SENTENCING ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
The 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. Since approximately 97% of federal criminal cases continue to the sentencing phase, participation in the Sentencing Advocacy Workshop should not be missed. The Sentencing Advocacy Workshop teaches a comprehensive approach to sentencing where participants are trained to develop persuasive, fact-based, sentencing theories, and 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, fact busting, 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 bust the facts, develop theories and themes, practice storytelling, persuasively write part of their sentencing memorandums and discuss how best to conduct sentencing hearings.
Enrollment for this program is limited to 65 federal defenders and federal panel attorneys who have not participated in this workshop in the past.
Registration is now closed. A second Sentencing Advocacy Workshop will be held at a different location in June. Please check fd.org for updates.
2015 LAW & TECHNOLOGY SERIES: TECHNIQUES IN ELECTRONIC CASE MANAGEMENT (TECM) WORKSHOP
In the digital era, knowledge about managing, reviewing and analyzing electronic discovery or voluminous discovery is a critical skill for criminal defense attorneys. In fact, the first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol developed by representatives of the Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys, Department of Justice, and the Defender Services Office reflects this trend in the law: “[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery.” (See, ESI Protocol
The Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop exposes FDO and CJA panel attorneys to the legal, strategic and technological considerations involved with electronic and/or voluminous discovery. This two-and-a-half-day program uses a combination of plenary presentations and small group, hands-on instruction. Besides gaining an understanding of the legal, practical, and technological considerations in these types of federal criminal cases, participants will learn basic and advanced features of three litigation support software programs (Adobe Acrobat Pro, dtSearch, and CaseMap/TimeMap suite). Attendees will better understand how legal litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful work-flow processes with co-counsel, staff and potential vendors. They will also improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare a defense.
To best participate in this program, all participants are required to provide their own laptop computer. Interested participants are required to complete a short skill set survey before their registration request is completed. NOTE: The litigation support software programs used in this workshop are designed to work on Windows operating systems (as opposed to Mac). If accepted, you must bring a laptop running Windows, or a Mac laptop running a virtualized copy of Windows.
FEDERAL PARALEGAL AND INVESTIGATOR SEMINAR/NDIA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
This three-day program is a joint project between the Training Division and the National Defender Investigator Association (NDIA). The first day will consist exclusively of federal criminal defense topics - "Federal Day." NDIA's two-day National Conference will immediately follow Federal Day. In each time slot, the NDIA National Conference will include topics relevant to paralegals and investigators who specialize in indigent criminal defense on the federal level.
Throughout the three days, during plenary and concurrent breakout sessions, the program will cover a wide range of subjects, such as sentencing mitigation, mental health issues, writing, cellular telephone forensics and cell site information, online investigation, BOP issues, investigation in child pornography cases, awareness of cultural differences, handling fraud and financial cases, and much more. In addition, an eight-hour hands-on session on mobile forensics will be available to 32 eligible participants. An agenda will be posted here shortly. A link to online registration for federal public and community defender employees will also be posted here shortly. Anyone who is not employed by a federal public or community defender office should visit ndia.net for registration information.
TRIAL SKILLS ACADEMY
The skills-based Academy has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout the trial. The program is conducted by very experienced and skilled faculty as a series of plenary sessions and workshops. The elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries and participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.