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 

Winning Strategies I and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense I Seminars (January 10-12, 2019)
Miami, FL
Registration is open for the Winning Strategies I and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense I seminars, scheduled for January 10-12, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

These free seminars are for CJA and FPD practitioners. The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense seminar is a one-day program on January 10, 2019. This is an overview for new federal CJA practitioners and will include discovery issues, plea negotiations, and sentencing guidelines issues. Fundamentals attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the remainder of the Winning Strategies program.

The Winning Strategies Seminar, January 10-12, 2019, brings together a dynamic group of faculty to address topics designed to keep counsel abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense. The program includes plenary lectures and smaller "break-out" lectures. Sessions will include developing immigration trends, recurring issues in drug and gun cases, sentencing, and ethics.

Agendas, financial assistance applications, and registration information can all be found on the training page of


Race in the Federal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice. (February 7-9, 2019)
Charlotte, NC

Registration is open for Race in the Federal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice. The seminar will be held February 7-9, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

It is designed to educate CJA counsel about the many ways race impacts the adminatration 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 charging, pleas, and sentencing. Sessions devoted to the use of experts, motions practice, and sentencing reform will be presented in both plenary and breakout sessions. A draft agenda is attached here.

A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. That application is attached here and is available on the training page of our website, You can also register on the website.