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

Train the Trainers Workshop (November 2-4, 2017)
Austin, Texas
 The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), Defender Services Office, Training Division (DSOTD) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Train the Trainers workshop. This workshop will be held November 2-4, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
The seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. It's free. The workshop will begin Thursday morning, November 2nd and end by mid-day on Saturday the 4th. 
The Train the Trainers (TTT) Workshop is designed to enhance training skills and expand the pool of experienced legal professionals available to serve as faculty at local legal education programs designed for CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff, as well as national Defender Services Office, Training Division (DSO-TD) events. 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.  Limited financial assistance may be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel expenses. A draft agenda is attached and is also available on
Please click here for the Draft Agenda and here for the Financial Assistance Form.
Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop (November 30-December 2, 2017)
Savannah, GA
Registration is open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division's Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop, which will take place Thursday, November 30, 2017 through Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Savannah, GA.  Enrollment for this program is limited to 65 participants - priority will be given to those people who have not attended this workshop in the past.  
The Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop focuses on a vital area of federal practice that has evolved since the Supreme Court declared the federal sentencing guidelines were advisory and no longer mandatory. 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.  Attached is a draft agenda and a financial assistance application, both of which are also available on the training events page of  
Please click here for the Draft Agenda.