The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminar is a program specifically designed with the new federal practitioner in mind. If you are new to the world of federal criminal defense, this program will introduce you to subjects essential for effective representation of clients in federal criminal court. Attendees will have the luxury of learning, asking questions and working with other participants who are also new to this difficult area of practice. The program provides a rare opportunity for new CJA panel attorneys, and those seeking to join the panel, to hear a dynamic group of attorneys and legal professionals speak on a wide variety of topics. The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminar runs concurrently with the Multi-Track Criminal Defense Seminar and both programs are located in the same hotel. Fundamentals participants are thus encouraged to attend the second and third day of the Multi-Track program on Friday and Saturday, August 1-2, 2014. Fundamentals will take place all day on July 31, 2014 and for two additionaly hours on August 1, 2014. At the conclusion of Fundamentals attendees are encourgaged to attend sessions at Multi-Track for the rest of August 1-2, 2014. For more details about the Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar, see the program's description on fd.org. To attend both seminars, individuals must enroll separately in both Fundamentals and Multi-Track.
The Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar offers in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive areas of federal criminal defense practice. The program consists of related sessions, or tracks, which are grouped together allowing attorneys to select areas of practice that they feel best meet their training needs. The design of the program allows attorneys to attend two entire tracks on Thursday and Friday and a third track on Saturday. In addition to the tracks, the program includes an additional four to six substantive plenary lectures that cover more general areas of federal criminal practice. Registration is now open.
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
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.