Also in this issue: New program announcements, supporting the effort from afar, and welcoming a new staff member! 
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ARC, Inc. seeks to transform the U.S. criminal justice system by providing comprehensive and accurate life history investigation to decision-makers in order to inform the fates of individuals facing the most severe penalties.
Celebrating and Supporting Change
Liz Vartkessian
Executive Director

September 21st is our first-ever fundraising event. It is an important evening, not just for us as an organization, but for what we hope is the beginning of broadening access to and an understanding of life history investigation. 

At the event, we'll be officially announcing two upcoming initiatives: the Baltimore Mitigation Training Series and Mentor-in-Residence Program. Each of these programs represents an important step for us in seeking to develop and promote best practices in life history investigation, increase the number of mitigation specialists equipped to take on cases, and provide defense teams across the country with a community of support that will help them improve outcomes for their clients. 

Being able to provide programming like this is why your support is so important to our work. Since its founding, ARC, Inc. has placed a significant emphasis on seeking out less traditional funding sources so that we are not limited to working directly on cases. Support from individuals, firms, companies, and other sources allows us to provide support and create lasting change in the broader defense community in addition to those we serve directly. 

Many of you know the work of mitigation specialists well, and I hope that you can take this opportunity to lend your support. Others of you may just be learning about what we do, and I hope that this evening will provide you with the chance to understand the critical importance of life history investigation and what we are doing to increase its impact. Whether you have known us from the beginning or are meeting us for the first time, I hope you will join us to celebrate a vision of a criminal justice system that is rooted in values of empathy, mercy, and equity - and to take a step closer to making that vision a reality.

Hope to see you there!
 - Liz

Wednesday, September 21
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Reed Smith
1301 K Street NW
Penthouse - East Tower
Washington, DC 20071

Join the staff and Board members of Advancing Real Change for a chance to get to know the founders of this movement to transform the U.S. criminal justice system through the practice of life history investigation.

Board members Jim Marcus (University of Texas School of Law), Christopher Walters (Reed Smith), Robin Maher (Federal Community Defender Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania), and Ruth Friedman (Federal Capital Habeas Project) will be in attendance to discuss ARC, Inc.'s work.

RSVPs are appreciated. Reply online here or email Erin at

A brief program will begin at 7:15pm. Refreshments will be served throughout the event, so feel free to join us at any time.

Generously hosted by
Reed Smith
Already RSVP'd? Invite your friends! 
Can't join us in person?

We are so grateful to have supporters spread across the country, but we know that means that not everyone will be able to join us in DC on the 21st. 

For information on the new programming we'll be announcing, check out next month's newsletter or visit our website for post-event updates.

Finally, if you are in a position to do so, please consider supporting ARC, Inc. even if you can't attend. Your participation may be virtual, but its impact will be real! 
Welcome, Donna!
Please join us in welcoming our newest team member, joining us later this month: Donna Venable, Life History Investigator. Donna comes to us from Florida, where she represented death-sentenced clients while working as an attorney for Capital Collateral Regional Counsel. Learn more about her past work here
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