DEFENDER SERVICES OFFICE
TRAINING DIVISION

Welcome to the Defender Services Office Training Division Online Learning Portal.


Access to these recorded training sessions and any accompanying materials is restricted to employees of federal public and community defender organizations; CJA panel attorneys who accept court appointments to federal criminal cases; and investigators, paralegals and other defense team members who work on CJA panel cases.

CLE Information: Upon viewing a video in its entirety you will be given instructions for obtaining a certificate of completion for that content. You are responsible for submitting the certificate of completion and other required materials to the appropriate CLE compliance organization. Although many of our in-person seminars are approved in their entirety for CLE credit by several states, the individual recorded sessions have not been separately approved for CLE credit. Each video is approximately 50 to 60 minutes long. The exact duration is displayed at the start of each recording.

 

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Collapse Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
This session will detail how to meaningfully challenge the forensic evidence in your case by making specific discovery requests about the analyst, all information relied upon by the analyst in reaching a conclusion, manuals, protocols, databases, policies and accreditation of the lab and its personnel.

These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
  • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
  • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
  • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
  • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
  • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
  • Supreme Court Update
  • Identity Theft
  • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
  • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
  • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
  • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
  • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
  • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: August 12, 2010
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 58.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    Collapse Discovery Issues With a Twist - Rule 16 and More
    A look at discovery issues from the combined perspectives of trial attorney and attorneys working on cases post-conviction. This session addresses the requirements of Rule 16, but goes beyond it by looking at discoverable evidence from the perspective of a lawyer seeking post conviction relief. Learn about other avenues to discoverable evidence that might be helpful if considered while mounting a defense to criminal charges.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 12, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 57.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Discovery Issues With a Twist - Rule 16 and More
    Collapse Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    It seems like everyone these days has a darn Facebook page!  What is with all these youngsters posting pictures of themselves on MySpace?  Who wants to see strangers engaging in illegal activity, taking drugs, bragging about their exploits and making darn fools of themselves?   You do!!!!!  There is a bevy of great material out there to impeach snitches, lay witnesses, police officers and just about anyone who logged off the night before and showed up to testify against your client at trial the very next morning.  An important look at the new frontier of Internet Social Networks and your next trial.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 12, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 61.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    Collapse Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing  Guidelines  101)
    This session will cover the basics of applying the federal sentencing guidelines. Drug amount calculations, criminal history, and offense conduct will be included in this discussion.

    This presentation is best viewed with a copy of the 2009 United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manuel in hand.


    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 12, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 52.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing  Guidelines  101)
    Collapse Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    This session will discuss defense strategies, pretrial motions, and defenses to the offense of mortgage fraud.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 12, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 49.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    Collapse Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    This session will provide practical tips if your client faces federal imprisonment. It will include factors to consider for your client to obtain a federal sentence at the least restrictive possible facility and receive the earliest feasible release date.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 12, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 67.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Collapse Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    Key to the government’s prosecution is the testimony from “material witnesses,” who are themselves alleged undocumented immigrants. Learn how to interview these witnesses and prepare effectively for cross-examination (either in a deposition or at trial) and challenge the use of deposition testimony. This session will also suggest pretrial motions and trial strategies which will help you counter the assertion that your client knew the people with whom he was traveling were undocumented immigrants, and the allegation that the offense charged was committed for profit.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 13, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 51.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    Collapse How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client
    This session provides a careful examination of the types of convictions which can lead to deportation of your clients who are not United States citizens. This is important information to consider when advising clients of their options in a criminal proceeding.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 13, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 58.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client
    Collapse Identity Theft
    Identity theft is the crime du jour. This session will provide an overview of federal identity theft and identity fraud cases, including review of the relevant statutes and sentencing guidelines, and potential pretrial, trial, and sentencing issues.




    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 13, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 49.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Identity Theft
    Collapse Supreme Court Update
    While we toil away in the trenches there is a small group of people, far far away, we always need to keep well focused on - THE SUPREME COURT!! This important hour provides a critical update concerning Supreme Court decisions, trends and the possible future - all of which will undoubtedly affect our federal criminal trial practice, sentencing advocacy and possible appellate matters.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client’s Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms —How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 13, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 51.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Supreme Court Update
    Collapse Isms and Schisms - How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    This session explores the decisions we make when in representing clients and the impact of the subconscious mind on those decisions. It will get attorneys thinking about the way they represent people whose background is difference from theirs. Just as a prosecutor's discretion is influenced by his or her experience, so is a defense attorney’s exercise of discretion when developing trial strategy. This presentation challenges defense attorneys to evaluate how and when our personal experiences influence decisions in our cases.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client's Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms - How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 14, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 59.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Isms and Schisms - How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    Collapse Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"
    A former CJA panel attorney and panel representative who is now a federal magistrate join three experienced and highly regarded CJA panel attorneys from different areas of the country in a lively discussion of some the ethical issues that confront practitioners.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client's Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms - How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 14, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 55.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"
    Collapse Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    Forty-five percent of federal prisoners have had a mental health problem, and 40% of federal prisoners have had symptoms of a mental health disorder. In the post-Booker world, the history and characteristics of the offender are important sentencing considerations for the court. This session focuses on how to use a history and symptoms of mental illness to inform the sentence of the appropriate, and below guidelines sentence. Learn about the signs that could indicate the need for further evaluation and what to do with the information once you have it.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client's Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms - How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 14, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 54.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    Collapse The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    This session addresses the essentials of trying a gun case. The presentation will cover: jury selection issues (e.g., do you want gun owners, NRA members, ex military members on your jury); how to handle firearms in court to demonstrate confidence and knowledge to the jury; firearms terms and the historical background of firearms laws; cross-examination of government witnesses; serialization of firearms as a defense; and a discussion of antique firearms.

