Registration is open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division's Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice, which will take place Thursday, April 19, 2018 through Saturday, April 21, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys, federal defender staff, both attorneys and non-attorneys, and investigators and paralegals who work with CJA panel attorneys.
Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice is designed to educate about the many ways race impacts the administration of justice in federal court and provide 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 charging, pleas, and sentencing. In addition, sessions devoted to the use of experts, motions practice, and sentencing reform will be presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.
National Federal Training for Paralegals and Investigators (May 8 - 10, 2018)
Minneapolis (Bloomington), MN
The training division of Defender Services is offering a free two-and-a-half-day program covering a wide range of criminal defense topics targeted toward investigators and paralegals at the federal level. It will also include an interpreter track, with topics of interest to those who perform interpreter duties in their offices, as well as paralegals and investigators who work with interpreters. Topics might be of interest to mitigation specialists and social workers as well. The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th through Thursday, May 10th, 2018 in Minneapolis (Bloomington), MN. A draft agenda
is attached; updated drafts will be available on www.fd.org
Registration link: http://www.cvent.com/d/3tqg6m/4W. Hotel information will be provided in the confirmation letter.
Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation Skills Workshop (May 17 - 19, 2018)
Registration is open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division's - Non-Capital Sentencing Mitigation Skills Workshop, which will take place Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Denver, CO. This program is open to federal defender staff and non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals who provide this work under the CJA.
Using a storytelling approach, this workshop presents a hands-on method on the development of non-capital mitigation and its integration into persuasive sentencing advocacy. Through plenary and small group sessions, participants will further their understanding on non-capital mitigation evidence and the skills necessary to effectively interview for mitigation; investigate, collect and analyze records; and write reports and/or sentencing memorandum to present at sentencing. In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to practice interviewing, storytelling, and persuasive writing. Because of the workshop format of this program, participation in all of the sessions is mandatory.
Attached is a draft agenda and a financial assistance application, both of which are also available on the training page of www.fd.org. Interested persons can register through fd.org, or by clicking on this CVent link or pasting into your browser: http://www.cvent.com/d/1tqb0x
Click here for the Draft Agenda and here for the Financial Assistance and Policy Application.