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Monday, January 13, 2020
9:00 AM to 4:15 PM PDT

  • Registration 8:30 AM-9:00 AM  
  • Program 9:30 AM-4:15 PM
  • On Site Parking Available for small fee

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Morgan Grabau
Forensic Mental Health Association of California
(916) 540-7460 
Complaint & Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. $50 cancellation fee if request is received 8+ days prior to event; Cancellations are not refunded starting 7 days prior to event. Complaints regarding instructors and/or presentation content can be sent to the FMHAC Executive Director at and will be addressed in conjunction with the Director of Education within 14 days.

  Introduction to Franklin Hearings for
Attorneys and Evaluators


  Christopher Hawthorne, JD   
Anna Kafka, PsyD


There is a wave of hearings occurring in California courts as a result of People v. Franklin, a case decided by the Supreme Court of California in 2016.   

Per the Franklin ruling, individuals who were under 23 years old when they committed a crime who are now serving a sentence of more than 15 years must be afforded adequate opportunity to make a record of mitigating evidence tied to their youth, such as cognitive ability, character, and social and family background. Such information may include evaluations and testimony and will be relevant in their eventual Youthful Offender Parole Hearing. The right to have a record of this information applies both to current cases and those previously adjudicated. 

Evaluators are being asked to weigh in on the above matters and provide psychological profiles to the Court, and attorneys are being asked by evaluators to guide them in this process. But the newness of these proceedings often leaves both attorneys and evaluators wondering where to begin.

This training will define the legal questions that must be answered, discuss the procedures involved in a Franklin hearing, and outline the case law that ultimately led us to this point. Additionally, this training will provide guidance to evaluators about the content of Franklin reports and appropriate methods of assessment. Finally, this training will discuss the questions attorneys and evaluators must ask of each other to ensure the evaluation and report adequately address the heart of the issue.

By the end of the training, attendees will:

  • Be informed about case law relevant to Franklin hearings.
  • Understand the purpose of a Franklin hearing.
  • Be able to describe the content of a Franklin hearing.
  • Be able to identify the legal questions and factors that must be addressed in a Franklin report.
  • Know what issues must be discussed between evaluator and attorney before the evaluation is begun.
  • Be able to determine appropriate means of assessment of the relevant legal factors.

Continuing Education

6 units for professional licenses: BBS, BRN, CPA, MCLE
CE Statements: FMHAC is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. FMHAC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Provider #FOR005.
Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences through the California Psychological Association.