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


2017 Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar (August 24-26, 2017)

Philadelphia, PA

Registration is open for the 2017 Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar, on August 24-26, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.  The free seminar is for CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff.

This seminar consists of related sessions, or tracks, which are grouped together allowing attorneys to select areas of practice, which will best meet their training needs.  There are tracks designed for attorneys at all levels of experience and the design of the program allows attorneys to attend sessions from different tracks. The program also includes substantive plenary lectures. The five tracks are: (1) Immigration; (2) Motion Practice & Trial Skills; (3) Forensics; (4) Mitigation & Mental Health; and (5) Sentencing Strategies & Practices.

Enrollment is limited to approximately 250 attendees and selection will be on a first come first serve basis.  You can register by clicking on the following link or cutting and pasting the url into your browser: A financial assistance application and a draft agenda are available on


Law and Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop (September 7-9, 2017)
Coral Gables, FL

Registration is open for the 2017 Law and Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop that will take place September 7-9, 2017 in Miami (Coral Gables), Florida. This free hands-on workshop is designed for, and attendance is limited to, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys, and federal defender staff. A limited amount of financial assistance may be available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs.

All attendees are required to provide their own laptop computer and their own case materials (hearing/trial, small/large).  All applicants will 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.

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. 

Interested persons can also register by clicking on this url ( or pasting it into your browser.  A financial assistance application and a draft agenda are available on


Tenth Circuit Criminal Criminal Justice Act Appellate Advocacy Conference (September 28-29, 2017)
Denver, Co

The Federal Public Defenders for the districts within the Tenth Circuit are proud to offer the 10th Circuit Appellate Advocacy Conference during the September Session of Court.  Please plan to join us September 28 & 29, 2017 for a day and a half of interaction with the Court and advocacy training taught by the circuit's top defenders. Go to to register. Space is limited to the first 60 participants.
Highlights include:

*  A conversation with the court led by Chief Judge Tymkovich.

*  Insiders' view of the Court from the Clerk of the Court and Senior Staff Attorney.
*  An historical tour of the Byron White United States Courthouse with Judge Baldock.
*  A brief writing clinic personalized to participants needs (attendees, please bring 2 copies of a Statement of Facts and Summary of the Argument from a brief authored by you to participate in this clinic).
*  Tips on moving successfully from the trial court to the appellate court, writing better opening briefs and delivering stronger oral arguments.
*  Update of 10th Circuit caselaw.
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is hosting a reception for participants on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Lunch on Friday is included during the clinic.  
The flyer for the event with all the details, a full schedule and additional information is available on the website. If you have questions, please email
This training is intended for attorneys who practice under the Criminal Justice Act and there is no charge for this training.  Please plan to attend and book your hotel in downtown Denver soon to ensure your accommodations are made and your calendar is set.

We look forward to an exciting two days of training and an opportunity to have all of the Federal Defenders and the appellate warriors from across the circuit here with us in Denver.