Please be advised that registration for all Training Division Events is limited to persons who provide services pursuant to the Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA). For more information please read our Training Events Registration Disclaimer.
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Orientation Seminar for Assistant Federal Defenders
This seminar for new assistant federal defenders includes a mix of topics on substantive federal criminal law, sentencing, trial tactics, evidence, and ethics. Most topics are presented in plenary lectures while some are offered in breakout sessions.
For more information regarding this program, including registration materials, please contact Chuck Arberg at the Federal Judicial Center at (202) 502-4050 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The agenda and materials will be posted at the Federal Judicial Center's intranet page.
15 - 17
THE ANDREA TAYLOR SENTENCING ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
The Andrea Taylor 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, 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 bust the facts, 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 participants – priority will be given to those people who have not attended this workshop in the past. Limited financial assistance may be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel expenses. An agenda and registration information will be posted shortly.
6 - 8
Winning Strategies: Drugs, Guns, and Violent Crimes
Winning Strategies: Drugs, Guns, and Violent Crimes brings together a dynamic group of attorneys, legal professionals, and academic specialists to address recent and important developments in the federal criminal defense of drug, guns, and violent crimes. Sessions include both plenary lectures and smaller breakout sessions that meet the needs of advanced practitioners, less experienced attorneys, and non-attorney legal professionals. The anticipated sessions will include topics on federal conspiracy law; defending drug overdose homicides; mandatory sentencing enhancements; understanding DNA; electronic surveillance; and ethical implications of social media investigations. Limited financial assistance may be available to non-federal defender registrants for travel expenses.
7 - 9
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 attorneys appointed pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act 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 Batson challenges, and racial disparities in charging, pleas, and sentencing. In addition, sessions devoted to the use of experts, motions practice, and sentencing reform will be presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.
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