    These presentations were recorded August 12-14, 2010, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Miami, Florida.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense topic areas. Five of the tracks - Fraud, Computer Crimes, Immigration, Sentencing and Forensics - were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 12, 2010, and then repeated on Friday, August 13, 2010. The seminar design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the five separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions. Those sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Litigation Tactics and Defending A Mortgage Fraud Case
    • Discovery and Challenges to Crime Labs
    • How a Criminal Conviction Will Impact Your Client's Future Immigration Status
    • Defending Against Charges of Alien Smuggling, Alien Transportation, and Alien Harboring
    • Supreme Court Update
    • Identity Theft
    • Isms and Schisms - How We Unknowingly Make Decisions Which Impact Our Cases
    • Recognizing and Confronting Mental Health Issues
    • The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    • Panel Discussion "Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys"

    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who were new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Discovery Issues With a Twist – Rule 16 and More
    • Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines 101)
    • Practical Tips if Your Client Faces Incarceration in a Federal Prison
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 14, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 61.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO The Nuts and Bolts of Trying Firearms Cases
    Collapse Attacking and Understanding DNA
    This session will cover ways to successfully challenge the presence of DNA evidence in your case.  If the government claims to have located your client's DNA at the crime scene, your client may not have put it there.  Evidentiary issues involved with certification, testing, and transfer will be covered.

    These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.

    The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    • Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client's Criminal History
    • The Fine Print:  Avoiding Restrictive Conditions of Supervised Release 
    • Attacking and Understanding DNA 
    • Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 18, 2011
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 70.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Attacking and Understanding DNA
    Collapse Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    It seems like everyone these days has a darn Facebook page! What is with all these youngsters posting pictures of themselves on MySpace? Who wants to see strangers engaging in illegal activity, taking drugs, bragging about their exploits and making darn fools of themselves? You do!!!!! There is a bevy of great material out there to impeach snitches, lay witnesses, police officers and just about anyone who logged off the night before and showed up to testify against your client at trial the very next morning. An important look at the new frontier of Internet Social Networks and your next trial.


    These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.

    The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    • Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client's Criminal History
    • The Fine Print:  Avoiding Restrictive Conditions of Supervised Release 
    • Attacking and Understanding DNA 
    • Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 18, 2011
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 59.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    Collapse Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    This presentation looks at the science behind fingerprint identification.  Learn how an expert matches one fingerprint to another and how to challenge the accuracy of the identification.  Fingerprints identification is far less reliable than previously thought and the science is far shakier than every imagined.  An interesting session which goes far beyond the science of fingerprints.   

    These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.

    The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    • Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client's Criminal History
    • The Fine Print:  Avoiding Restrictive Conditions of Supervised Release 
    • Attacking and Understanding DNA 
    • Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 18, 2011
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 64.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    Collapse Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    This session will address how to effectively challenge the lack of a scientific basis of "forensic" evidence presented in cases involving firearms/toolmark identification in light of the recent findings in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report. Arguments to repudiate claims that firearms produce unique markings on bullets/casings, lack of standards for identifying so-called individual markings, lack of statistical basis for declarations of a match between a gun and bullet, and prejudice from unsupported "expert" testimony will be presented.

    These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.

    The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    • Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client's Criminal History
    • The Fine Print:  Avoiding Restrictive Conditions of Supervised Release 
    • Attacking and Understanding DNA 
    • Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 18, 2011
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 52.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    Collapse Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client
    Attacking the Guideline’s "second axis," criminal history, requires a keen understanding of how the Sentencing Commission justified guideline range increases based on past convictions and how the "science" behind the guidelines may be lacking. This session will discuss some of the common tools used to predict recidivism (criminal history scores, actuarial risk assessments) and how attorneys can use them to advocate for lower sentences.  It will also discuss common barriers to reentry and how they may be used to explain why your client may not be as "bad" as the criminal history score suggests. An important session, which explores how to advocate for departures based upon over representation of criminal history and variances based on 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) factors. 

