DSO Training Events

Digital Evidence Made Easy (Mobile Devices)

Location: Washington, DC

Date: September 22, 2020

Mobile devices are so common that they are involved in the vast majority of criminal cases. This webinar will provide basic information on gathering, understanding and applying digital evidence from mobile devices. The proper steps to obtain digital evidence will help you verify the government's processes. You will learn the options available to the government for providing digital evidence discovery and you will learn how to read and use the provided mobile forensic report's data in the defense of your client.


Troy Schnack, Computer System Administrator, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

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 for Training Division webinars. 

Identifying Clients Living with Mental Illness

Date: September 10, 2020

Identifying clients living with mental illness at the early stages of the case impacts every other aspect of our advocacy on behalf of those clients.  Defense team investigators and paralegals, by virtue of their contact with clients soon after cases are assigned, play a critical role in early identification of the signs of mental illness.  This webinar will focus on recognizing signs of mental illness and learning to communicate with empathy and respect. 


Dr. Sarah Vinson is a physician who specializes in adult, child, adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. She is the founder of the Lorio Psych Group in Atlanta, Georgia.

Start time is 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time).

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

Virtual Program - Trial Skills Workshop III - Crimes Decoded: Emerging Digital Technology Litigation Strategies

Location: Virtual Program with Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Date: September 18 - 24, 2020

Trial Skills Workshop III focuses on Litigation Strategies for Emerging Digital Technology’s impact on Criminal Cases. This virtual iteration in our Trial Skills Workshop series explores the intersection of digital technology and criminal investigations. We aim to increase understanding and inspire CJA lawyers and Federal Public Defenders to think innovatively about how to litigate issues surrounding the digital technology that increasingly permeates our cases. We want to build lawyers’ confidence to use traditional advocacy skills with a new understanding of the vulnerability of the technology on which the government relies. Although criminal investigations are changing by using artificial intelligence-based decision making, the same skills and questions we have always utilized in criminal defense work can be adapted to emerging digital technology today.  This workshop will “decode” the technology and increase your advocacy skills. 

The program is a skills-based workshop. The expectation is that participants spend much of the workshop on their feet practicing their advocacy skills. Participants are divided into small groups that will meet via video to practice the skills necessary to effectively exclude, explain, and/or persuade a Judge or Jury about the technology utilized.  Lectures and demonstrations of these skills supplement and inform the small group workshops.

Participants may bring their own case to this workshop if it meets certain criteria. Once accepted into the program, participants will receive the criteria and either submit one's own case or use the model case.

Attendance will be capped at 70 participants, and each participant must apply to be accepted to the program.  Completed applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Participants must commit to attending four small group sessions that will be held from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT from Monday, September 21 - Thursday, September 24, 2020. The remainder of the program will be asynchronous.

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: 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. 


Dr. Charles Reznikoff is an Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine specialist who treats opioid use disorder in Minneapolis and Rice County, a rural Minnesota community. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Start time is 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time).

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