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.
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 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.
Registration will open in September 2014, and a draft agenda will be available here at that time.