Threat Assessment for Prosecutors: Protecting the Community from Dangerous Defendants

May 18, 2021

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
60-minute presentation
CLE: 1 Credit

Wendy L. Patrick is a career prosecutor, named the Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section.  She has completed over 165 trials ranging from stalking, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.  She teaches and trains on a variety of legal topics around the world. She has also been teaching ethics, trial skills, substance abuse, competence, elimination of bias, civility, and other subjects around the country on a regular basis for over twenty years to a variety of legal and business organizations. She is Sergeant of Arms for the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP)and a Past President of the  ATAP San Diego Chapter.  She is an ATAP Certified Threat Manager and has lectured on this topic frequently, most recently at the (ATAP) annual conference.

Dangerous individuals are not always charged with dangerous crimes, yet they pose an unreasonable risk of danger to the community.  Knowing what facts to look for, where to look, and how to present the information they find, prosecutors can reveal a more accurate portrayal of defendant risk to the court.  From bail arguments to protective orders to proposing terms and conditions of probation, prosecutors can thereby take a more proactive role in fashioning conditions and consequences that fit both the crime and the criminal.

This program will incorporate cutting-edge research, threat assessment techniques and tactics, and use real case studies of prosecutors who were faced with threatening behavior, both verbally and physically, from dangerous defendants, to discuss best practices for resolution.

CLE Credit: 1 Hour

Presented by:
Wendy L. Patrick, J.D., Ph.D.
Deputy District Attorney

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This particular live webinar will also be available as a recorded session.  For those of you who may not be able to join us live you may also purchase the recorded version for the same price.

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.0 hour

NDAA has applied for CLE credit in the states of Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.  

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NDAA’s mission to serve and support prosecutors and their staff. In consideration of this commitment, NDAA requires that all those in attendance of our programs currently work in or work closely with prosecution. This training is designed for prosecutors, lawyers and paralegals in local, state, tribal, federal and military government attorneys’ offices who work on behalf of survivors of all violent crimes, law enforcement, victim advocates and victim-witness professionals, violent crimes task force members, all court services staff, judges, shelter and social workers, and protective services personnel are welcome to attend. If you are not sure about your eligibility, please contact Project Coordinator Logan Kilduff at


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NDAA will gladly offer training course attendees a credit for the full course amount which you or an office colleague can use for the rescheduled course or a future NDAA course of your choosing prior to September 30, 2021. As always, substitutions are accepted at any time. Note, NDAA regrets that cash refunds are not available. Please submit all requests to NDAA in writing via email to Project Coordinator Logan Kilduff at

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