MEDIA COVERAGE​

Death or life in prison? Chapman jury set to hear arguments.--Daily Local News--Nov, 12, 2012

Juandalynn Taylor, Ph.D., J.D. is a seasoned Independent Mitigation Specialist, Continuing Legal Education Faculty Member, and Social Scientist. She has 15 years of experience working with defendants as a mitigation specialist in multiple jurisdictions on various state, federal, juvenile, and post-conviction cases. Having participated in over two hundred cases, Dr. Taylor is a veteran at providing defense teams with detailed investigations, well-reasoned analysis, empathy-evoking evidence, extensive record collection, assistance with identifying experts and witnesses, reports, exhibits, pre-trial mitigation packets, and consultations.


Prior to working as a full-time mitigation specialist, Dr. Taylor enjoyed a 12-year career as a university professor. She taught courses in Rhetorical Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Legal Issues in Communication, Advocacy, Political Communication & Cultural Studies.  She has presented over 35 research papers in her field with publications being recognized by the National Communication Association and the Western Communication Association for top papers. She was honored in 2001 as one of the Top 40 Women in Idaho Making History and invited to testify before a Pennsylvania House of Representatives subcommittee on why Juveniles should not receive life sentences without the possibility of parole. 

Dr. Taylor's mitigation approach integrates 30 years of academic experience as a Communication Studies scholar and professor examining human behavior and communication in interpersonal relationships, during social interactions, political contexts, and within and among cultural groups. 


Dr. Taylor's training, research, and expertise is interdisciplinary drawing from communication studies, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, critical race theory, political science, and law. She has conducted fieldwork in the United States, as well as in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba--where she also taught three study abroad courses.    

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Dr. Taylor also takes the lead at Taylor Advocacy Group as the Director of Mitigation Services. The practice is made up of mitigation associates with a variety of backgrounds all specializing in contextualizing the client's story and the offense(s) within their proper social context. They do this while simultaneously developing evidence supporting the least restrictive sentence at every phase of defense ​​​preparation in capital & non-capital cases. Dr. Taylor supervises all work and is responsible for all report writing, testimony, and correspondence. 

​​OUR PROCESS FOR DISCOVERING MITIGATING EVIDENCE:

COVERING TESTIMONY:

Bethlehem murderer deserves shorter sentence because of dismal upbringing, defense argues. LehighValleyLive.com Nov 10, 2014

Convicted teen murderer asks for mercy in Bethlehem shooting. The Morning Call-Nov. 10, 2014

COVERING CASE WORK:

 

                           


FEATURE STORY:

MORE ABOUT JUANDALYNN TAYLOR & THE ADVOCACY GROUP

Man who murdered Allentown man on Halloween 2008 faces 20 years in state prison--LehighValleyLive.com Oct 5, 2012

               AFFILIATIONS:

       

  • Barriers to economic, education, & employment opportunities
  • Lack of access to medical care & mental health resources.
  • Exposure to prejudices based on race, gender, class, religion, disabilities, & ascribed social identities.

Taylor Advocacy Group

PO Box 681389

San Antonio, TX ​78268

FOR QUESTIONS OR A FREE CONSULTATION 

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The Critical Role This Person Has in Death Penalty Cases.--KSAT 12 San Antonio, Texas--August 3, 2017

​(210) 896-8582 TX
(215) 908-8283 PA
JT@AdvocacyPros.com​

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 JUANDALYNN TAYLOR Ph.D., J.D. 

MITIGATION SPECIALIST,  SOCIAL SCIENTIST  &  CULTURAL EXPERT 

As your specialist, we identify important mitigating factors & relevant social context to help fact-finders better understand "who" is before the court. This includes an 

exhaustive examination of a client's unique experiences as well as larger social issues, historical conditions, and other relevant factors often out of a client's control. 

  • ​​Being raised in foster care/guardians
  • Substance abuse/addiction or exposure 
  • Suffering from physical, sexual, psychological & other abuses​
  • ​ Membership in gangs, religious organizations, or other groups.​
  • ​Experiencing complex trauma
  • But not  limited to these factors.



