Training

Training Resources

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The mission of the NACDL is to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime; foster the integrity, independence and expertise of the criminal defense profession; and promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice.

Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Layers is a group comprised of attorneys admitted to practice law in Vermont who are actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases.

Vermont Bar Association

The Vermont Bar Association values the rule of las as the cornerstone of a democratic society; equal access to justice; a collegial legal community whose members are respected and honest; competence, diligence; an informed and wise reformation of the law; and the special role of the lawyer as a public servant.

November 2017 Federal Criminal Defense Seminar

Agenda & PowerPoint Presentations

BOP Designation and Policies

 


DSO Training Events

Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: July 15 - 20, 2018

The skills-based Academy has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate the development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout the trial. A very experienced and skilled faculty leads this program through a series of plenary sessions and workshops. Elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries. Participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.

Participation is limited to 66 attendees.

Winning Strategies Regional: Defending Immigration and Drug Cases on the Border

Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: August 02 - 04, 2018

Winning Strategies Regional: Defending Immigration and Drug Cases on the Border brings together a dynamic group of attorneys, other legal professionals, and clinical law professors to speak on a wide variety of topics, all designed to keep CJA practitioners abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense of immigration and drug cases.  This seminar builds upon the 2017 Strategies for Defending Noncitizens webinar series which addressed a range of topics from immigration basics to illegal reentry motions and is available on www.fd.orgThis seminar is designed for the more experienced practitioners, however, those defenders and CJA counsel who may have recently been appointed to their first immigration or drug case would greatly benefit from attendance at this seminar as well.  This seminar is also open to immigration practitioners, who occasionally represent clients in federal criminal court.  Subject areas to be addressed include presentations on visas for cooperating clients, derivative citizenship, drug chemistry for the defense, extradition, the intersection of racial profiling in the war on drugs and the immigration removal process, variances in drug cases and many more topics, in both plenary and concurrent sessions.

Webinar: CJA RESOURCES: MAKING THE MOST OF THE PANEL ATTORNEY’S TOOLKIT (CLOSED - FULL CAPACITY)

Date: April 05, 2018

Advocating for resources needed to successfully represent your CJA client is an essential part of your CJA practice.  The CJA Guidelines specify how panel attorneys obtain funding for experts and other service providers to assist counsel in building their defense team and defending their clients.  This webinar will help you make sense of it all. Learn some new ideas and tips on how to obtain technical and litigation support funding and the best ways to use those funds.  This webinar will also explore potential roles of investigators, paralegals, mitigation specialists and other service providers, as well as resources available through www.fd.org and the Defender Services Office Training Division.

Webinar: CJA RESOURCES: MAKING THE MOST OF THE PANEL ATTORNEY’S TOOLKIT

Date: April 05, 2018

Advocating for resources needed to successfully represent your CJA client is an essential part of your CJA practice.  The CJA Guidelines specify how panel attorneys obtain funding for experts and other service providers to assist counsel in building their defense team and defending their clients.  This webinar will help you make sense of it all. Learn some new ideas and tips on how to obtain technical and litigation support funding and the best ways to use those funds.  This webinar will also explore potential roles of investigators, paralegals, mitigation specialists and other service providers, as well as resources available through www.fd.org and the Defender Services Office Training Division.

Techniques in Electronic Case Management

Location: Atlanta, GA
Date: May 17 - 19, 2018

In the digital era, knowledge about managing, reviewing, and analyzing electronic discovery or voluminous discovery is a critical skill for criminal defense attorneys.  In fact, the first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol developed by representatives of the Department of Justice, Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys, and the Defender Services Office reflects this trend in the law: “[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery.”  (See, ESI Protocol)  This is a position that the ABA has adopted. See, Commentary to Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1.

The Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop exposes CJA panel attorneys and FDO staff to the legal, strategic, and technological considerations involved with electronic and/or voluminous discovery.  This two-and-a-half-day program uses a combination of plenary presentations and small group, hands-on instruction.  Besides gaining an understanding of the legal, practical, and technological considerations in these types of federal criminal cases, participants will learn basic and advanced features of three litigation support software programs (Adobe Acrobat Pro, dtSearch, and CaseMap/TimeMap suite).  Attendees will better understand how legal litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful workflow processes with co-counsel, staff, and potential vendors. They will also improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare a defense.  

