Upcoming DSO Training Events

Location: Long Beach, CA
Date: March 10 - 12, 2022

In the digital era, knowledge about managing, reviewing and analyzing electronic discovery, or voluminous discovery, is a critical skill for federal criminal defense attorneys.  In fact, the first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol developed by representatives of the Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys, the Defender Services Office and the Department of Justice reflects this trend in the law:  “[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery.”  Office of the U.S. Courts Joint Working Grp. on Elec. Tech. in the Criminal Justice Sys., Recommendations for Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Discovery Production in Federal Criminal Cases Recommendations 2 (2012).  The ABA has adopted this position. See Commentary to Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1.


The Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM II) Workshop exposes CJA panel attorneys and FDO staff to the legal, strategic and technological considerations involved in cases 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 issues 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 litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful workflow processes with co-counsel, staff, and potential vendors. Also, participants will improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare a defense.

Location: Santa Fe, NM
Date: March 14 - 18, 2022

This seminar for new assistant federal defenders includes a mix of topics on substantive federal criminal law, sentencing, trial tactics, evidence, and ethics.  Most topics are presented in plenary lectures while some are offered in breakout sessions.

For more information regarding this program, including registration materials, please contact Ccassandra Snyder at the Federal Judicial Center at (202) 502-4137 or e-mail him at csnyder@fjc.gov. The agenda and materials will be posted at the Federal Judicial Center's intranet page

Date: April 20, 2022

Are you new to federal criminal appeals, or has it just been a while since you have done one? This presentation will cover everything you need to know about the procedural fundamentals of appellate practice, including filing the notice of appeal, submitting the initial paperwork with the court of appeals (e.g., CJA forms), ordering transcripts, obtaining the district court file and securing your appellate record, timely filing your brief in accordance with your court's local rules, and dealing with issues of compensation and reimbursement. After this webinar, participants will understand how and where to start the appellate process and know the logistical requirements when filing an appeal before you get to the tasks of researching and writing your brief.  This webinar is tailored for CJA Panel Attorneys.


ADEEL BASHIR is an Assistant Federal Defender, Appellate Division, for the Federal Defender's Office, Tampa Division. While working at the Federal Defender's Office, Adeel has litigated a wide range of appeals involving federal statutory and constitutional interpretation, and the federal sentencing guidelines. Among his notable representations include before the U.S. Supreme Court in Yates v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 1074 (2015), and Rehaif v. United States, 139 S. Ct. 2191 (2019).

SUSAN LIN is a partner with the firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin in Philadelphia. She is a criminal defense and civil rights trial attorney who has won numerous jury trials in both state and federal court. She is also experienced in litigating federal appeals, section 2255 motions, and section 2254 petitions. Ms. Lin is proficient in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. She is on the Board of APABA-PA, on the Legal Committee of the Philadelphia chapter of the ACLU, and a former co-chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Ms. Lin teaches trial advocacy at Temple Law School and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In November 2018, Ms. Lin was appointed as the Third Circuit representative to the Practitioner's Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission. Ms. Lin is a 2004 graduate of Yale Law School and a 2000 graduate of Swarthmore College, where she was awarded high honors by external examiners. After law school, Ms. Lin clerked for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She then worked as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and as an Assistant Federal Defender in the trial and appellate units of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Date: March 03, 2022

Among its many provisions, the First Step Act (FSA) provides opportunities for certain individuals to earn time credits (separate from good time credits) and be released from prison or transferred to prerelease custody based on those credits. In January 2022, the Department of Justice finally issued the regulations governing the ETC program, and retroactively applied credits, resulting in the early release of thousands. Whether our clients will benefit from this aspect of the FSA depends on whether they are excluded (due to immigration status, conviction, or judicial findings at sentencing), their risk score (as determined by BOP’s new risk assessment tool: PATTERN), their participation in programming, and the availability of programming. This session will provide an overview of these custodial provisions of the FSA, identify what we know and don’t yet know about BOP’s implementation of these provisions, and discuss how to best set our clients up to take advantage of the new potential benefits.


Liz Daily is an Assistant Federal Public Defender and the Appellate Chief in the District of Oregon. She has worked on numerous district court and appellate court cases involving challenges to Bureau of Prisons policies and procedures, including successful litigation challenging the BOP’s failure to properly implement earned time credits in 2021. Before joining the Federal Public Defender in 2014, Liz worked as an appellate defender in Oregon and a trial-level public defender in Brooklyn, NY. She also clerked for the Immigration Courts in Seattle and Portland. Liz is a 2006 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School.

Patricia Richman is National Sentencing Resource Counsel for the Federal Public and Community Defenders, where she leads legislative work. Previously, Patricia served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Maryland and as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP. Prior to joining SRC in 2020, Patricia was detailed to Senator Durbin’s (D-Ill) Judiciary Committee staff, where she led his criminal justice portfolio and First Step Act oversight efforts.

Location: Location TBD
Date: May 03 - 05, 2022

This two-and-a-half-day seminar will cover a wide range of topics specifically targeted toward investigators, paralegals, and others who contribute to defending federal criminal cases.  A mix of plenary and concurrent breakout sessions will address areas such as online investigation, BOP issues, sentencing mitigation, mental health, document management and analysis, and offense-specific tips for building a powerful defense.  Also, this program will include presentations on issues relevant to all members of the defense team including mitigation specialists and social workers.  Finally, this training event will incorporate presentations centered on interpreters and those who perform interpreter duties in their offices or cases, as well as paralegals and investigators who work with bi-lingual clients and staff.