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Training and Education

Advancing Real Change Inc’s Training and Education program promotes equity and justice by providing opportunities for professional development and community-building.

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Opportunities for Learning

Advancing Real Change Inc., hosts a variety of free learning opportunities to eliminate barriers to defenders receiving the high-quality knowledge and skills needed to effectively represent individuals from underserved communities who are at risk of unjust legal outcomes.

Webinar Series – This series is the foundation of our virtual programming, and covers topics such as record collection, intellectual disability, trauma, the role of race in our cases, and many more. Generally, these sessions are scheduled monthly on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern via Zoom. 

Lunch and Learn SeriesThis series is designed to give participants the opportunity to revisit previous sessions to refresh their knowledge, catch up on what they missed, and take a deeper dive into topics that are difficult to cover in just one 90-minute session. Participants will be asked to watch a video of a past webinar ahead of each session. They will be able to access that video and supporting materials via Perusall, a community learning platform where members of the group can respond to the materials and each other with comments and questions. Responses will help guide a round-table discussion led by a subject-matter expert. These sessions will be offered one Tuesday each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern via Zoom. 

Ask a Mitigation SpecialistSimilar to a helpline, Ask a Mitigation Specialist is a resource for defense practitioners to think through a mitigation challenge or question with two veteran mitigation specialists. Participants receive feedback rooted in best practices and case information remains confidential. Request a virtual 25-minute appointment here.

Multi-Day Trainings ARC, Inc. began hosting an annual large-scale mitigation training for practitioners in 2017, with sessions facilitated by renowned experts discussing a variety of topics relevant to mitigation investigation. We now offer two or three-day trainings twice annually in Baltimore, MD and Jacksonville, FL. Check our Events Calendar to see our next in-person multi-day trainings. 

BYOC TrainingsBring Your Own Case Trainings are intensive client-centered training designed to provide support and consultation to defense teams working on capital pre-trial, state-level cases. The program consists of plenary sessions followed by small-group brainstorming sessions where participants will have an opportunity to discuss their cases with nationally-recognized experts in capital defense. Participating teams are eligible for continued case consultation with faculty following the training. BYOC training is made possible by Grant No. 2018-CP-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance through the Department of Justice. If you and your defense team colleagues are interested, have one member of your team complete a brief screening form here.

Virtual Book ClubWe began our virtual book club as an opportunity to build community while exploring common themes in mitigation. Virtual book club members participate in one of two small groups that meet to discuss the selected reading. Each meeting is led by a member of ARC, Inc.’s staff. 

Please read before joining an ARC, Inc. virtual training.

Important information for participants

We strive to bring quality training and support to the defense community. We make every effort to protect the valuable information that is shared through our platform. In an effort to increase security, virtual training attendees are now required to log into their Zoom account using the email address provided at registration. Those who are not logged into a Zoom account cannot be admitted due to authentication requirements implemented via Zoom. This step in authentication helps ARC, Inc. identify attendees and ensure that sensitive information is not accessed without permission. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact Mary Roberts at [email protected].


Advancing Real Change (ARC), Inc. provides and shares training opportunities and resources to defense practitioners for the purposes of professional development. The presentation of any material or information by a third party regarding any opinions, products, processes, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply ARC, Inc.’s endorsement or recommendation. ARC, Inc. does not make any guarantees, expressed or implied, regarding case development or outcomes.

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