DSO Training Events

Webinar: Field Investigation: Mitigating Risk in the Age of COVID-19



Date: July 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially put to a halt field investigation in criminal cases for the last several months. Offices are now starting to be required to go to trial or participate in evidentiary hearings under troubling circumstances. Besides the challenges of the courthouse and trial process, and an essential aspect of preparing a case involves thorough defense investigation which typically includes in-person witness interviews. Can this be done, and how do we do those investigations in the field while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 for investigators, witnesses, their families and the public? This presentation will discuss the new challenges for defense teams and the people who do field investigation who want to maintain high quality representation of our clients while minimizing the risk of COVID-19.

 

Presenters

Dr. Geoffrey R. Swain, MD, PMH, Madison, Wisconsin

Craig Albee, Federal Defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Herbert Duzant, Senior Investigator, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

 

Moderator

Sean Broderick, National Litigation Support Administrator, Defender Services Office, Training Division, Oakland, CA

Start time is 12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Webinar: U.S. Supreme Court Update

Location: Washington, DC

Date: July 17, 2020

This session provides an update on recent Supreme Court decisions affecting federal criminal practice, and reviews issues currently under consideration, as well as select circuit splits.

 

Presenters

George A. Couture, Attorney Advisor, Training Division, Defender Services Office, Washington, D.C.  

Tamara Mulembo, Assistant Federal Defender & Visiting Attorney Advisor, Training Division, Defender Services Office, Washington, D.C.

Start time is 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
This Webinar may be eligible for CLE credit, where authorized. Applications are pending in all states that grant CLE credits for Training Division webinars.

Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop

Location: Portland, OR

Date: September 10 - 12, 2020

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 Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys, the Department of Justice 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 position has been adopted by the ABA. 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 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 legal litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful workflow processes with co-counsel, staff, and potential vendors. Workshop participants will also improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare a defense.

Webinar: Anatomy of Cross-Examination



Date: July 21, 2020

Every trial lawyer dreams of conducting a razor-sharp cross-examination that neutralizes the Government's star witness. Learn how to make this vision a reality. Effective cross-examination involves distinct tools that all lawyers can learn and deploy. In this webinar a savvy, skilled, successful trial lawyer introduces newer lawyers to (and reminds more seasoned ones of) control techniques such as leading questions and one fact per statement, organization by the Chapter Method and statement charts, and some advanced techniques to be more persuasive and hold the jury's attention.

Presenter

Jennifer Willis, Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defenders of the Southern District of New York, New York, NY

Start time is 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time.

This webinar may be eligible for CLE credit, where authorized. Applications are pending in all states that grant CLE credits for Training Division webinars.

Webinar: Crossing the Line - Breaking through to Inspired Impeachment



Date: July 23, 2020

Effective impeachment can be one of the most dramatic moments in a courtroom. Do it wrong, however, and it can look like the lawyer has been beaten at her own game. In this webinar, one will learn the most common methods of impeachment of a witness, as well as the statutory and common law provisions that allow for that impeachment. Impeachment by motive and bias are highlighted in the overview. Learn the mechanics of impeachment by prior inconsistent statement and omission, as well as how to structure your prior inconsistent impeachments so that the jury actually understands and appreciates that you have undermined the witness's credibility.

Presenter

Jennifer Willis, Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defenders of the Southern District of New York, New York, NY

Start time is 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

This webinar may be eligible for CLE credit, where authorized. Applications are pending in all states that grant CLE credits for Training Division webinars.

Webinar: Cell Phone Location Evidence for Legal Professionals



Date: August 04, 2020

This webinar covers the methods used by law enforcement examiners to locate persons using historical call detail records, precision location data and E-911 pings. The speaker will teach how cell phones work in the wireless networks, how to understand call detail records and how to obtain them.  These methods are widely used in criminal cases to "place" a person at a particular location based on his or her cell phone usage. Real case examples will illustrate how location evidence is used in cases ranging from murder to trucking accidents. Attendees will learn about the realities and limitations of actually being able to locate a cell phone based on historical call detail record analysis.

Presenter

Larry E. Daniel, Senior Principal Consultant, Digital Forensics

Start time is 11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 am Pacific Standard Time).

This webinar may be eligible for CLE credit, where authorized. Applications are pending in all states that grant CLE credits for Training Division webinars.

Webinar: Digital Forensics in Child Exploitation Cases



Date: August 06, 2020

The purpose of this webinar is to educate legal professionals on how digital evidence can play a critical role in child pornography cases. This class will cover common forensic artifacts found on computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices commonly seen in child pornography cases.

Participants will learn about how law enforcement agencies perform online investigations for child pornography and child solicitation. The underlying technology and the evidence created by it will be covered, with particular interest paid to peer to peer file sharing. Case examples will illustrate the complexity of child exploitation cases, including issues related to user attribution, file distribution, and forensic artifacts related to the viewing and downloading of contraband. Participants will learn how to challenge this evidence by working through actual case examples.

Presenter

Larry E. Daniel, Senior Principal Consultant, Digital Forensics

Start time is 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

This webinar may be eligible for CLE credit, where authorized. Applications are pending in all states that grant CLE credits for Training Division webinars.

Webinar: The Opioid Crisis and Its Impact on Criminal Defense



Date: August 20, 2020

In 2019, the government prosecuted over 11,000 opioid cases. The destructive effects of opioids have taken its toll upon individuals, families, and communities. As a member of the defense teams in these prosecutions, what should you know about the opioid epidemic and substance abuse?  This session will discuss substance abuse as it relates to opioid use, its effects on cognition and behavior, and the progression of addiction. Additionally, the session will explore co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness. The speaker will help the participants identify opioid intoxication and withdrawal in their clients. He will also address the ethical basis for interrogating or incarcerating a person who is intoxicated or in withdrawal. Understanding addiction and being able to explain to a judge its impact on the human brain is powerful mitigation.