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COMBINED FDO & PANEL ATTORNEY PROGRAMS

    PERSUASIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

    WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - August 03 - August 05, 2015
    Contact:
    Jenna_Grogan@ao.uscourts.gov
    REGISTRATION CLOSED
    FINAL AGENDA

    This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to use fact-busting and principles of storytelling and persuasion to craft fact-driven written advocacy that persuasively integrates the facts of one's case with relevant legal principles.  Participants will find that these techniques result in writing that is enjoyable to read and enhances one's chances of winning.  During the course of the program, participants will apply these principles to one of their own cases.

    Registration will be limited to approximately 36 CJA panel attorneys and federal defender attorneys. Participants must bring to the workshop an open CJA case in which they will be filing a written work product (e.g., pre-trial or trial motion, sentencing memo, opening brief on appeal).   


    RACE IN THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL COURT: STRATEGIES IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE

    WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - August 06 - August 08, 2015
    Contact:
    Jenna_Grogan@ao.uscourts.gov

    REGISTER HERE
    DRAFT AGENDA

    Race in the Federal Criminal Court:  Strategies in Pursuit of Justice is designed to educate federal CJA panel attorneys about the many ways race impacts the administration 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.  In addition, sessions devoted to the use of experts, motions practice and targeting of minorities by police will be presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.  


    LAW & TECHNOLOGY SERIES: TECHNIQUES IN ELECTRONIC CASE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - September 24 - September 26, 2015
    Contact:
    Caryn_Pierce@ao.uscourts.gov
    REGISTER HERE (WAITLIST ONLY)​
    DRAFT AGENDA

    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 Department of Justice, Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys 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.) This is a position that the ABA has adopted. See, Commentary to Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1.

    The Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop exposes CJA panel attorneys and FDO staff 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 at this program, all attendees are require to provide their own laptop computer and are strongly encouraged to bring discovery from their own case/hearing (small or large).  Interested participants are required to fill out/return a short skill set rubric (SSR) before their registration may be 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 to attend, you must bring a laptop running Windows, or a Mac laptop running a virtualized copy of Windows.