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 www.fd.org. 

Winning Strategies Regional: Defending Immigration and Drug Cases on the Border (WSR) (August 2-4, 2018)
San Antonio, TX

Registration is also open for Winning Strategies Regional: Defending Immigration and Drug Cases on the Border (WSR), which will take place Thursday, August 2, 2018 through Saturday, August 4, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. This free program is open to CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff.
 
This program brings together a dynamic group of attorneys, other legal professionals, and clinical law professors to speak on a wide variety of topics, all designed to keep CJA practitioners abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense of immigration and drug cases. This seminar builds upon the 2017 Strategies for Defending Noncitizens webinar series which addressed a range of topics from immigration basics to illegal reentry motions and is available on www.fd.org. This seminar is also open to immigration practitioners, who occasionally represent clients in federal criminal court. Subject areas to be addressed include presentations on visas for cooperating clients, derivative citizenship, drug chemistry for the defense, extradition, the intersection of racial profiling in the war on drugs and the immigration removal process, variances in drug cases and many more topics, in both plenary and concurrent sessions.
 
Limited financial assistance is available to CJA panel attorneys 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 http://www.fd.org . Interested persons can register through fd.org, or at http://www.cvent.com/d/xgq0tk
 
2018 Law & Technology Series: Electronic Courtroom Presentation (August 2-4, 2018)
Long Beach, CA
 
Registration is open for the 2018 Law & Technology Series: Electronic Courtroom Presentation. It will take place August 2-4, 2018, in Long Beach, California.
 
This free workshop exposes CJA panel and federal public defender attorneys and professional staff to the legal, strategic, and technological considerations involved with electronically presenting information in the federal courtroom during trial and hearings. It uses a combination of plenary presentations and small group, hands-on instruction. In the smaller breakout groups, attendees will practice direct and cross-examination, opening statements, and closing arguments, using Trial Director and PowerPoint software which are well suited for electronically presenting information in the courtroom.
 
All attendees are required to provide their own laptop computer and strongly encouraged to bring their own case materials (hearing/trial, small/large). All applicants are required to submit a short skill set survey before their registration request is completed. 
 
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 available on the training page of our web site, www.fd.org, where interested people can also register. You can also register by clicking on the following link or cutting and pasting the url into your browser: http://www.cvent.com/d/mgq2h9/4W
 
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.
 
A draft agenda is attached here. The Financial Assistance Application is available here.
 
Persuasive Writing Workshop (August 13-15, 2018)
Los Angeles, CA
 
Registration is open for the Defender Services' Persuasive Writing Workshop, which will take place August 13-15, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.    
 
This free program is a skills-based workshop during which participants work on one of their own cases, and learn how to use fact-busting and principles of storytelling and persuasion to integrate the facts of a case in a persuasive manner with relevant legal principles, both in appeals and at trial. This program is open to CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff. Enrollment for this program is limited to 36 participants – priority will be given to those people who not attended this workshop in the past. 
 
Limited financial assistance may be available to qualifying CJA panel attorney 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 www.fd.org. Interested persons can register through fd.org, or the following URL. Once in the registration system, the “Register Now” link will be to the lower right of the program description:
 
 
For logistical information contact Karen_Holsendorff@ao.uscourts.gov; for questions about the content of this workshop, contact Craig Crawford at Craig_Crawford@ao.uscourts.gov
 
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.
 
The Draft Agenda is attached here. The Financial Affidavit is here.
 
2018 Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar (August 16-18, 2018)
Los Angeles, CA
 
Registration is open for the 2018 Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar which will be held August 16-18, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.
 
This free seminar is for panel attorneys and federal defender staff. It offers in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive areas of federal criminal defense practice. The program consists of related sessions which are grouped together allowing attorneys to select areas of practice which will best meet their training needs. The program also includes plenary lectures which cover more general areas of federal criminal practice. The five tracks are: (1) The Fourth Amendment/Search and Seizure; (2) Guns and Drugs; (3) Forensics; (4) Digital Evidence; and (5) Sentencing Strategies & Practices. 
 
A limited amount of financial assistance that may cover a portion of the travel costs is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys. A Financial Assistance Application is attached.
 
You can register by clicking on the following link: http://www.cvent.com/d/vgqx1v
 
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.
 
The Draft Agenda is attached here.  The Financial Affidavit is attached here.
 
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 www.fd.org or at http://www.cvent.com/d/tgqc6m
 
The draft agenda is attached here.