DSO Training Events

National Litigation Support Team (NLST) Webinar: Managing and Reviewing Electronic Discovery (Live Repeat)

Date: May 16, 2019

The National Litigation Support Team is a resource for both CJA Panel Attorneys and Federal Defender Offices across the country. This webinar will address common problems CJA Panel Attorneys are facing with managing and reviewing electronic discovery and the strategies Panel Attorneys are using to solve them. In addition to discussing litigation support technology, this session will describe the resources available to Panel Attorneys to help alleviate the daunting feeling one can get when they are told that gigabytes of information will soon arrive. Whether the challenge involves volume, format or the need to collaborate with others, the information in this webinar will assist Panel Attorneys in determining strategies and solutions for their next case.

National Litigation Support Team (NLST) Webinar: Managing and Reviewing Electronic Discovery

Date: May 14, 2019

The National Litigation Support Team is a resource for both CJA Panel Attorneys and Federal Defender Offices across the country. This webinar will address common problems CJA Panel Attorneys are facing with managing and reviewing electronic discovery and the strategies Panel Attorneys are using to solve them. In addition to discussing litigation support technology, this session will describe the resources available to Panel Attorneys to help alleviate the daunting feeling one can get when they are told that gigabytes of information will soon arrive. Whether the challenge involves volume, format or the need to collaborate with others, the information in this webinar will assist Panel Attorneys in determining strategies and solutions for their next case.

Paralegal and Investigator Skills Workshop: A Team Approach to Criminal Defense

Date: June 27 - 29, 2019

The Paralegal and Investigator Skills Workshop is a hands-on program providing intensive training in several skills (e.g., interviewing, case management/organization, locating records and witnesses, analyzing documents) that are essential to the daily work of paralegals and investigators. Both federal defender staff and paralegals and investigators who work CJA panel attorneys are encouraged to attend. The program is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn by doing, using a combination of plenary sessions and interactive small group breakouts. In the small groups, participants practice the skills introduced in the plenary sessions, using the facts of a model case.

Since the workshop emphasizes essential skills, it is particularly valuable to new investigators and paralegals.  Those with more experience will find it to be a useful refresher and an opportunity to share their knowledge with others. Please note that, due to the workshop format of this program, participants will be required to attend all sessions. To attend this workshop, participants must (1) be employees with paralegal and/or investigator duties in a federal defender office, or regularly perform such duties in conjunction with federal CJA panel attorney appointments and (2) have not attended this workshop in the past. Enrollment for this program is limited to 90 participants.

Persuasive Writing Workshop

Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: August 12 - 14, 2019

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. Through plenary and small group sessions, 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 workshop, participants will apply these principles to one of their own cases. Registration will be limited to 36 CJA panel attorneys and federal defender attorneys – priority will be given to those people who have not attended this workshop in the past. 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). Please note that due to the workshop format of this program, participation in all of the sessions is mandatory.

FEDERAL CJA TRIAL SKILLS ACADEMY

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: July 21 - 26, 2019

The skills-based Academy has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate the development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout the trial. A very experienced and skilled faculty leads this program through a series of plenary sessions and workshops. Elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries.

Participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops. Participation is limited to 66 attendees, with a majority of participants accepted being CJA panel attorneys.

Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation Skills Workshop

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date: July 11 - 13, 2019

Using a storytelling approach, this workshop presents a hands-on method on the development of non-capital mitigation and its integration into persuasive sentencing advocacy. Through plenary and small group sessions, participants will further their understanding on non-capital mitigation evidence and the skills necessary to effectively interview for mitigation; investigate, collect and analyze records; and write reports and/or sentencing memorandum to present mitigation at sentencing. In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to practice interviewing, storytelling, and persuasive writing. This workshop is specifically designed for non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals who provide this work under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). 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 45 federal defender staff and non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals who provide this work under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). 

Early registration is encouraged.

Winning Strategies Seminar II

Location: Baltimore, MD
Date: June 06 - 08, 2019

The Winning Strategies Seminar brings together a dynamic group of attorneys and other legal professionals to speak on a wide variety of topics, all specifically designed to keep CJA practitioners abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense.  Sessions include both large plenary lectures as well as smaller breakout sessions that meet the specific needs of the advanced practitioner and the less experienced attorney alike. The anticipated sessions will include such topics as defending drug, conspiracy and immigration cases, implicit bias, sentencing issues, BOP issues, discovery management, ethics, and more. For those new to federal criminal defense practice, the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Case will occur concurrently on June 6, 2019.  Please register separately for the Fundamentals program.

Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminar II

Location: Baltimore, MD
Date: June 06, 2019

This program is designed for those new to federal criminal defense practice and addresses topics such as discovery and motion practice, pleas and proffers, the Bail Reform Act, and the basics of the sentencing guidelines. Limited financial assistance may be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel purposes.

NATIONAL SEMINAR FOR FEDERAL DEFENDERS

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: May 29 - 31, 2019

The National Seminar for Federal Defenders is designed for federal defenders and assistant federal defenders who have been practicing criminal law for a minimum of three years.  It includes a mix of topics on substantive federal criminal law, trial tactics, appellate practice, evidence, ethics, and sentencing issues, and more.  The topics are presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.

For more information regarding this program, including registration information, please contact Chuck Arberg at the Federal Judicial Center at (202) 502-4050 or e-mail him at carberg@fjc.gov.  The agenda and materials will be posted on the Federal Judicial Center's intranet page.

FEDERAL DEFENDER INVESTIGATOR AND PARALEGAL SEMINAR

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Date: May 07 - 09, 2019

This two-and-a-half-day program will cover a wide range of criminal defense topics specifically targeted toward investigators and paralegals, who work at the federal level.  A mix of plenary and concurrent breakout sessions will include presentations on areas such as sentencing mitigation, mental health, document management and analysis, online investigation, BOP issues, and offense-specific tips for building a defense in a variety of federal cases.  Topics might be of interest to mitigation specialists and social workers as well.  In addition, the seminar will include an interpreter track, with topics of interest to those who perform interpreter duties in their offices, as well as paralegals and investigators who work with interpreters.