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    ANDREA TAYLOR SENTENCING ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

    TOLEDO, OHIO - June 11 - June 13, 2015
    Contact:
    Caryn_Pierce@ao.uscourts.gov
    REGISTER HERE (WAITLIST ONLY)
    DRAFT AGENDA
    The Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop teaches a comprehensive approach to sentencing in which 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 60 CJA panel attorneys and federal defender attorneys who have not participated in this workshop in the past.


    PERSUASIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

    WASHINGTON, DC - August 03 - August 05, 2015
    Contact:
    Jenna_Shepard@ao.uscourts.gov
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    This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to use brainstorming 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 open shortly, and 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).