Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 14:00
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Dancing in the Dark: Fentanyl Analogues

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)

Since fiscal year 2016, there has been a massive 5,725% increase in federal prosecutions involving fentanyl analogues. Across the country, these substances are cropping up in many different types of drugs prosecutions. But what is a fentanyl analogue, exactly? This presentation will explain what fentanyl analogues are, recommend strategies for building your defense, and identify sentencing arguments to help you advocate for lower sentences for your clients.


Patricia L. Richman serves as the National Sentencing Resource Counsel to the Federal Public and Community Defender, where she leads legislative and policy work. Previously, Patricia served as a Detaile Counsel on the Judiciary Committee for U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin and as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland and in Greenbelt, Maryland. Before joining the Federal Public and Community Defenders, Patricia worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP, and as a clerk to the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Patricia taught special education in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Patricia earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law; she also holds a M.S. in Special Education: Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.