Florida Center for Capital Representation at FIU Law

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Florida Center for Capital Representation (FCCR) at Florida International University College of Law was founded in 2014 to support defense attorneys representing defendants facing the death penalty in Florida. To that end, FCCR provides free case-consultation and litigation-support services, as well as capital-litigation training programs, to defense attorneys and mitigation specialists across the State. With a strong emphasis on developing mitigation to obtain death-penalty waivers and pleas, FCCR seeks to train and assist capital defense teams in resolving cases short of a death sentence.

With decades of combined experience representing Florida’s capital defendants at all levels, FCCR staff understand the unique characteristics and challenges associated with capital representation in Florida, offering defense teams consultation services and direct assistance in the following areas:

  • Mitigation & Litigation Strategy
  • Mitigation/Waiver Letters & Packages
  • Plea Negotiations
  • Voir Dire Techniques
  • Motion Practice
  • Jury Instructions
  • Mental Health and Other Clinical Issues
  • Referrals to Appropriate Experts
  • Capital Litigation Training

Capital defense teams are strongly encouraged to contact FCCR as early in the representation as possible.

To initiate a case-consultation with Florida Center for Capital Representation,  complete this form, or contact Stephen K. Harper at 305.348.7215 or via email.

FCCR Staff

Stephen K. Harper, Director
305.348.7215

Karen Gottlieb, Co-Director & Visiting Clinical Professor of Law
305.348.3180

Elisa Quesada, Visiting Clinical Professor of Law
305.348.3175

Roseanne Eckert,

Hannah Gorman,

Important Documents:

The Florida Center for Capital Representation relies on donations and a foundation grant to carry out its work. Your contribution is critical to our efforts to improve the quality of lawyering  in death penalty cases.
Please make your contribution to the FIU Foundation with a note that this is specifically to support the work of the Florida Center for Capital Representation.