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Below on this page you will find all of the Federal Defender Programs in FY 2017 for which locations and dates have been finalized. Please view our List of All Authorized FY 2017 Training Events and Conferences to see every event for which funding has been authorized, including those for which dates and locations have not yet been set.




    APPELLATE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR FEDERAL DEFENDERS

    WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - February 22 - February 24, 2017
    Through a mix of lectures and small group exercises, this program provides in-depth instruction in legal writing. Each participant writes a brief in advance of the program using a provided sample case file. Past audiences have included a mix of appellate specialists and attorneys who handle both trials and appeals. All have found the program very valuable.  Because of the program's emphasis on small group workshops and in-depth individualized instruction, attendance is limited.

    For more information regarding this program, including registration information, contact Chuck Arberg at the Federal Judicial Center at (202) 502-4050 or email him at carberg@fjc.gov. The agenda and materials will be posted on the Federal Judicial Center's intranet page.


    CAPITAL HABEAS UNIT (CHU) CONFERENCE

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - March 20 - March 23, 2017
    The Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) Conference is designed for CHU attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and mitigation specialists.  It includes a mix of topics relevant to capital habeas work, such as updates on legal issues, case management, mitigation, and forensics. The topics are presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.

    For more information regarding this program, including registration information, contact Chuck Arberg at the Federal Judicial Center at (202) 502-4050 or email him at carberg@fjc.gov.


    FEDERAL DEFENDER INVESTIGATOR AND PARALEGAL SEMINAR

    LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA - May 02 - May 04, 2017
    REGISTER HERE
    DRAFT AGENDA
    This two-and-a-half-day program will cover a wide range of criminal defense topics specifically targeted toward investigators and paralegals at the federal level. A mix of plenary and concurrent breakout sessions will include presentations on areas such as sentencing mitigation, mental health and cognitive impairment issues, document management and analysis, confidential informants, online investigation, K-9 searches, BOP issues, and offense-specific tips for building a defense in a variety of federal cases.  This year, the seminar will also include an interpreter track that includes sessions for defender interpreters, and sessions of general interest to anyone on the defense team who works with interpreters. In addition, a hands-on small group session on trial presentation software will be available to 40 participants. To sign up for the hands-on session, participants must first register for the seminar, then contact Alex Roberts at Alex_Roberts@fd.org.

    Priority in registration will be given to federal defender staff, but slots will be available to a limited number of investigators and paralegals who handle private CJA cases. 


    NATIONAL SEMINAR FOR FEDERAL DEFENDERS

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - May 31 - June 02, 2017
    The National Seminar for Federal Defenders is designed for federal defenders and assistant federal defenders who have been practicing criminal law a minimum of three years. It includes a mix of topics on substantive federal criminal law, trial tactics, appellate practice, evidence, ethics, and sentencing issues, and more. The topics are presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.

    For more information regarding this program, including registration information, contact Chuck Arberg at the Federal Judicial Center at (202) 502-4050 or e-mail him at carberg@fjc.gov.  The agenda and materials will be posted on the Federal Judicial Center's intranet page.