Sequestration has had a severe impact on the Defender Services program's budget. The Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress funds the government only through January 15, 2014, and it does so at the drastically low FY 2013 sequestration levels. It is therefore impossible to predict whether we will have sufficient funds to implement all of our authorized live training programs in FY 2014. As a result, all of our events are currently subject to cancelation. Please check this page again for further updates on the status of our programs.
TRIAL SKILLS ACADEMY
The skills-based Academy has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout the trial. The program is conducted by very experienced and skilled faculty as a series of plenary sessions and workshops. The elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries and participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.
Participation is limited to 60 attendees, with a majority of participants accepted being CJA panel attorneys. Registration will open in mid-December, 2013.