There are some great free national seminars and webinars available for CJA counsel. Below is a summary of a few of them, with links to details and registration. They are free, excellent quality, and the seminars are a great way to connect with criminal defense attorneys from across the country. If you attend a national seminar and would be willing to share the highlights, please let Melanie Morgan know and she will get you scheduled to present at a FEDTalk. You can also find a full list of available seminars at www.fd.org.
Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop (November 14-16, 2019)
Registration is open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division’s Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, which will take place Thursday, November 14, 2019 through Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Houston. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff. Enrollment is limited to 65 participants – priority will be given to those people who have not attended this workshop in the past. Early registration is encouraged.
The 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 in writing and during sentencing hearings. Presentations and demonstrations at the workshop include client relations and interviewing for mitigation, brainstorming the facts of the case, 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 brainstorm facts, develop theories and themes, practice storytelling, persuasively write part of their sentencing memorandums and discuss how best to conduct sentencing hearings.