a Mountain – Using Technology to Build Your Team, Communicate, and Surmount the Insurmountable

By Anna Louise Jeno

3:00pm-3:15pm             Break

3:15pm-4:30pm             What's Better Than Schitt's Creek? Case & Law Update!

By Pete Mills

About the Speakers: 

Terence M. Lenamon is capital defense attorney in Miami and a Resource Lawyer and Co-Founder of Florida Capital Resource Center, an organization dedicated to training Florida capital attorneys. Mr. Lenamon is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College and has taught numerous training sessions throughout the state on techniques in mitigation investigation, jury selection, the art of the closing argument, and creative brief writing in capital cases. He frequently writes about death penalty issues on his blog at www.deathpenaltyblog.com.

Rick Sichta is a board-certified criminal appellate attorney and owner of the Sichta Firm, who he owns along with wife and law partner Susanne Sichta. Rick has both successively tried and appealed capital cases, including the reversal of ten death sentences in postconviction. His firm focuses on both civil and criminal appeals at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Sichta has also worked as an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, teaching the inaugural “Wrongful Convictions” course, and as a former director of the Florida Capital Resource Center. He is consistently ranked one of Florida’s Superlawyers by Superlawyer magazine for his work in appellate law.

Marie-Louise Parmer was an Assistant Public Defender Chief of the Sex Offender Division for the 13th Judicial Circuit and then with the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel-Middle, before opening the private practice firm of Parmer DeLiberato, P.A. focusing on serious felonies at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages in state and federal court.  Ms. Parmer also represents clients for Capital Collateral Regional Counsel-South as a Special Assistant Capital Collateral Counsel.  Ms. Parmer has litigated a number of high-profile cases at the post-conviction, trial and appellate levels including fighting for 10 years for the exoneration of Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin, a Honduran National who spent 14 years in prison for a double murder that he did not commit.

Maria DeLiberato worked 12 years at Capital Collateral Regional Counsel – Middle Region before opening the private practice firm of Parmer DeLiberato, P.A.  Maria focuses on representing clients in capital and non-capital murder cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages.  Ms. DeLiberato also works part time at the Public Defender's Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit handling capital trials, resentencings, and Miller/Graham cases.  In addition, Maria works on the Middle District’s Capital Habeas Unit, challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s ever-changing lethal injection protocol through §1983 actions. 

Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson is a triple board certified physician who specializes in adult, child & adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. In addition to maintaining an active clinic practice where she sees a socioeconomically diverse clientele, she is the founder of Lorio Forensics, a multidisciplinary culturally and structurally informed forensic mental health consultation company. She has consulted on cases in over a dozen states and testified and been admitted as an expert in state, federal, criminal and family courts. Dr. Vinson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida A & M University. After graduating from medical school at the University of Florida with Research Honors and as an Inductee in the Chapman Humanism Honors Society, she completed her general psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. While there, she also received specialized training in trauma through the Victims of Violence Program. She then returned to the South to complete fellowships in both child & adolescent and forensic psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, where she continues to serve as adjunct faculty. Dr. Vinson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she was the lead architect and is the Program Director for the Child Psychiatry Fellowship, the first and only at an HBCU medical school.  She has been elected and/or appointed to national and statewide office by her professional peers and is on the board of both the American Association of Community Psychiatry and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She is also one of two National Psychiatric Advisors for the Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative, a collaboration between the Council of State Governments and the American Psychiatric Association that designs and delivers trainings for Judges regarding mental health and criminal justice. Additionally, at the invitation of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), she serves on the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness. She is the co-editor of two texts, Social (In)Justice and Mental Health and Pediatric Mental Health for Primary Care Providers. 

