The Sentencing Advocacy Workshop focuses on a vital area of federal practice which has steadily evolved since the Supreme Court declared the federal sentencing guidelines were advisory and no longer mandatory. Since approximately 97% of federal criminal cases continue to the sentencing phase, participation in the Sentencing Advocacy Workshop should not be missed. The Sentencing Advocacy Workshop teaches a comprehensive approach to sentencing where participants are trained to develop persuasive, fact-based, sentencing theories, and are provided with the advocacy skills necessary to advance their theories both in writing and during sentencing hearings. Presentations and demonstrations at the workshop include changes in federal sentencing law, judging at sentencing, storytelling, effective presentation, and persuasive writing. The workshop consists of plenary sessions and small group breakout sessions. In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to brainstorm facts, develop theories and themes, practice storytelling, persuasively write part of their sentencing memorandums and discuss how best to conduct sentencing hearings.
Enrollment for this program is limited to 72 federal defenders and federal panel attorneys who have not participated in this workshop in the past. Registration is now open and early registration is encouraged. This program will be held again in June, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.