Surviving a High Profile Case: Living under Scrutiny and Not Jeopardizing the Case

Surviving a High Profile Case: Living under Scrutiny and Not Jeopardizing the Case
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-03-14
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Prosecutors handling high-profile cases, particularly those involving animal rights often attract significant media attention and public scrutiny. All of that can take a toll on one’s well-being. Michelle Welch is back at the Justice Clearinghouse to provide practical advice on how to navigate high-profile cases, and hopefully prevail to uphold justice.

Michell Welch is the Senior Assistant Attorney General and the Director of the Animal Law Unit at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. She is charged with taking all animal law questions in Virginia and is called on by its agencies to act as a special prosecutor in animal cruelty and animal fighting cases.

Specifics discussed in the webinar:

  • Basic high-profile case preparation as it relates to the individual handling the case and the case itself.
  • What a prosecutor may do to manage abusive behaviors by aggressive defense attorneys in high profile cases which involves…
    • Not tolerating it, calling it out when it happens, and putting everything in writing.
    • Talking to someone who had a similar past experience, your team, and a trusted person.
    • Doing the work and being professional and effective in court.
    • Channeling superheroes, smiling, fighting like hell, and not letting it get to you.
  • Strategies to build a robust case and win it by being more prepared and being more professional through…
    • Knowing the law, citing the law repeatedly, and asking the right questions to make an impact.
    • Knowing the rules of conduct, abiding by them, and upholding the duty of candor.
    • Calling out bad behavior, being above it, and even turning the other cheek.
    • Remembering to establish boundaries and watching out for distractions to avoid abuse.
    • Putting everything in writing.
  • Strategies for individuals behind the criminal justice system to cope with the hysteria of a high-profile case by…
    • Practicing self-care and setting boundaries.
    • Not feeding into the frenzy and not letting it get to you.
    • Leveraging kindness, courtesy, and professionalism.
    • Managing threats by reporting them to appropriate authorities and taking pre-emptive security measures.
  • Tips on how to deal with the press on high-profile cases emphasizing…
    • The value in prosecutors not talking to the press directly.
    • Reporting to the judge when the defense is trying the case in press.
    • Not reading press and social media commentaries about you.
    • Letting your work speak for itself – prepare your case, make your opening and closing impactful, and let the press quote the things you say in the courtroom.

Points raised during the Q&A are on:

  • Whether law enforcement investigated Michelle’s broken window.
  • Not showing emotion and not letting people get under your skin during the trial.
  • Handling when testimonies and court proceedings turn hostile.
  • Managing with long hours on the stand during direct and cross-examinations.
  • Dealing with cases that drag on due to political connections of the parties in the case.
  • Asking for a break while on the stand.
  • Protecting prosecutors from stalking and doxing, and discerning nuisance correspondence from actual threats.
  • What is driving the public interest in cases deeming them high-profile.

 

Click here to register and view other Animal Welfare webinars and recordings on the JCH website. 

 

Audience Comments

  • “Thank you for your time and effort with these webinars, I look forward to more of them.”
  • “Great conversation and information!”
  • “Michelle Welch was GREAT!”
  • “Thank the presenter for sharing her time and knowledge. Learned a lot.”
  • “As always, an excellent presentation !!!”

 

 


 

This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.

 

This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.

 


 

 

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