Federal Adaptation of NLADA Performance Guidelines

The Reference section has been updated with the Federal Adaptation of NLADA Performance Guidelines.

Annual CLE Program and Reception for CJA Panel Members

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hold its Annual CLE Program and Reception for CJA Panel Members throughout the Second Circuit at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse at 40 Foley Square in lower Manhattan. The CLE program begins at 4:00 p.m.; the reception follows at 6:00 p.m.

See Official Memo for additional details.

Registration is now open for the Training Divison Webinar Strategies for Defending Noncitizens Using 1326(d) Motions

Dear Panel Representatives and Panel Administrators:

Registration is now open for the Training Divison Webinar "Strategies for Defending Noncitizens Using 1326(d) Motions". Those interested in participating can register through the link below or the "Upcoming Training Events" section on the home page of www.fd.org. Below is a description of the session and registration information. Please make your staff and CJA panel attorneys aware of this opportunity. If FDOs provide conference room space for viewing of this session, for CLE purposes please collect a list of participants with state bar numbers and send it to the email address in the last paragraph below.

Registration link: https://etrak.fd.org/meetings.aspx

CJA Panel Group Training Seminar - April 10, 2017

The training session Monday will be held at the following location:

Quinnipiac School of Law
North Haven Campus
370 Bassett Road
North Haven, CT 06473

We will be located in the Grand Courtroom.



CJA Panel Group Training Seminar - April 10, 2017

Just a reminder about the CJA Training seminar at Quinnipiac Law School in North Haven on April 10 from 8:30 am to 5 pm. There are good reasons to attend this training. First, the program is really good. There will be presentations on (1) capital mitigation techniques that can be used in non-capital cases, (2) heroin overdose cases, (3) Johnson/Beckles issues, (4) Immigration consequences and things to put in or avoid in plea agreements in federal criminal cases, (5) local issues; (6) getting paid and hiring experts, and (6) getting your client a good BOP score and designation.

A second reason to attend is that there is mandatory CLE to maintain Panel status and to maintain Bar status. This program will qualify for credit for both.

Third, it is free.

Courtroom Technology Training - Thursday, May 11, 2017

We are happy to announce that there will be a training session on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:00 am in New Haven, Courtroom 3 (2nd floor historic courtroom).

This will be hands-on training, and participants are encouraged to bring their laptops with them to learn how to interface with the court's technology.

CLE credits will be available for this session. There is no need to register for the event but you will be required to sign-in to receive credit.

Please refer to the court's technology page for more information on what is available.


Registration is now open for the Winning Strategies and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminars, June 8-10, 2017, Houston, Texas

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), Defender Services Office, Training Division (DSOTD) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Winning Strategies and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Seminars. The seminars will be held June 8-10, 2017 in Houston, Texas, where a very favorable hotel rate has been obtained.

The seminar is designed for, and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. There is no tuition, and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. The Winning Strategies seminar will begin Thursday morning, June 8th and end by mid-day on Saturday the 10th. The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense seminar will begin Thursday morning, June 8th and end early afternoon on Friday the 9th. Fundamentals attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the remainder of the Winning Strategies program. For questions about the substance of the seminar, please contact Craig Crawford at Craig_Crawford@ao.uscourts.gov; for questions about registration or other logistics, please contact Karen Holsendorff at Karen_Holsendorff@ao.uscourts.gov.

A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. Financial assistance applications are attached and also available on the training page of our web site, www.fd.org, where interested people can also register. You can also register by clicking on the following link or cutting and pasting the url into your browser: http://etrak.fd.org/meetings.aspx

The Fundamentals program, which takes place June 8-9, 2017, is designed as an overview for new federal CJA practitioners. This program addresses topics which are essential to defending clients in federal criminal cases, including discovery issues, plea negotiations, sentencing guidelines issues, and more. A draft agenda is attached and available on www.fd.org.

The Winning Strategies Seminar, which is June 8-10, 2017, brings together a dynamic group of faculty who address a wide variety of topics specifically designed to keep panel attorneys abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense. The program includes both large plenary lectures as well as smaller "break-out" lectures, covering topics that meet the needs of the advanced practitioner and the less experienced attorney alike. Sessions will include such subjects as developing immigration trends, recurring issues in drug and gun cases, Supreme Court update, jury bias, sentencing, ethics and more. A draft agenda is available on www.fd.org.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.

Job Announcement: Assistant Federal Defender Position

The Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Connecticut has an opening for an Assistant Federal Defender. The Federal Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases. The position is at will and not covered by the Civil Service Act. No phone calls, please. To apply, send cover letter, resume, three references, and a recent writing sample no later than March 10, 2017 to:

Federal Defender
10 Columbus Blvd FL 6
Hartford, CT 06106-1976

or by e-mail to elizabeth_mclaughlin@fd.org

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