Upcoming DSO Training Events

Date: October 27, 2021

This presentation will discuss why conspiracy charges are so dangerous for our clients, the basic elements of conspiracy, common defenses, evidentiary issues dealing with conspiracy, and practice tips on how to manage a conspiracy case.


Rene Valladares is the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law, and the UNLV Criminal Justice Department. He lectures nationally on various criminal law and procedure topics including evidence and the defense of conspiracy cases.  Mr. Valladares serves on the Federal Defenders' Performance Measurement Working Group. Recently, Rene Valladares wrote a Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys published by NACDL.  


Date: November 09, 2021

On September 28, 2021, the U.S. Sentencing Commission publicly released the Judiciary Sentencing INformation platform, or "JSIN". The Commission describes JSIN as a data tool "specifically developed with the needs of judges in mind." According to the Commission, JSIN provides judges with easier access to sentencing data for "similarly-situated defendants." In this presentation attendees will learn how JSIN works and the data it reports. We will explore JSIN's capabilities and limitations and discuss how the tool may affect defense strategies at sentencing (and beyond).



Jayme Feldman is an attorney with the National Sentencing Resource Counsel Project for the Federal Public and Community Defenders, where she leads SRC's advocacy before the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining SRC, Jayme was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Western District of New York. Jayme earned her J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School and her B.S. from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.

Tina Woehr, Texas-born and Tucson-based, is an attorney with the National Sentencing Resource Counsel Project. Before they joined SRC, Tina was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Arizona and the Southern District of Texas. Prior to that she was an associate with the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Tina received their J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

CLE: In order to get deliver this time-sensitive webinar quickly, we did not apply for CLE, which requires 60 day advance application in some states. However, we will provide all attendees a Certificate of Attendance which you may use to self-apply for CLE credit, depending on your jurisdiction

Date: December 09, 2021

For many of us, it often appears there are not enough hours in the day. This feels especially true when you find yourself doing your work, the work of others, and managing home life responsibilities. In this session, we will talk about identifying common pitfalls that contribute to our general overwhelm, and we will discuss tips for refocusing your time on your goals and priorities.


Marilena David is the Deputy Director at the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office. She has been at SADO since 2007 when she began as an intern. She represents individuals on appeal of their felony convictions and individuals who are being resentenced after serving unconstitutional juvenile life without parole sentences. Marilena manages the Criminal Defense Resource Center and provides training, resources, and support to the criminal defense bar. She regularly trains lawyers around the country on writing, research, sentencing mitigation, client relationships, issue spotting, sustainability, and more. Marilena launched and manages Project Reentry, a program focused on supporting people on their journey home from prison. Marilena serves on the Board of Directors for numerous Michigan defense education programs and is past chair of the State Bar of Michigan's (SBM) Prisons & Corrections Section where she currently serves on the Council. She serves on the National Association for Public Defense Core Well-Being Committee and contributes to developing and implementing national standards for public defense sustainability. Marilena is the recipient of the 2014 SBM Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the 2014 Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Justice for All Award, and the 2018 Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Community Impact Award. In 2019, she was appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Michigan Community Corrections Board. In 2021, she was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the Michigan Judicial Council.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.  Additional CLE information will be available after the conclusion of this program.

Date: November 17, 2021

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) provides immigration advice to defenders and CJA panel attorneys across the nation and has answered common questions that occur in federal criminal cases for noncitizen clients. This webinar will provide an overview on dominant issues that defense attorneys seek advice on from NIJC, along with practical tips in defending noncitizens, including providing immigrant-safe alternatives to controlled substance, firearm, and fraud related offenses.



Diana Rashid is the managing attorney of National Immigrant Justice Center's Detention Project. She provides legal representation to detained noncitizens in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. As part of NIJC's Defender Initiative Program, Diana provides Padilla advise, technical assistance, and training to federal defenders and CJA panel attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Diana holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Diana is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.


Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.  Additional CLE information will be available after the conclusion of this program.

Date: December 08, 2021

Although mandatory in fewer than half of cases, most defendants convicted in federal court will receive terms of supervised release in addition to their sentences of imprisonment. The conditions of supervised release imposed at sentencing will have a tremendous impact on the defendant's life after release from imprisonment but most are vague, overly broad, ambiguous, and unnecessary. This session will demonstrate how to successfully challenge both standard and special conditions of supervised release in the district court and on appeal. 

NOTE: This program was originally scheduled for Dec. 1, 2021 for was rescheduled to Dec. 8, 2021 at the same time.  


Johanna M. Christiansen is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Central District of Illinois. She has been with the office since 2001, primarily working as an appellate attorney and Appellate Division Chief. In addition to representing her clients in the Seventh Circuit, Ms. Christiansen writes the Case Law Update from her office which summarizes recent developments in criminal law in the Seventh Circuit and United States Supreme Court. She authors several publications for the office including the "Handbook for Criminal Appeals in the Seventh Circuit." She also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to obtaining her position with the Federal Public Defender, she served as an appellate law clerk to the late Honorable Daryl L. Hecht of the Iowa Court of Appeals (later of the Iowa Supreme Court). Ms. Christiansen received her J.D. from Drake University School of Law and her B.A. from St. Olaf College.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.  Additional CLE information will be available after the conclusion of this program.