National Webinars and Seminars

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 

Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop (March 5-7, 2020)
Philadelphia, PA

Registration is open for the Law and Technology Series:  Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop that will be on March 5-7, 2020 in Philadelphia.

This free hands-on workshop is for panel attorneys, panel staff, and FDO attorneys and staff. All attendees must provide their own laptop computer and are strongly encouraged to bring their own case materials (hearing/trial, small/large).  All applicants must also complete and submit a short skill set survey within one week of seeking to register for the workshop. NOTE:  The litigation support software programs used in this workshop are designed to function on Windows operating systems (as opposed to Mac). If accepted, you must bring a laptop running Windows, or a Mac laptop running a virtualized copy of Windows.

Knowledge about managing, reviewing, and analyzing electronic discovery or voluminous discovery is a critical skill for criminal defense attorneys. The Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop exposes CJA panel attorneys and FDO staff to the legal, strategic, and technological considerations involved in cases with electronic and/or voluminous discovery. This 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). 

You can register at A draft agenda is attached here.

Trial Skills Workshop II - Advocacy Strategies & Skills to Maximize Use of Experts (April 9-11, 2020)
San Diego, CA

Registration is open for Trial Skills Workshop II: Advocacy Strategies & Skills To Maximize Use Of Experts, which will take place Thursday, April 9, 2020 through Saturday, April 11, 2020 in San Diego, California. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys/staff and federal defender attorneys/staff. Limited financial assistance is available to non-federal defender registrants for travel related expenses.

Register through or at Please see the announcement for more information. The draft agenda is here and the financial assitance application is here.