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    ANDREA TAYLOR SENTENCING ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - March 03 - March 05, 2016
    Contact:
    Karen_Holsendorff@ao.uscourts.gov

    REGISTER HERE (WAITLIST ONLY)
    AGENDA
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    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. 


    LAW & TECHNOLOGY SERIES: TECHNIQUES IN ELECTRONIC CASE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - March 10 - March 12, 2016
    Contact:
    Jenna_Grogan@ao.uscourts.gov
    REGISTER HERE
    DRAFT AGENDA

    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 http://www.fd.org/docs/litigation-support/final-esi-protocol.pdf

    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.


    TRIAL SKILLS ACADEMY

    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - April 24 - April 29, 2016
    Contact:
    Ken_Simon@ao.uscourts.gov
    REGISTER HERE
    DRAFT AGENDA
    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION

    The skills-based Academy has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout the trial. A very experienced and skilled faculty leads this program through a series of plenary sessions and workshops. Elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries. Participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.

    Participation is limited to 66 attendees, with a majority of participants accepted being CJA panel attorneys. 



    FUNDAMENTALS OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE SEMINAR

    DENVER, COLORADO - May 19 - May 20, 2016
    Contact:
    Lauren_Billups@ao.uscourts.gov

    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.

    Registration will open early February 2016.  



    WINNING STRATEGIES SEMINAR

    DENVER, COLORADO - May 19 - May 21, 2016
    Contact:
    Lauren_Billups@ao.uscourts.gov
    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.

    Registration will open early February 2016.