Denis deVlaming was educated at the Ohio State University where he received a B.A. in Psychology (1969).  He graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1972 with a Juris doctor degree.   He accepted an appointment as a Florida Assistant State Attorney where he prosecuted in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1972 through 1975.  Thereafter, he started his own law practice and has specialized in criminal defense ever since.  His offices are located at 1101 Turner Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756.  Phone: (727) 461-0525; fax: (727) 461-7930; e-mail: denis@deVlaming.com.  Mr. deVlaming is the past president of the Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1987), the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association (1991) and the Clearwater Bar Association (1994-1995).  He also served as Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Clearwater Bar.  He was elected statewide President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002-2003) and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In 2001 he was named senior counsel in The College of Master Advocates And Barristers and in 2010 he was inducted in to the American College of Trial Lawyers. He currently serves as president of First Step, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged men and women who are on probation. He is Board Certified in criminal law (1988-present) and has been approved by the Florida Bar to give Continuing Legal Education seminars on every aspect of the criminal trial.  For over twenty five years he has been asked to lecture at the Board Certification Seminar for criminal trial law.  He has authored over 75 published articles touching upon matters involving criminal law in both state-wide and national magazines.  Mr. deVlaming is an adjunct professor at Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida teaching “Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy” and is a past adjunct professor at the University of South Florida.  He has also been a guest lecturer for the St. Petersburg  College, the “Peoples Law School” in Pinellas County and  been asked to speak at the statewide Florida Judicial Conference on criminal law and ethics (Circuit and County), the Florida Public Defender’s Association (trial tactics), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual seminar, the Gerald T. Bennett prosecutor/public defender trial training program at the University of Florida, the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) held at Harvard law school (2005, 2009, 2014) and “Masters of DUI” held in Miami, Florida (2006).  He has also travelled around the state giving a three hour interactive ethics seminar to the combined offices of the state attorney and public defender. And has written, directed and acted in three mock trials for cable television.              Mr. deVlaming has been inducted into “Who’s Who In American Law” (1989-present) and has been included in the book “Best Lawyers In America” (Naifeh and Smith, 1995-present). He was selected as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Florida by the Florida Trend magazine (July 2004-6), Florida Monthly magazine (Sept. 2003), the Tampa Bay magazine (1997-present), the Tampa Metro magazine (2003-4) and Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present).  The Tampa edition of the Business Review newspaper included him as one of the Gulf Coast’s most influential lawyers (Oct. 2003). The national rating service of attorneys (Martindale-Hubbell) has given him an “A” rating since 1987.  He is also listed in that publication’s “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers”.  His peers have presented him with awards for professionalism and excellence in the field of criminal law by awarding him “The Barney” award (Inns of Court, 1997), “The Hindman” award (Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998), “The Richard T. Earle” award (voted on by all Pinellas County Florida judges, 1998),“The William Reece Smith” award for professionalism (Stetson College of Law, 2008) and the “Jack Edmund” award (The Herbert G. Goldburg Inn of Court, Tampa 2011). In 2012 he was inducted in to the Stetson College of Law “Hall of Fame” (Florida).

Tania Alavi is a double gator who earned her law degree from the University of Florida in 1991. After graduating from law school, she started her career as an assistant public defender, then went into private practice, eventually opening her own firm in 1996. Tania was recently elected as Secretary of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has an extensive death penalty litigation practice. Relevant to her death penalty experience, she serves as the Chair of the Death Penalty Committee for FACDL and a Board member for the Florida Capital Resource Center. Tania has previously served on the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Committee and as the field supervisor for the death penalty externship program at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.Dr.

Dr Deborah Mash PHD. As a neuroscientist, lecturer, and inventor who has dedicated more than 30 years of research to unlocking the secrets of the human brain, Professor Mash is nationally recognized as a leading researcher in the fields of genomic research, neurobiology of addiction and brain disorders, playing a pivotal role in over 300 published studies.  Professor Mash received her Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in Neurology and Neuroanatomy at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  Dr. Mash is the founder and former director of the University’s Brain Endowment Bank, one of six federated NIH NeuroBioBanks.  She is currently on the faculty of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University.  She is the CEO and Founder of DemeRx Inc., a clinical stage drug development company advancing ibogaine and its active metabolite noribogaine for the treatment of opioid use disorder. DemeRx has partnered with ATAI Life Sciences -- a global biotech platform with a special focus on psychedelic medicine -- to develop ibogaine for those suffering from opioid use disorder. Dr. Mash works with a team of academic and industry researchers to advance small molecules from basic discoveries in the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. 

