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2020 Criminal Year Webinar

Total Credits: 6.0 including 1.0 Ethics CLE, 6.0 CLE

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2020 Criminal Year Seminar |  Ethics
Judge Crane McClennen |  Dave Cole |  Gary Shupe |  Linley Wilson |  Robert McWhirter |  Abigail Jensen |  Honorable David Cutchen |  Amanda Parker
6 Hours 18 Minutes
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APAAC and CLE West are pleased to present the 2020 Criminal Year Seminar.  This one-day seminar features presentations from all perspectives – judicial, prosecution, and defense – in addition to outstanding written materials prepared by the Honorable Crane McClennen.



Judge Crane McClennen's Profile

Judge Crane McClennen Related seminars and products

Retired Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court

Judge Crane McClennen was born Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor degree in 1968 and a Juris Doctor cum laude in 1972, and was managing editor of the Arizona State Law Journal. He was appointed Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court in January 1997 and retired July 2016, having served on the Criminal, Civil, Family Court, Juvenile, and Administrative Appeals and Lower Court Appeals Divisions. Prior to his appointment as judge, he worked at the Office of the Arizona Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section.
Crane McClennen is the author of the Arizona Courtroom Evidence Manual (1982, 1985, 1997) and Arizona Legal Forms, Criminal Procedure (1990, 2005, 2019), and has authored numerous articles in the Arizona Attorney. 


In 2016, Crane McClennen received the State Bar of Arizona Michael D. Ryan award for Judicial Excellence, and in 1995, received the State Bar of Arizona award for Outstanding Member. In 1986 and 1989, he received the State Bar of Arizona award for Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Legal Education, and in 1991, received the State Bar of Arizona award as Outstanding Public Lawyer. He is a Founding Fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation.

Dave Cole's Profile

Dave Cole Related seminars and products

Retired Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court; Deputy Solicitor General

Arizona Attorney General's Office

Dave Cole, who currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1976.  He has served in a number of capacities and offices, including the Pima and Maricopa County Attorney’s Offices, the Office of the Attorney General (as an Assistant Attorney General and later as Arizona Solicitor General), and as Clerk of the Court for the Arizona Supreme Court.  He served on the Maricopa County Superior Court bench from 1989 to 2007, where he spent the majority of his time in the Criminal and Special Assignment Departments.  He taught Evidence and a variety of other courses at both the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Phoenix School of Law and served as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  He has served on a number of commissions and committees, including Arizona’s Capital Case Commission (2000-2005). He served as co-chair of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Victims’ Rights Implementation Committee in 1991.  He is a former member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and was a charter member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on the Rules of Evidence beginning in 2010 (served through 2018).


Dave and his wife Debbie reside in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dave has four adult children and three beautiful granddaughters.

Gary Shupe's Profile

Gary Shupe Related seminars and products

Assistant Phoenix City Prosecutor

Phoenix City Prosecutors' Office

Gary Shupe has been with the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office for more than twenty years. Eighteen of those years he has spent in the Appeals Bureau, where he is the Assistant Bureau Chief. He has argued cases in the Phoenix Municipal Court, the Superior Court, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.

Linley Wilson's Profile

Linley Wilson Related seminars and products

Unit Chief Counsel

Arizona Attorney General's Office

Linley graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Italian.  She obtained her J.D. with pro bono distinction from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2008, where she served on the Arizona State Law Journal as an articles editor and staff writer.  Linley completed a judicial clerkship at the Arizona Court of Appeals for the Honorable Jon W. Thompson from 2010 to 2011.  From 2011 to 2015, Linley was an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section (“CAS”) of the Attorney General’s Office, and then mentored and supervised other AAGs in CAS as Unit Chief Counsel from 2015 to 2019.  The work of attorneys in CAS primarily consists of representing the State of Arizona in felony criminal cases in state appellate proceedings and representing the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections in habeas corpus proceedings in federal courts.  In 2016, Linley received a Leadership in Action award for the Solicitor General’s Office for serving as Acting Section Chief of CAS for about four months. 


In 2019, Linley joined the Appeals and Constitutional Litigation Division of the Office, where she currently serves as a Deputy Solicitor General and the Government Accountability Unit (“GAU”) Chief Counsel.  GAU’s responsibilities include civil enforcement of state law relating to public bodies, public monies, and state election law. GAU investigates and litigates: 1) violations of state law by counties, cities, and towns under A.R.S. § 41-194.01; 2) illegal payments of public monies; 3) open-meeting law violations; 4) violations of school procurement regulations and laws; 5) civil enforcement of election laws, including failure-to-file referrals for candidates and lobbyists; 6) quo warranto actions; and 7) other actions for declaratory and injunctive relief.  Linley also personally handles investigations and litigation on these topics that involve significant constitutional, statutory, and/or rule interpretation, or institutional issues, advises the executive office on various issues in criminal and civil cases, drafts and reviews Attorney General opinions, and writes amicus briefs on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office for cases pending in state and federal courts. 


Linley is a frequent CLE presenter for the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council.  In 2019, Governor Douglas A. Ducey appointed Linley to the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which is responsible for vetting, interviewing, and nominating candidates to the Governor for judicial vacancies on the state’s appellate courts.

Robert McWhirter's Profile

Robert McWhirter Related seminars and products

Attorney at Law

Law Offices of Robert J. McWhirter

Robert J. McWhirter is a national and international expert on trial advocacy with the skills and experience to help you. Not only is Mr. McWhirter a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law with the State Bar of Arizona, he is first chair qualified to defend capital cases by the Arizona Supreme Court. He’s a former Federal public defender and Maricopa County public defender, instructor and speaker at seminars for other lawyers and judges, and a published author on legal issues.

Abigail Jensen's Profile

Abigail Jensen Related seminars and products

Pima County Public Defender

Pima County Public Defender's Office

Abigail Jensen has been an attorney for more than 35 years (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1982; Stanford University, Economics, 1975). She first practiced in a medium-size firm in Seattle doing general corporate, venture capital, and intellectual property work, before coming to Arizona. Since 1997, her practice has focused on indigent criminal appeals and post-conviction relief (PCR) proceedings in Arizona state courts, first as a contract attorney for Yavapai County, and, since 2012, with the Pima County Public Defender’s Office.

Honorable David Cutchen Related seminars and products

Judge of the Gilbert Municipal Court

Gilbert Municipal Court

I graduated from ASU for both undergraduate and law degrees.


- worked as an associate in a local firm here in the valley practicing criminal defense. Our practice was primarily in the Phoenix Metro area but as an associate I made court appearances all over the state.


- I then operated my own law firm before taking a job on the bench. I continued to handle predominantly criminal defense matters.


- started with the Gilbert Municipal Court in May 2007.  Next month will be 13 years that I have been a Judicial Officer. I took over duties as the Presiding Judge in June 2019.


- I live in the east valley with my wife and 5 children.


- this is my second year presenting as faculty with Gary Shupe


-I enjoy camping, golfing, playing softball, attending sporting events and riding motorcycles. I’ve especially enjoyed coaching my children’s sports teams over the years.


Amanda Parker Related seminars and products

Assistant US Attorney

United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Amanda Parker was Deputy Maricopa County Attorney for a number of years in the appeals bureau, and currently Amanda Parker works at the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.   

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