By the time an innocence organization takes a case, the client has often already filed and lost one or more federal habeas petitions. Given the strict Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) ban on successive habeas petitions, how can the innocence organization litigate the case so as to get a federal judge to consider the new evidence? This session is designed for advanced litigators working on cases in which a prior habeas petition had been filed. The presenters will discuss how to litigate new evidence in state court so as to maximize the chances that the federal courts will permit a successive habeas petition be heard. They will also explain in detail the procedural requirements that must be satisfied before the federal courts will accept a successive petition and the standard that must be met to obtain relief on the merits.