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

Law and Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop (January 18-20, 2018)
San Antonio, TX
Registration is open for the Law and Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop that will take place January 18-20, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. This hands-on workshop is for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys and federal defender staff. This free training program will begin Thursday morning, January 18th and end by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th.  A limited amount of financial assistance may be available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs.    
In the digital era, knowledge about managing, reviewing and analyzing electronic discovery or voluminous discovery is a critical skill for criminal defense attorneys.  In fact, the first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol developed by representatives of the Department of Justice, Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys and the Defender Services Office reflects this trend in the law: “[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery.”  (See, ESI Protocol)  This is a position that the ABA has adopted. See, Commentary to Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1. 
This workshop exposes CJA panel attorneys and FDO staff to the legal, strategic, and technological considerations involved 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 considerations 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).  Attendees will better understand how legal litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful workflow processes with co-counsel, staff, and potential vendors. They will also improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare a defense.
Interested persons can register at

Click here for the Draft Agenda and here for the Financial Assistance and Policy Application.

Winning Strategies and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminars (January 25-27, 2018)
New Orleans, LA

Registration is open for the Winning Strategies and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminars that will be held January 25-27, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The free seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. The Winning Strategies seminar will begin Thursday morning, January 25th and end by mid-day on Saturday the 27th. The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense seminar will begin Thursday morning, January 25th and end early afternoon on Friday the 26th.  Fundamentals attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the remainder of the Winning Strategies program.

The Fundamentals program 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, sentencing guidelines issues, and more. 

The Winning Strategies Seminar 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, covering topics that meet the needs of the advanced practitioner and the less experienced attorney alike. 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 here.

Materials for these programs will be available on Registration can also be done through the website. And we encourage all CJA practitioners to visit the website for the latest news and legal developments that impact our clients and to find helpful program materials from past seminars.