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 

Train the Trainers (TTT) Workshop. (October 18-20, 2018)
Baltimore, MD

Registration is now open for the Train the Trainers (TTT) Workshop. This workshop will be held October 18-20, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The free workshop is for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. It is designed to enhance training skills and expand the pool of experienced legal professionals available to serve as faculty at local legal education programs. Participants will learn, discuss, and apply principles of adult learning, effective training design, small group facilitation skills, and persuasive presentation techniques and methodologies. All participants must bring a laptop loaded with presentation software to the workshop. Prior to the beginning of the program, each participant is required to provide an outline of a presentation.  Registration is limited to a total of 40 people.

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 also available at, where interested people can also register.

The draft agenda is attached here and the financial assistance application is here.

Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop (November 15-17, 2018)
Los Angeles, CA
Registration is now open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division's Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, which will take place Thursday, November 15, 2018 through Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
The Sentencing Advocacy Workshop teaches a comprehensive approach to sentencing where participants are trained to develop persuasive, fact based, sentencing theories, and they are provided with the advocacy skills necessary to advance their theories both 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.
Limited financial assistance may be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel related expenses. A draft agenda and a financial assistance application are attached and are available on the training events page of where you can also register.
Winning Strategies: Drugs, Guns, and Violent Crimes (December 6-8, 2018)
San Diego, CA
This free program is open to all CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff. It will address developments in the federal criminal defense of drugs, guns, and violent crimes. Sessions will include plenary lectures and breakout groups that meet the needs of advanced practitioners, less experienced attorneys, and non-attorney legal professionals. The anticipated sessions will include topics on federal conspiracy law; defending drug overdose homicides; forensic challenges to firearm tool mark evidence; mandatory sentencing enhancements; understanding DNA; electronic curveillance; and ethical implications of social media investigations.
Limited financial assistance may be available to CJA panel attorneys for travel-related expenses. A completed financial assistance application is due by October 22, 2018. A financial assitance application, the agenda, and registration are available at or 
Winning Strategies I and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense I Seminars (January 10-12, 2019)
Miami, FL
Registration is open for the Winning Strategies I and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense I seminars, scheduled for January 10-12, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

These free seminars are for CJA and FPD practitioners. The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense seminar is a one-day program on January 10, 2019. This is an overview for new federal CJA practitioners and will include discovery issues, plea negotiations, and sentencing guidelines issues. Fundamentals attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the remainder of the Winning Strategies program.

The Winning Strategies Seminar, January 10-12, 2019, brings together a dynamic group of faculty to address topics designed to keep counsel abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense. The program includes plenary lectures and smaller "break-out" lectures. Sessions will include developing immigration trends, recurring issues in drug and gun cases, sentencing, and ethics.

Agendas, financial assistance applications, and registration information can all be found on the training page of