Ramos Impact CLE

Topic: LACDL welcomes Ben Cohen, Hardell Ward, and Jamila Johnson
with the Promice of Justice Initiative for a FREE CLE open to all LACDL members.
This will be a live webinar for CLE credit on the Ramos Impact.
Though free, registration is required. 

I. Ramos v. Louisiana Decision
II. How to Get Relief on Direct Appeal
III. How to Get Relief on Post-Conviction
IV. Arguments for Retroactivity
V. What we know about the NUJ Population
VI. Obtaining Proof of Non-Unanimous Jury Challenges

Time: May 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Meet Ben Cohen

helped create the Capital Appeals Project (CAP) in 2001
and the Promise of Justice Initiative (PJI) in 2012. Ben has worked with CAP
and PJI to secure the exoneration of two clients, outright reversals for
death-sentenced clients in six cases, and sentencing phase relief in others.
Ben has been involved in four cases before the United States Supreme Court,
including the landmark decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana, foreclosing the expansion
of the death penalty to non-homicide offenses. He is Counsel of Record in
Ramos v. Louisiana. Ben’s work has been repeatedly identified in the
“Petitions to Watch” section of SCOTUSBLOG, and he has written law review
articles addressing the death penalty, original intent, and race. Ben’s work has
been cited by justices of the United States Supreme Court. Ben graduated from
the University of Michigan School of Law in 1996, and worked for Judge Edwin Cameron,
subsequently appointed as Justice on the South African Constitutional Court. Ben’s work
in South Africa focused primarily on discrimination based upon HIV/AIDS status. 

Meet Hardell Ward

received a B.A. from Morehouse College in 2005 and his J.D. with a
certificate in Sports Law from the Tulane University School of Law in 2008.
During his time at TLS, he served on the Moot Court Board and as a
student-practitioner for the Domestic Violence Clinic. After initially working in
commercial litigation, he returned to public interest work as a staff attorney in
the Housing Unit at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in 2009.  In addition to
his work in housing, he lead SLLS's Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program helping
justiceā€involved youths return home to their communities. In 2017, he was named
an Access to Justice Hero for his work to insure all people are able to access the
justice system. Presently, he is a staff attorney with The Promise of Justice
Initiative working on the Unanimous Jury Project. He currently serves as Co-Chair
on the Board of Trustees for CrescentCare having joined the board in 2014.


Meet Jamila Johnson

is the Managing Attorney for the Promise of Justice Initiatives’ Unanimous Jury Project.
She focuses her work on helping people heal after a 138-year-old Jim Crow era law
eroded the dignity and fairness of Louisiana’s criminal justice system. She does so
using litigation, policy, and public education. Before joining Promise of Justice Initiative,
Jamila led the Louisiana criminal justice reform team at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The team worked on issues such as harsh and extreme sentencing, access to counsel
for people living in poverty, and prison conditions. Jamila served on the
steering committee for the Unanimous Jury Coalition as it ran the
campaign to amend the Louisiana Constitution to require unanimous juries.
Additionally, Jamila has been in leadership for Louisianans for Prison Alternatives
since 2017 when Louisiana passed its historic Justice
Reinvestment Package. Jamila has a law degree from the University of
Washington School of Law and spent a decade at the Pacific Northwest law
firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where she was a constitutional litigator and firm partner.