Upcoming DSO Training Events


Date: June 29, 2022

This presentation will provide a broad overview of the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA), along with a discussion of recent developments under the statute and litigation tips. The presentation will begin with a discussion of the "Felonies on the high Seas" Clause under Article I, Section 8, Clause 10 of the U.S. CONST., and the limitations that clause places on the United States' ability to arrest and prosecute foreign nationals for drug trafficking offenses at sea. The presentation will include a discussion of challenges to the statute that have been raised in the circuit courts, as well as recurring topics including pre-indictment delay and sentencing issues.

Presenters:

Nicole Valdes Hardin is an assistant federal defender in the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. She is an author of "Uncovering the Secrecy of Stingrays: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know", in the ABA's Criminal Justice Magazine (Winter 2018) and co-author of "The Myth of Cell Tower Tracking" with Cherry, Imwinkelreid, and Romano (Los Angeles Journal, November 2011). While in law school she interned with the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York. Ms. Hardin is board certified in the area of criminal trial law and serves on the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. She previously worked as a state assistant public defender in Florida, as second chair in death penalty cases and assisted in revising the statewide training manual for public defenders.

Tracy Dreispul is the Deputy Chief of Appeals at the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Southern District of Florida. She is the author of chapters on the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act in the 3rd and 4th editions of Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense (Linda Friedman Ramirez ed., 2010, and Ama N. Appiah ed., 2015). Prior to joining the Appellate Division of the FPD's office in Miami, Tracy worked as an AFPD in the Middle District of Florida and as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, in New York. She began her career by serving as a law clerk to the late William L. Garwood, Senior Circuit Judge, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She received her B.A. and J.D., both with high honors, from the University of Florida.

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: July 14, 2022

Critical to successfully litigating a motion to suppress is a deft cross-examination of law enforcement and development of the record that leaves the court with no other choice than to exclude the seized evidence and statements.  This webinar dissects each stage of litigating a winning motion to suppress, from the initial investigation, preparation, and briefing to a winning cross-examination that exposes the government’s violation of your client’s Fourth Amendment rights. 

Presenters:

Caitlan Howard and Leah Gonzales are attorneys with the San Diego Federal Defenders, Inc.                                      

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.

Location: Virtual
Date: September 21, 2022

Over the past 5-10 years, the categorical approach has given us some huge defense wins in the federal courts--mostly (although not entirely) with recidivist provisions referencing "crimes of violence" and "controlled substance offenses" and the like. But recidivist sentencing enhancements applicable to child pornography offenses also call for the categorical approach, which was designed in part to avoid Fifth and Sixth Amendment problems. At this webinar we'll talk about the current state of the law--and what we need to do to make it better--and how to identify and raise categorical arguments in CP cases.

Presenters:

Shelley Fite is an attorney with the National Sentencing Resource Counsel Project of the Federal Public & Community Defenders. Although Shelley was born and raised in Florida, she has spent her professional career in Wisconsin as a public defender of one kind or the other and is based in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006 and clerking with U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, Shelley worked first an appellate attorney with Wisconsin's State Public Defender and then an associate federal defender with Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin. She joined the Sentencing Resource Counsel Project in March of 2021.

Davina Chen is National Sentencing Resource Counsel for the Federal Public & Community Defenders. Prior to assuming this position in 2020, she practiced federal criminal defense as a trial and then an appeals attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California (1999-2013), and as a sole practitioner (2013-2020). A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and New York University School of Law, Ms. Chen clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, U.S.Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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.

 

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Date: July 14 - 16, 2022

The Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop focuses on a vital area of federal practice that has evolved since the Supreme Court declared the federal sentencing guidelines were advisory and no longer mandatory. Since approximately 97% of federal criminal cases continue to the sentencing phase, participation in the Sentencing Advocacy Workshop should not be missed. The Sentencing Advocacy Workshop teaches a comprehensive approach to sentencing where participants are trained to develop persuasive, fact-based, sentencing theories, and are provided with the advocacy skills necessary to advance their theories both in writing and during sentencing hearings. Presentations and demonstrations at the workshop include client relations and interviewing for mitigation, fact busting, developing persuasive theories and themes, storytelling at sentencing, persuasive writing, and persuasive presentation. The workshop consists of plenary sessions and small group breakout sessions. In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to bust the facts, develop theories and themes, practice storytelling, persuasively write part of their sentencing memorandums and discuss how best to conduct sentencing hearings. Please note that due to the workshop format of this program, participation in all of the sessions is mandatory.

Enrollment for this program is limited to 65 participants – priority will be given to those people who have not attended this workshop in the past. Limited financial assistance may be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel expenses.

Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: August 08 - 10, 2022

This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to use fact-busting and principles of storytelling and persuasion to craft fact-driven written advocacy that persuasively integrates the facts of one’s case with relevant legal principles. Participants will find that these techniques result in writing that is enjoyable to read and enhances one’s chances of winning. During the course of the program, participants will apply these principles to one of their own cases. Participants must bring to the workshop an open CJA case in which they will be filing a written work product (e.g., pre-trial or trial motion, sentencing memo involving some legal challenge, opening brief on appeal).

Registration will be limited to approximately 36 CJA panel attorneys/staff and federal defender attorneys/staff - priority will be given to those people who have not attended this workshop in the past. Limited financial assistance may be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel expenses.

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 workshop. The Conference Identifcation Number for this program is CONF220047