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Please click on the following link to register - http://www.cvent.com/d/xtqb0c

Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation Skills Workshop

Location: Denver, CO
Date: May 17 - 19, 2018

Using a storytelling approach, this workshop presents a hands-on method on the development of non-capital mitigation and its integration into persuasive sentencing advocacy.  Through plenary and small group sessions, participants will further their understanding on non-capital mitigation evidence and the skills necessary to effectively interview for mitigation; investigate, collect and analyze records; and write reports and/or sentencing memorandum to present mitigation at sentencing.  In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to practice interviewing, storytelling, and persuasive writing.  This workshop is specifically designed for non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals who provide this work under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA).  Please note that due to the workshop format of this program, participation in all of the sessions is mandatory.

REGISTRATION IS NOW IN WAITLIST STATUS - Please click on the following link to register for the waitlist http://www.cvent.com/d/1tqb0x

Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation Skills Workshop (Registration is Open)

Location: Denver, CO
Date: May 17 - 19, 2018

Using a storytelling approach, this workshop presents a hands-on method on the development of non-capital mitigation and its integration into persuasive sentencing advocacy.  Through plenary and small group sessions, participants will further their understanding on non-capital mitigation evidence and the skills necessary to effectively interview for mitigation; investigate, collect and analyze records; and write reports and/or sentencing memorandum to present mitigation at sentencing.  In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to practice interviewing, storytelling, and persuasive writing.  This workshop is specifically designed for non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals who provide this work under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA).  Please note that due to the workshop format of this program, participation in all of the sessions is mandatory.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Please click on the following link to register http://www.cvent.com/d/1tqb0x

Federal Defender Investigator and Paralegal Seminar (REGISTRATION IS OPEN)

Location: Minneapolis (Bloomington), MN
Date: May 08 - 10, 2018

This two-and-a-half-day program will cover a wide range of criminal defense topics specifically targeted toward investigators, paralegals, mitigation specialists, and social workers, who work at the federal level. A mix of plenary and concurrent breakout sessions will include presentations on areas such as sentencing mitigation, mental health and cognitive impairment issues, document management and analysis, online investigation, BOP issues, and offense-specific tips for building a defense in a variety of federal cases. This year, the seminar will also include an interpreter track that includes sessions for defender interpreters, and sessions of general interest to anyone on the defense team who works with interpreters. Priority in registration will be given to federal defender staff, but slots will be available to a limited number of investigators, paralegals and interpreters who handle private CJA cases. In addition, a hands-on small group session on Casepoint and Tools for Combating Large Volume Cases will be available to 32 participants. To sign up for the hands-on session, first register for the seminar.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Please click on the following link to register - http://www.cvent.com/d/3tqg6m/4W

Federal Defender Investigator and Paralegal Seminar

Location: Minneapolis (Bloomington), MN
Date: May 08 - 10, 2018

This two-and-a-half-day program will cover a wide range of criminal defense topics specifically targeted toward investigators, paralegals, mitigation specialists, and social workers, who work at the federal level. A mix of plenary and concurrent breakout sessions will include presentations on areas such as sentencing mitigation, mental health and cognitive impairment issues, document management and analysis, online investigation, BOP issues, and offense-specific tips for building a defense in a variety of federal cases. This year, the seminar will also include an interpreter track that includes sessions for defender interpreters, and sessions of general interest to anyone on the defense team who works with interpreters. Priority in registration will be given to federal defender staff, but slots will be available to a limited number of investigators, paralegals and interpreters who handle private CJA cases. In addition, a hands-on small group session on Casepoint and Tools for Combating Large Volume Cases will be available to 32 participants. To sign up for the hands-on session, first register for the seminar.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Please click on the following link to register - http://www.cvent.com/d/3tqg6m

The Great Divides: Identifying Federal Criminal Defense Issues Currently Splitting The Circuits

Date: March 01, 2018

Ever identify a circuit split only to find out the split had been resolved? Or wished you had preserved a split long after your case had closed? We’ve all been there. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a training session designated to reviewing unresolved circuit splits so that you can effectively exploit these gaps in the law to benefit your client? We thought so, too.

In this webinar, we will review many of the federal criminal issues that are currently dividing the courts and discuss the preservation of these issues for potential appeal. We will identify circuit splits related to the issues you see most: searches and seizures, defendant statements, immigration, standards of review, the Sentencing Guidelines, and more.  After this webinar, you will be able to recognize many of the current criminal defense issues dividing the Courts of Appeals so that you can use (and preserve) these issues to vigorously defend your clients.