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    TRAIN THE TRAINERS WORKSHOP

    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO - November 12 - November 14, 2014
    Contact:
    Caryn_Pierce@ao.uscourts.gov
    REGISTER HERE (WAITLIST ONLY)
    DRAFT AGENDA
    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION
    The Train the Trainers Workshop is intended to enhance training skills and expand the pool of experienced legal professionals available to serve as faculty at Training Division events, as well as local programs for CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff. Participants will discuss and apply small group facilitation skills, as well as principles of adult learning, effective training design, and persuasive presentation techniques and methodologies, many of which are applicable to advocacy and other litigation essentials. The workshop is open to CJA Attorneys, federal defender staff (Assistant Federal Defenders, Computer Systems Administrators, Paralegals, and Investigators) and others who provide services under the CJA. Each participant must bring a laptop to the workshop. Registration is limited to a total of 40 people. Registration preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended this event. Limited financial assistance will be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel expenses.



    SENTENCING ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - January 29 - February 01, 2015
    Contact:
    Caryn_Pierce@ao.uscourts.gov
    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, 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.

    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 scheduled to open in early October 2014.

    Early registration is encouraged.