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.
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.
The Train the Trainers (TTT) Workshop is intended to enhance training skills and expand the pool of experienced legal professionals available to serve as faculty at national Defender Services Office, Training Division (DSO-TD) events, as well as for local legal education programs designed for CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff. Participants will discuss and apply principles of adult learning, as well as small group facilitation skills, effective training design, and persuasive presentation techniques and methodologies - many of which are applicable to legal advocacy and other litigation essentials. The workshop is open to CJA Attorneys, federal defender staff (Assistant Federal Defenders, Research and Writing Specialists, 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.