WINNING STRATEGIES SEMINAR
The Winning Strategies Seminar brings together a dynamic group of attorneys and other legal professionals to speak on a wide variety of topics, all specifically designed to keep CJA practitioners abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense. Sessions include both large plenary lectures as well as smaller breakout sessions that meet the specific needs of the advanced practitioner and the less experienced attorney alike. Sessions will include such topics as a Supreme Court update, defending gun, drug, and immigration cases, challenging cell phone evidence, the practical implications of Johnson v. United States, addressing juror bias, sentencing issues, ethics and more. Also being presented, for those new to federal criminal defense practice, is the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminar. Participants must register for each program separately.
FUNDAMENTALS OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE SEMINAR
This program is designed for those new to federal criminal defense practice and addresses topics such as discovery and motion practice, pleas and proffers, the Bail Reform Act, and the basics of the sentencing guidelines.
LAW & TECHNOLOGY SERIES: ELECTRONIC COURTROOM PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
The Law & Technology Series: Electronic Courtroom Presentation Workshop (ECP) exposes CJA panel and federal public/community defender attorneys and professional staff to the legal, strategic and technological considerations involved with electronically presenting information in the federal courtroom during trial and hearings. This two-and-a-half-day program uses a combination of plenary presentations and small group, hands-on instruction. In the smaller breakout groups, attendees will practice direct and cross-examination, opening statements and closing arguments, using Trial Director and PowerPoint software which are well suited for electronically presenting information in the courtroom.
To participate in this program, participants must bring their own laptop computer. Interested participants MUST complete a short skill set survey before their registration request will be considered. 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. One or more small groups may have the opportunity to train on using trial presentation apps for a PC or Apple tablets. If selected, users will be required to bring both a laptop and the appropriate tablet. However, the training offered to this group will not be a replacement for the main computer training, but a supplement to it.
Registration will open no later than the end of November 2015.
ANDREA TAYLOR SENTENCING ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
The Sentencing Advocacy Workshop focuses on a vital area of federal practice that has 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 client relations and interviewing for mitigation, fact-busting the case, developing persuasive theories and themes, storytelling at sentencing, persuasive writing, and persuasive presentation. 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 fact-bust, 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 65 federal defenders and federal panel attorneys who have not participated in this workshop in the past.