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 

2018 Non-Capital Habeas Conference (September 27-28, 2018)
New Orleans, LA
Registration is open for the 2018 Non-Capital Habeas Conference which will take place September 27-28, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
The Non-Capital Habeas Conference will cover a broad spectrum of issues specific to habeas corpus litigation. Plenary sessions will feature  national speakers and seasoned non-capital habeas attorneys; breakout sessions include an advanced or beginner option. Sessions will include investigating and pleading claims, habeas case updates from the circuits, and an ethics session about how to handle ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Anticipated beginner track topics include introductions to timeliness, claim exhaustion, and procedural default. Anticipated advanced track topics include the interplay between 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d)(2) and (e)(1) and a real-case brainstorm session. There will be a keynote address by The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, about the interplay between the state and federal courts. A draft agenda is attached to this email.  
This free program is for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff (attorney and non-attorney).  Non-Capital Habeas will begin Thursday, September 27 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1 p.m. (with an optional session from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Friday). Participants are expected to stay for the entire program.  
Interested persons can register at or at
The draft agenda is attached here. 
Train the Trainers (TTT) Workshop. (October 18-20, 2018)
Baltimore, MD

Registration is now open for the Train the Trainers (TTT) Workshop. This workshop will be held October 18-20, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The free workshop is for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. It is designed to enhance training skills and expand the pool of experienced legal professionals available to serve as faculty at local legal education programs. Participants will learn, discuss, and apply principles of adult learning, effective training design, small group facilitation skills, and persuasive presentation techniques and methodologies. All participants must bring a laptop loaded with presentation software to the workshop. Prior to the beginning of the program, each participant is required to provide an outline of a presentation.  Registration is limited to a total of 40 people.

A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. The financial assistance application is attached and also available at, where interested people can also register.

The draft agenda is attached here and the financial assistance application is here.

Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop (November 15-17, 2018)
Los Angeles, CA
Registration is now open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division's Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, which will take place Thursday, November 15, 2018 through Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
The Sentencing Advocacy Workshop teaches a comprehensive approach to sentencing where participants are trained to develop persuasive, fact based, sentencing theories, and they are 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 and a financial assistance application are attached and are available on the training events page of where you can also register.