Tiffany Roy MSFS JD is a Forensic DNA expert with over fifteen years of forensic biology experience in both public and private laboratories in the United States. She has processed thousands of DNA samples and thousands of cases over the course of her career. She has provided expert witness testimony in more than one hundred cases in state, federal and international courts. She instructs undergraduates at University of Maryland Global Campus and Southern New Hampshire University. She currently acts as a consultant for attorneys and the media in the area of forensic biology through her firm, ForensicAid. Roy holds degrees from Syracuse University, Massachusetts School of Law and University of Florida in the areas of Biology, Law and Forensic Science. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists and the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. She is certified in the area of Molecular Biology by the American Board of Criminalistics.

Terri Haddix has worked in the area of forensic pathology for over 25 years. She received forensic pathology training in Seattle, WA and neuropathology training at Stanford. She is board certified in anatomic, forensic and neuropathology. She has performed forensic autopsies in several counties throughout California and has testified as an expert in forensic pathology in both criminal and civil cases. She retired from full time employment July 2021.

Anna Louise Jeno (Capital Resource Counsel Project) joined the Capital Resource Counsel Project in May of 2015. In her role as CRC Paralegal, Anna provides support to teams requesting assistance with logistics, team coordination and technology support. Anna brought her experience as a commercial litigation firm's technology specialist to the CRC Project, which included technology support, structural organization support, and document review on large regulatory investigations, litigation, and private-sector commercial litigation. Prior to that foray into civil litigation, she clerked in Multnomah County Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, and helped develop protocols for that county's first mental health court. Her educational background includes a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School (2007), M.A. in Public Policy and Women's Studies from The George Washington University (1998), and B.A. in English, minor in Black Studies and Communications from The Ohio State University (1995). She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2000, where she worked for a non-profit alternative school for at-risk youth before opting to attend law school.

Pete Mills has been a lawyer in Florida for 25 years.   He has tried over 130 cases - including dozens of homicides.  Pete exceeds Florida’s standards required to serve as a lead trial counsel in capital cases under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.112(f) and as lead counsel in capital post conviction proceedings under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.112(k).  He serves as the editor and a major author of the capital litigation manual Defending a Capital Case in Florida and writes a regular column regarding capital litigation in The Defender for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Pete has the power of telepathy and knows that you'll be contacting him at PMILLS@PD10.ORG.

Refund Policy

Tuition refund is a $35 administrative fee which will be made for cancellation received in writing/email by 4 pm on February 1, 2022. No refunds will be made after that time.

Purchase Order Policy for Public Defender and Regional Conflict Counsel Offices

In order to make the registration of government attorneys and investigators more defined, efficient, and equally applied, FACDL implements the following policy for Government agencies wishing to register their employees (attorneys or investigators) for a FACDL seminar:

  • Government agencies may purchase registrations to any FACDL seminar by emailing FACDL a Purchase Order listing the name and email address of each attendee.
  • Purchase Orders must be received by FACDL no later than the online registration cut-off date for the particular seminar.
  • Attendee names listed on a Purchase Order may only be replaced by another name before the online registration cut-off date. Substitutions will not be allowed after the online registration cut-off date.
  • Onsite registration is available for any government attorney or investigator with direct payment at the time of registration, but not by Purchase Order.
  • Refund fees will apply to names removed and not replaced from a Purchase Order before the refund cut-off date.
  • The no refund policy and cut-off date will apply to individual attorneys as well as to those registered through a Purchase Order.  Full payment on a Purchase Order will be expected after the refund cut-off date regardless of ability to attend.  After the refund cut-off date, those registered that are unable to attend, will be afforded the materials only registration (including the recording) if such option is available at no extra cost.
For more information call  the FACDL office at (850) 385-5080 • E-mail: facdl@facdl.org
No telephone registrations, please.