DSO Training Events

Webinar: How Defense Attorneys Can Eliminate Implicit Bias and Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice



Date: June 16, 2020

This session presents a framework for understanding the sources of racial disparity in the criminal justice system and suggests actions that defense attorneys can take to address this problem. The roots of this racial disparity precede criminal justice contact: conditions of socioeconomic inequality contribute to higher rates of some violent and property crimes among people of color. But four features of the justice system exacerbate this underlying inequality: (1) laws and policies with a disparate racial impact; (2) racial bias in discretionary decisions; (3) underfunding of key criminal justice services and the imposition of financial burdens; and (4) the collateral consequences of a felony conviction. The session describes how jurisdictions around the country have worked to address each of these sources of inequality. Defense attorneys can contribute to these efforts by assessing their casework for bias; engaging in public education, litigation, and advocacy; and by reforming hiring, admissions, and discipline policies in the institutions to which they belong.

Presenter

Nazgol Ghandnoosh is a Senior Research Analyst at The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit organization engaged in research and advocacy for criminal justice reform.

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

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 Standard Time (7:00 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: 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 Standard Time (10:00 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: 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 Standard 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.

Start time is 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (10:00 a.m Pacific Standard Time).

Presenter

Larry E. Daniel, Senior Principal Consultant, Digital Forensics

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

What should you know about the opioid epidemic and substance abuse to assist as a member of the defense team? 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 audience 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. 

Webinar: Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases: Obtaining and Understanding Military Records



Date: June 18, 2020

Veterans undergo an experience far removed from the vast majority of those who sit in judgment of them in the justice system. The military experience, particularly if it involves combat, indelibly shapes the veteran and often has significant causal or mitigation implications relating to criminal offenses.  Seeking military records can be difficult and understanding those records in the context of the military culture can be daunting to even the most accomplished practitioner. This practical presentation will discuss obtaining, reviewing, and understanding military records, as well as offering suggestions in framing veteran mitigation.

Presenter

Captain Art C. Cody is the director of criminal law at Veteran Advocacy Project. Captain Cody, USN (Retired), is a graduate of West Point, has a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California, and graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School.

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

Webinar: Busting Bond Myths and Winning Pretrial Release



Date: June 25, 2020

Key provisions of the Bail Reform Act are routinely misinterpreted or ignored at initial appearances and detention hearings, resulting in the improper detention of our clients. This session will include a thorough discussion of these misconceptions and will provide tools for fighting detention, beating the presumptions, filing bond motions, and obtaining release.

Presenter

Alison Siegler, Director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL

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