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 www.fd.org. 

 
Winning Strategies II and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense II Seminars (June 7-9, 2018)
Atlanta, GA
 
These free seminars are for CJA practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. The Fundamentals program, which takes place June 7-8, 2018, is designed as an overview for new federal CJA practitioners. This program addresses topics which are essential to defending clients in federal criminal cases, including discovery issues, plea negotiations, and sentencing guidelines issues. A draft agenda is attached and available here.
 
The Winning Strategies Seminar, which is June 7-9, 2018, brings together a dynamic group of faculty who address a wide variety of topics specifically designed to keep panel attorneys and federal defender staff abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense. The program includes both large plenary lectures as well as smaller "break-out" lectures. Sessions will include such subjects as developing immigration trends, recurring issues in drug and gun cases, Supreme Court update, jury bias, sentencing, ethics and more. A draft agenda is attached and available here. The Financial Assistance Application is available here. You can register through www.fd.org or here: (1) http://www.cvent.com/d/dgq8d9 (Fundamentals); (2) http://www.cvent.com/d/tgqm7m (Winning Strategies).
 
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for these programs will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.
 
2018 Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy (TSA) (July 15-20, 2018)
Indianapolis, IN

Registration is open for the 2018 Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy (TSA). It will take place July 15-20, 2018, at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
This free program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate 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 plenary sessions. Participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops. 
 
TSA is for both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. Participants are expected to stay for the entire program.  
 
A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. The financial assistance application is attached and available on the training page of our web site, www.fd.org, where interested people can also register. You can also register by clicking on this CVent link or pasting into your browser: http://www.cvent.com/d/vgqlwqA draft agenda is attached and available here. The Financial Assistance Application is available here.
 
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions. 
 
Winning Strategies Regional: Defending Immigration and Drug Cases on the Border (WSR) (August 2-4, 2018)
San Antonio, TX

Registration is also open for Winning Strategies Regional: Defending Immigration and Drug Cases on the Border (WSR), which will take place Thursday, August 2, 2018 through Saturday, August 4, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff.
 
This program brings together a dynamic group of attorneys, other legal professionals, and clinical law professors to speak on a wide variety of topics, all designed to keep CJA practitioners abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense of immigration and drug cases. This seminar builds upon the 2017 Strategies for Defending Noncitizens webinar series which addressed a range of topics from immigration basics to illegal reentry motions and is available on www.fd.org. This seminar is also open to immigration practitioners, who occasionally represent clients in federal criminal court. Subject areas to be addressed include presentations on visas for cooperating clients, derivative citizenship, drug chemistry for the defense, extradition, the intersection of racial profiling in the war on drugs and the immigration removal process, variances in drug cases and many more topics, in both plenary and concurrent sessions.
 
Limited financial assistance is available to CJA panel attorneys for travel related expenses. Attached is a draft agenda and a financial assistance application, both of which are also available on the training events page of http://www.fd.org . Interested persons can register through fd.org, or at http://www.cvent.com/d/xgq0tk