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 I and the Federal Defender Social Work Conference (December 5-7, 2019)
Austin, TX

Registration is open for the Winning Strategies I Seminar, Mindful Advocacy: Learning, Litigating and Leading on Mental Health Issues. The program includes a stand-alone workshop, How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Defense Teams’ Responses and Interactions with Our Clients, on Saturday, December 7th. Registration for the Second Annual Federal Defender Social Worker Conference will open at the end of October.

The free programs will be held December 5-7, 2019 in Austin, Texas, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. The seminars are designed for, and attendance is limited to panel attorneys, their staff and federal defender staff. The schedule is as follows:

The Winning Strategies seminar-- December 5 through mid-day on December 7

The Trauma-Informed Care workshop-- 9:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m on December 7

The Federal Defender Social Worker Conference--December 6 to December 7 at 4:30 p.m.

  

Winning Strategies Seminar I – Mindful Advocacy: Learning, Litigating and Leading on Mental Health Issues brings together a dynamic group of attorneys, other legal professionals, and academic specialists to address a wide array of mental health topics, all designed to keep counsel and their teams abreast of the law and best practices when appointed to represent clients living through mental illness. Sessions include plenary lectures and breakout sessions. The anticipated sessions include topics on effective communication, addiction, trauma, autism, adolescent and emerging adult brain development, hiring and working with experts, competency, building strong mitigation, the insanity defense, mental health courts, and ethical consideration on attorney self-care. A half-day workshop will be dedicated to trauma-informed care (separate registration required, which will open at the end of October).

 

The Federal Defender Social Work Conference is designed for staff in federal defender offices who are engaged in social work.  A few sessions are open to attendees at the Winning Strategies Seminar.  Included in this program are brainstorming/resource-sharing discussions, as well as presentations by returning citizens and experts with lived experience in their field (separate registration required, which will open at the end of October).

A draft agenda of the Winning Strategies seminar is attached here and the financial assistance application is attached here. The Federal Defender Social Work agenda is attached here. You can register at https://www.fd.org

Trial Skills Workshop I: Advocacy Strategies & Skills to Maximize Use of Experts (January 23-25, 2020)
New Orleans, LA

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egistration is now open for Trial Skills Workshop I: Advocacy Strategies & Skills to Maximize Use of Experts, one of DSO’s newest skills trainings. This free conference will focus on the use of experts for trials and evidentiary hearings. It will take place Thursday, January 23, 2020 thru mid-day Saturday, January 25, 2020, in New Orleans. 

This is an excellent opportunity for attorneys to learn about the value of experts to (a) help them understand complex areas that impact representation of clients and (b) to develop their courtroom skills when presenting expert testimony in their cases and cross-examining government experts. Participants will learn from an experienced and highly skilled faculty in both plenary and small-group sessions. Topics will include: (1) identifying and screening experts to support the theory of the case, with practice sessions on screening, interviewing, records collection and qualifying the experts to testify, (2) using the Federal Rules of Evidence to make sure that experts are qualified and the reports and documents that further the defense theory are admitted into the record, (3) cross-examining the government’s expert witness, and (4) preparing and examining the defense witness.

Participants may bring their own case to use in small group sessions if they have identified an issue involving scientific or technical expertise in one of these three areas: (1) mental health (including substance use disorder), (2) historical cell site location information or (3) firearm toolmark evidence. There will also be a model case file for participants’ use.

A limited number of spaces are available. If you are interested in applying you may submit the application through fd.org or here: http://www.cvent.com/d/9hqpry. A draft agenda is attached here and the financial assistance application is attached here.

Applicants will be sent a link to submit supplemental information at the time of registration.  This supplemental information form must be returned no later than November 29, 2019, to be considered for the workshop.

Winning Strategies II and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense I Seminars (January 30 - February 1, 2020)
Los Angeles, CA

Registration is open for the Winning Strategies II and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense I Seminars. The Winning Strategies seminar will begin January 30, 2020 and end by mid-day on February 1, 2020. The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense seminar is a separate one-day program on January 30, 2020. Fundamentals attendees may 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 plenary lectures as well as smaller "break-out" lectures. Sessions will include developing immigration trends, recurring issues in drug and gun cases, sentencing, and ethics.

You may register here:

http://www.cvent.com/d/hhq27q (Fundamentals). A draft agenda is attached here.

http://www.cvent.com/d/yhqwl6 (Winning Strategies). A draft agenda is attached here.

Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice (February 6-8, 2020)
New Orleans, LA

Registration is also open for Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice, on February 6, 2020 through midday Saturday, February 8, 2020 in New Orleans. 

Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice is a free program designed to educate attorneys about the many ways race impacts the administration of justice in federal court and provide them with strategies to combat racial injustice in the criminal justice system. Areas to be addressed include implicit bias, jury selection and Batson challenges, and racial disparities in detention hearings, charging, pleas, and at sentencing. In addition, sessions devoted to litigating race under the Fourth Amendment, and racial disparities in assessment tools employed in the context of pretrial detention hearings and under the First Step Act, will be presented. The draft agenda is attached here.

You may register here: : http://www.cvent.com/d/lhqz7w/4W