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TRAINING DIVISION WEBINARS

Training Division webinars are designed to provide opportunities for CJA panel attorneys and federal defender staff to receive quality training on a variety of criminal defense topics utilizing computer and video technology to provide live interactive training.  Participants have the opportunity to interact with the presenter by participating in polling questions and to ask questions in real time.  These presentations will be recorded for later playback for those unable to participate in the live webinars.  Each presentation will last 1 hour.

Our current webinar schedule includes presentations in April, May, June, July, and September. Please check this page again for more information on topics and registration.

    CRIMINAL HISTORY IN SENTENCING– DESCAMPS, ITS CHANGES, AND WHERE THE SUPREME COURT MAY GO NEXT (REPEAT)

    April 24, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Contact:
    odstbwebtraining@ao.uscourts.gov
    REGISTER HERE

    The landscape of calculating criminal history for purposes of plea negotiations and sentencing continually evolves.  Developments in Supreme Court case law have enriched the practice of attacking predicates that enhance our clients' sentences in myriad ways.  This presentation surveys this ever-changing jurisprudence and provides practice tips to maximize the benefits to our clients.

    Presented by Paresh Patel, Appellate Attorney, Federal Public Defender’s Office, District of Maryland, Greenbelt, MD


    FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS - THEY’RE NOT JUST FOR MONEY FLOW ANYMORE

    June 10, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Contact:
    odstbwebtraining@ao.uscourts.gov
    Financial transactions provide a wealth of information above and beyond the general movement of funds. This webinar will show you how to use these documents in many different types of cases. The presentation will first detail the anatomy of a financial transaction, as well as currency reporting documents required by the Bank Secrecy Act. Suggestions for obtaining, organizing and analyzing financial documents will also be illustrated.  The session will then cover the alternative uses for financial transactions, such as potential witness leads, determination of lifestyle, alibi, and corroboration of witness statements. Lastly, using an actual case scenario, the presenter will show how a financial analysis can be used to mitigate the impact of Sentencing Guidelines calculations regarding loss amounts.

    Note: 
    While this webinar is geared primarily toward paralegals and investigators, attorneys will also find it informative. 

    Presented by Pamela Bishop, Commonwealth Litigation Support Services, Inc., Ashland, VA


    FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS - THEY'RE NOT JUST FOR MONEY FLOW ANYMORE (REPEAT)

    June 12, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Contact:
    odstbwebtraining@ao.uscourts.gov
    Financial transactions provide a wealth of information above and beyond the general movement of funds. This webinar will show you how to use these documents in many different types of cases. The presentation will first detail the anatomy of a financial transaction, as well as currency reporting documents required by the Bank Secrecy Act. Suggestions for obtaining, organizing and analyzing financial documents will also be illustrated.  The session will then cover the alternative uses for financial transactions, such as potential witness leads, determination of lifestyle, alibi, and corroboration of witness statements. Lastly, using an actual case scenario, the presenter will show how a financial analysis can be used to mitigate the impact of Sentencing Guidelines calculations regarding loss amounts.

    Note: 
    While this webinar is geared primarily toward paralegals and investigators, attorneys will also find it informative. 

    Presented by Pamela Bishop, Commonwealth Litigation Support Services, Inc., Ashland, VA