               THE GROUP IN:

Alleged Bloods member gets up to 40 years for Halloween slaying-The Morning Call--Oct 5, 2012

A MITIGATION SPECIALIST'S ROLE 

​​​​​ "The ABA Guidelines provide that investigations into mitigating evidence should comprise efforts to discover all reasonably 

available mitigating evidence and evidence to rebut any aggravating evidence that may be introduced by the prosecutor." ​​​

​                                  --- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the majority in Wiggins v. Smith (2003)

JUANDALYNN TAYLOR PH.D, J.D.

TAYLOR ADVOCACY GROUP ​

PO BOX 681369

SAN ANTONIO, TX 78268

​(210) 896-8582 TX

(215) 908-8283 PA

JT@AdvocacyPros.com​

Defense in Murder Case seeking Delay--Daily Local News--Aug 7, 2011 (references value of mitigation tasks)

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/daily-local-news-west-chester-pa/20110807/281500747930393

  • ​Intellectual disabilities
  • Mental health/mental illness
  • Birth deficits/birth complications
  • Being raised in a dysfunctional household.
  • Absentee parent(s)
  • Homelessness-child or adult
  • Incarcerated parent(s)​​

EXAMPLES OF RELEVANT MITIGATING FACTORS & SOCIAL CONTEXT​​

MITIGATED OVER 200 

STATE  & FEDERAL TRIAL AND

POST-CONVICTION CASES WITH SUCCESS.


 DEVELOP REBUTTALS TO AGGREVAGATING EVIDENCE FROM 

      CASE FACTS, PSI/R, RISK ASSESSMENTS, PRISONS RECORDS, ETC:

  • Presenting the strongest arguments for low recidivism risk.
  • Offering a rebuttal and alternative insight to negative risk-assessments.
  • Applying periodical & empirical data best explaining the client's prison behavior overtime--including a rationale for write-ups & re-classifications.   

IDENTIFYING, ANALYZING & DEVELOPING TO:

  • Offering the strongest arguments for plea negotiations and bench & jury trials.
  • Identifying strategies for introducing plea offers to clients and family members.
  • Identifying & develop expert and lay witnesses best suited to the case. 
  • Providing evidence-based rebuttals for expert reports.

For capital and non-capital cases, a mitigation specialist assists defense teams by conducting life history ​​investigations, shaping answers to prosecutors' rebuttal arguments and developing empathy-evoking evidence for securing the least restrictive sentence available. ​​

INVESTIGATING, GATHERING & REVIEWING BY:

  • Conducting multiple interviews with the client & collateral witnesses.
  • Engaging in exhaustive gathering & reviewing of records & documents and potential exhibits.
  • Researching historical, demographic, and community impact data. 



 

​(210) 896-8582 TX

(215) 908-8283 PA

JT@AdvocacyPros.com​

​   ​​​​​​​​​​"In telling a person's story, 'there is no out-of-context' moment."

                             ---Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology(Social Scientist, Psycholoanalysits, & Political Theorist). 

                                                                               

WE'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL 

IN ​​MULTIPLE ​JURISDICTIONS.

​​​​​​​​​​​      We all need mercy, we all need justice, and-perhaps-we all need ​some measure of unmerited grace. ---Bryan Stevenson, Social Justice Advocate

                                                                               

National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialist

​National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Public Defenders

Black Public Defenders Association

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


PO BOX 681369

SAN ANTONIO, TX 78268

​(210) 896-8582 TX

(215) 908-8283 PA

JT@AdvocacyPros.com​

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State & Federal Capital


Non-Capital/3553(a)


Felonies


Major Crimes​


PSI/PSR Client Prep


​Sex Crimes/Trafficking


                                                                  ULTIMATELY

      Generating work-product in the form of reports, exhibits, advice, videos or packets tailored to the

      client's life story, social context, & defense strategy--all aimed at securing the least restrictive

      sentence using empathy-evoking evidence.  

 Probation/parole​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Post-Conviction


Juvenile Matters


White Collar


​Court Appointed & ​


​Privately Retained 




​​​​​​It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not

be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. 

​                ---Nelson Mandela, Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary & Former President of South Africa