The Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar offers in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive areas of federal criminal defense practice. Sessions in each substantive area are grouped into tracks. The four tracks for 2013 in Buffalo Niagara are: Forensics, Mental Health and Mitigation, Digital Age Litigation, and Fundamentals of a Federal Case Plus! The Forensics, and Mental Health and Mitigation Tracks will begin on Thursday, August 8, 2013 and run until Saturday, August 10, 2013. Fundamentals of a Federal Case Plus! will begin on Thursday, August 8, 2013 and run until midday Friday, August 9, 2013. The Digital Age Litigation track will begin midday on Friday, August 9, 2013 and conclude on Saturday, August 10, 2013.
In addition to the offered tracks, the seminar includes larger plenary sessions. These sessions will address topics of general interest and importance to most criminal defense practitioners.
1. Fundamentals of a Federal Case Plus!
Designed as an overview for new (and not so new) federal CJA practitioners, this program addresses topics that are essential to defending clients in federal criminal cases. It will include the basics of working up a federal case, release issues, sentencing guidelines, and beyond.
2. Forensic Implications in Your Every Day Federal Case and Beyond
This track will provide a better understanding of the science itself, or the lack of it, to better prepare defense counsel to challenge the use of such evidence in their cases at the trial level and in post-conviction. These sessions will look at specific areas of forensic "science" many of which the courts and juries formerly relied upon, and now have been debunked and questioned.
3. Mental Health and Mitigation - Identifying, Developing, and Understanding
Forty-five percent of Federal prisoners have had a mental health problem, and 40% of federal prisoners have had symptoms of a mental health disorder. This track provides an in-depth training to practitioners for identifying, developing, and understanding mental health and mitigation. We must develop the history and personal characteristics of the client to provide quality representation to our clients. Pretrial release options, trial considerations and potential sentencing alternatives including treatment are all influenced by these factors. We will cover changes in DSM-5 that practitioners will encounter in their practice as well as the importance of mental health symptoms and history.
4. Digital Age Litigation
The Fourth Amendment, ALPR, GPS, COO, GSM, Pinging - What does it all mean? This track will focus on the digital aspects of criminal defense litigation, from cell phone tracking to Electronically Stored Information (ESI).