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 

Trial Skills Workshop II - Crimes Decoded: Emerging Digital Technology Litigation Strategies (September 5-7, 2019)
Oakland, CA

Registration is now open for Trial Skills Workshop II (TSW II), Crimes Decoded:  Emerging Digital Technology Litigation Strategies.This is our newest skills training. This second iteration of TSW II will explore the intersection between digital technology and zealous advocacy in criminal cases. We aim to increase understanding and inspire CJA lawyers and Federal Public Defenders to think innovatively about how to litigate issues surrounding the digital technology that increasingly permeates their cases. TSW II consists of plenary presentations and small-group sessions designed to build skills by getting participants on their feet and practicing. During the small-group sessions, we will pair technologists and other digital technology subject matter experts with experienced trial lawyers and DSO/TD faculty members. TSW II will take place Thursday, September 5, 2019 thru midday Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the Oakland Marriott City Center. This free seminar is for panel attorneys and federal defender staff. A limited amount of financial assistance is available for qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. 

You may apply at or here: draft agenda is attached here and a financial assistance application is attached here. 

The Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop (September 12-14, 2019)
Cincinnati, Ohio

Registration is now open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division’s The Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, which will take place Thursday, September 12, 2019 through Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff.

The workshop will focus on sentencing advocacy, teaching a comprehensive approach to sentencing. Participants will be trained to develop persuasive, fact based, sentencing theories, and will be 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 is attached here and a financial assistance application is attached here. Register here

Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop (September 19-21, 2019)
Charleston, SC

Registration is open for the Law and Technology Series:  Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop (TECM).  The workshop will be held September 19-21, 2019 at the Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District in Charleston, SC.

This free, hands-on workshop is for panel attorneys, their staff, and federal defender staff.  The workshop will begin Thursday morning, September 19th, and end by mid-day on Saturday, September 21st.

Managing, reviewing, and analyzing electronic discovery or voluminous discovery is a critical skill for criminal defense attorneys.  The first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol reflects this trend in the law:  “[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery.”  Office of the U.S. Courts Joint Working Grp. on Elec. Tech. in the Criminal Justice Sys., Recommendations for Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Discovery Production in Federal Criminal Cases Recommendations 2 (2012).  The ABA has adopted this position. See Commentary to Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1.

The workshop exposes participants to legal, strategic, and technological considerations involved with electronic and/or voluminous discovery. In addition to 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.

To best participate at this program, all attendees are required to provide their own laptop computer and strongly encouraged to bring their own case materials (hearing/trial, small/large).  All applicants are required to fill-out and submit a short skill set survey within one week of registering for the workshop.  NOTE:  The litigation support software programs used in this workshop are designed to work 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.

A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. A draft agenda is attached here and a financial assistance application is attached here. You can register at or here: