​Cities for Life, ​Community of Sant'Egidio, Padua, Thiene, Schio, Treviso, Verona, Mestre (2016)

Cities for Life, Community of Sant'Egidio, Rome, Civitavecchia, Foligno (2014) speaker

Cities for Life, Community of Sant'Egidio, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Livorno (2013) speaker 

Ohio Justice & Policy Center, Second Annual Dinner, Cincinnati (2012), Keynote speaker

Alexandria, Virginia, Jail, Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Co-hosted by 

         Federal Public Defender Office and Sheriff's Office (2012), Keynote speaker

International Literary Peace Prize, Dayton, OH (2011).  Acceptance speech as winner 

          of Nonfiction Award: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPMgdGRpfFc

Annual Conference, Lifelines, London (2011), Featured speaker

Training Program, AMICUS, London (2011), Keynote speaker

Staff Training, Habeas Corpus Resource Center, San Francisco (2011), Featured speaker

California Correctional Center, Susanville (2011), Inspirational presentation to inmate population

Newark Peace Education Summit (2011), Panelist with H.H. Dalai Lama on "Finding Peace Within":


C-SPAN, Long Island University, (2011) Panelist with 2011 George Polk Award Winners

Annual Death Penalty Project Lecture, Inns of Court, London (2011) Keynote speaker

Zocolo Speakers Series, Skirball Cultural Center, L.A. (2010), Keynote speaker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkOWETGC6jI 

Robert E. Goldberg Peace and Justice Service, Congregation Mishkan Israel, New Haven (2006) Keynote speaker

Frederic Douglass Awards Dinner, Southern Center for Human Rights (2005), Keynote speaker and Award recipient




legal conferences, seminars, workshops


Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Strategy Sessions (annual) Presenter and Faculty, 2007 - present

Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel ACTs, (semi-annual) Presenter and Faculty, 2007 - present

Death Penalty Seminar,​ "The Fight for Life,"  Phoenix, AZ, Keynote speaker (2016)

​24th Annual Capital Defense Workshop, ​Virginia Bar Association, Richmond, VA, speaker (2016)

NAACP LDF - Airlie, VA​, 37th Annual Capital Punishment Training Conference (2016)

​NAACP LDF - NYC, ​1st & 2nd Annual Symposium on Race & Ethnicity for Defense Lawyers (2015 & 2016)

U. Arkansas School of Law - Little Rock​, Restorative Justice Symposium, Keynote address (2015)

Federal Capital Habeas Project Training Seminar, New Orleans (2014). Presenter and Faculty

11th Nat'l Seminar on Mitigation Evidence, Fed. Habeas Assistance & Training, Philadelphia (2014). Presenter

Capital Case Workshop, Washington and Lee School of Law (2013). Keynote speaker and Faculty

Criminal Justice ACT Panel Training Program, Nashville Federal Defender's Office (2012). Keynote speaker 

"Sharing Insights, Sharing Knowledge"


U. Mass - Amherst, Departments of Journalism and Communication (2014)

Washington and Lee School of Law, Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration (2014)

Columbia University School of Law, New York City (2013)

Berkeley School of Law, Thomas Henderson Center for Social Justice (2013). Practitioner-in-Residence, Faculty 

Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (2012)

Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH (2011)

Santa Clara University School of Law, 2011 Death Penalty College. Presenter/Faculty

St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA (2011)

Grambling University/Louisiana Tech University (2011)

Yale Law School, New Haven, CT (2011)

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA (2011)

Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA (2011)

Old Dominion University, 33rd Annual Literary Festival (Oct 2010). Wilbert talks about his memoir,

the courage of Warden C. Paul Phelps, who lifted censorship at Angola during its bloodiest days, and what prisons

need now, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKgRUzPD8Es

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Distinguished Lecturer Series (2005)


Cities for Life Rally Against the Death Penalty, Roman Coliseum

Criminal Justice ACT Panel Training Program, Baltimore Federal Defender's Office (2012). Keynote speaker

Annual conference, South Carolina Public Defenders Association (2011). Keynote speaker

Annual Frank Dunham Federal Criminal Defense Conference, Charlottesville, VA (2011). Keynote speaker

Annual Defenders Dinner, San Diego (2011). Keynote speaker

Shreveport Bar Association luncheon (2011). Keynote speaker

Workshop  CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar, Monterey, CA (2011). Co-presenter

Annual Habeas Corpus Training for Capital Post-Conviction Attorneys, NYC Bar Association (2010). Keynote speaker

Capital Litigation Initiative, Columbia, SC (2010). Presenter and Faculty

8th Annual Arizona Public Defenders Association Conference, Tempe (2010). Keynote speaker

Federal Capital Habeas Project Legal Training Seminar, Indianapolis (2010). Keynote speaker

Annual Criminal Defense Seminar, Office of the Public Defender, Western Division of LA, Lafayette (2010). Keynote speaker

Nat'l Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence, Fed. Habeas Assistance and Training, Seattle (2010). Presenter

Annual Criminal Defense Seminar, Federal Public Defender's Office, Middle District of NC (2010). Keynote speaker

Annual "Life in the Balance" Conference, National Legal Aid & Defender Assn, Nashville (2010) Keynote speaker and Faculty

Annual Death Penalty Training Seminar, CA Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Monterey, CA (2010). Keynote speaker and Faculty

17th Annual Capital Defense Seminar, Virginia Bar Assn, Richmond (2009).  Keynote speaker and Faculty

Nat'l Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence, Fed Habeas Assistance and Training, Philadelphia (2009). Keynote speaker

American Bar Assn Section of Litigation winter conference, Scottsdale, AZ (2009). Keynote speaker

20th Anniversary of ABA's Death Penalty Representation Project, Washington, DC (2006). Featured speaker

Annual convention, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2005).  Keynote speaker

Annual convention, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NYC (2005). Keynote speaker and recipient of Champion of Justice Award

Habeas Corpus Symposium, Cornell University Law School (2005). Featured speaker



With Saul Lehrfreund at the Second Annual Death Penalty Project Lecture, Inns of Court Inner Temple


Wilbert speaks on various topics pertaining to criminals, the world of prison, re-entry, criminal justice reform, journalism and censorship.  He also addresses issues that specifically relate to criminal defense, such as understanding the capital client, problematic defendants, difficulties in attorney/client relations, mental illness behind bars, solitary confinement, indigent defense, effective assistance of counsel,  and the death penalty. 

With the Dalai Lama: "Finding Peace Within"