Can’t get through to your mentally-ill clients? Intimidated by competency litigation? Tired of long wait times for state hospital? Judges Cheryl Rios and Maban Wright can’t fix the system but they do have pointers for bringing your best case to competency hearing. This 50 minute CLE will cover statutory basics and offer practical advice about how to effectively challenge, or defend, a competency opinion. We will discuss changes to the competency statutes and what they mean for practitioners in SNCO. Finally, we’ll look at the future of these laws and what counsel on both sides can do to limit systemic injustices in this often-problematic area of the law. This CLE offers a roadmap for new attorneys and a refresher course for the experienced. Don’t let the long road to Larned get you down! Join us March 23rd, 2023 at noon for Competency to Stand Trial 101: Litigation and Updates.
March 23, 2023
Presenters- Judge Cheryl Rios and Judge Maban Wright
Cheryl Rios was appointed to Kansas 3rd Judicial District Court in 2008. Prior to her appointment to the state court bench, she served as an Associate Judge for the City of Topeka, Municipal Court from 2005 to 2008. Prior to taking the bench she practiced critical care nursing for 6 years in Topeka. She has served as Project Coordinator for the quasi-legislative Criminal Justice 3R’s Committee, as a staff attorney for Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as an adjunct professor at Washburn University and as a former Shawnee County Assistant District Attorney.
Rios enjoys spending time with family, hiking, exercise, reading, watching KU basketball and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Maban Wright has been a Shawnee County District Court Judge for approximately five minutes. She currently presides over a felony criminal docket. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Wright was employed by the Board of Indigent Defense Services as a public defender. In that capacity, she was an Assistant, Deputy, and Chief Defender. Judge Wright also worked for the Death Penalty Defense Unit; she has litigated issues great and small and volunteered to help others where she could.
Maban Wright is a wife and the mother of two daughters, 13 and 10. In her spare time, she enjoys recreational sleep, vigorous non-competitive exercise, and cooking.
Sponsored by TBA Criminal Law Commitee
Approved for 1 hour CLE in KS