Please see below for our remaining FY 2016 events. Information on FY 2017 events will be posted as locations and dates are finalized.
RACE IN THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL COURT: STRATEGIES IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE
Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice is designed to educate federal criminal defense attorneys about the many ways race impacts the administration of justice in federal court and provide them with strategies to combat racial injustice in the criminal justice system. Areas to be addressed include implicit bias, jury selection, and racial disparities in charging, pleas and sentencing. In addition, sessions devoted to the use of experts, motions practice and targeting of minorities by police will be presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.
LAW & TECHNOLOGY SERIES: TECHNIQUES IN ELECTRONIC CASE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
In the digital era, understanding how to manage, review and analyze electronic discovery and voluminous discovery has become a critical skill for criminal defense attorneys. In fact, the first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol developed by representatives of the Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys, Department of Justice and the Defender Services Office reflects this emerging trend in the law: "[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery."(See ESI Protocol
The Law & Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management (TECM) Workshop exposes CJA panel and federal public/community defender attorneys and professional 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 of 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), which are designed for handling small and medium-sized volumes of discovery. Attendees will better understand how legal litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful workflow processes with co-counsel, staff and potential vendors. They will also improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare their defense.
In order to participate in this program, participants are required to provide their own laptop computer. Interested participants are required to complete a short skill set survey before their registration request is 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, you must bring a laptop running Windows, or a Mac laptop running a virtualized copy of Windows.
NON-CAPITAL MITIGATION SKILLS WORKSHOP
Using a storytelling approach, this workshop presents a hands-on method on the development of non-capital mitigation and its integration into persuasive sentencing advocacy. Through plenary and small group sessions, participants will further their understanding of non-capital mitigation evidence and the skills necessary to effectively interview for mitigation; investigate, collect and analyze records; and write reports and/or sentencing memorandums to present mitigation at sentencing. In the small group sessions, participants will use pending cases of their own to practice interviewing, storytelling, and persuasive writing. This workshop is specifically designed for non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals who provide this work under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). Please note that due to the workshop format of this program, participation in all of the sessions is mandatory.
Enrollment for this program is limited to 45 federal defender staff and non-capital mitigation social workers, sentencing advocates, attorneys and other professionals who provide this work under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA).
Early registration is encouraged.
TRAIN THE TRAINERS WORKSHOP
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.