    These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.

    The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    • Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client's Criminal History
    • The Fine Print:  Avoiding Restrictive Conditions of Supervised Release 
    • Attacking and Understanding DNA 
    • Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 19, 2011
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 53.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client
    Collapse The Fine Print & Not Letting Clients Be Doomed to Sentencing Conditions: Avoiding Courts Imposing Restrictive Conditions During Supervised Release or Probation
    At the end of a hard-fought sentencing you breathe a sigh of relief and a start to gather up your file. But wait!  The judge is still talking!  By checking out early, you may have doomed your client to years (or, in the case of some offenders, a lifetime!) of oppressive conditions of supervised release.  Supervised release conditions are among the most litigated aspects of sentencing today.  This session provides strategies for fighting special conditions, particularly the onerous conditions imposed on clients with current or past sex offenses. For these offenders there are issues abound – internet access, employment, housing, child visitation, and even access to movies and magazines.  Learn the tricks of overzealous courts and probation officers and gain new tactics of your own as you struggle to keep your clients free upon release.  

    These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.

    The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    • Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client's Criminal History
    • The Fine Print:  Avoiding Restrictive Conditions of Supervised Release 
    • Attacking and Understanding DNA 
    • Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 19, 2011
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 51.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO The Fine Print & Not Letting Clients Be Doomed to Sentencing Conditions: Avoiding Courts Imposing Restrictive Conditions During Supervised Release or Probation
    Collapse Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Few areas of defense are more frustrating than dealing with this draconian fifteen year mandatory.  We know the dread of seeing our client’s three relevant prior convictions and yet, after that dread clears we can attack, defend and deflect the ACCA and Career Offender designations - learn how.

    These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.

    The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.

    The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Facebook, Myspace, The Joys/Dangers of Internet Social Networks and How to Use Them as a Litigation Tool
    • Fingerprints: Understanding & Challenging Science
    • Firearm and Toolmark Identification
    • Recidivism, Recidivism, Recidivism:  How to Mitigate Your Client's Criminal History
    • The Fine Print:  Avoiding Restrictive Conditions of Supervised Release 
    • Attacking and Understanding DNA 
    • Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 19, 2011
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 54.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Defending Against Armed Career Criminal & Career Offender Designations
    Collapse Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    Have your pre-trial Motions in Limine been stuck on autopilot?  Are you truly attacking the government during this critical juncture?  If you want a new way of attacking and adding some firepower to this important part of the process this session is for you.

    These presentations were recorded October 13-14, 2011, during the Criminal Justice Act Panel Training for the Southern Federal Defender Program in Mobile, Alabama. The seminar is the yearly training program offered by the defender office for the local CJA panel. It addressed a number of criminal legal topics of both local and national interest.

    The following presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    • Computer Forensics 101
    • Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    • 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    • Defending Those Who Defend Us—Considerations When Defending Veterans
    • Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    • Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: October 13, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 55.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    Collapse Computer Forensics 101
    This presentation provides attendees with the basic information that they need to understand the terminology, concepts, and technology of computer forensics. Among the topics covered: why computer forensics is possible (hint: the delete key is a myth); how to read a law enforcement forensics report; deposing and cross examining a computer forensics expert; when to hire an independent computer forensics examiner in criminal or civil cases; and, trends in computer forensics court decisions. 

    These presentations were recorded October 13-14, 2011, during the Criminal Justice Act Panel Training for the Southern Federal Defender Program in Mobile, Alabama. The seminar is the yearly training program offered by the defender office for the local CJA panel. It addressed a number of criminal legal topics of both local and national interest.

    The following presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    • Computer Forensics 101
    • Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    • 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    • Defending Those Who Defend Us - Considerations When Defending Veterans
    • Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    • Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: October 13, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 81.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Computer Forensics 101
    Collapse Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    This hour-long seminar will introduce attendees to the basics of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technology and the role that they play in the commission of crimes (particularly obscenity and child pornography offenses). The presentation will introduce the major P2Pnetworks and describe the software used to access them. Particular attention will be paid to the growing number of P2P crimes and the techniques used by law enforcement to investigate them. The seminar will conclude with an overview of recent legal decisions involving P2Psoftware.

    These presentations were recorded October 13-14, 2011, during the Criminal Justice Act Panel Training for the Southern Federal Defender Program in Mobile, Alabama. The seminar is the yearly training program offered by the defender office for the local CJA panel. It addressed a number of criminal legal topics of both local and national interest.

    The following presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    • Computer Forensics 101
    • Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    • 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    • Defending Those Who Defend Us—Considerations When Defending Veterans
    • Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    • Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Runtime: 30
    Original Seminar Date: October 13, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 30.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    Collapse 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    This session will focus on using 18 U.S.C. §3553(a) and recent sentencing
    rulings from the Supreme Court and lower courts to advocate for and achieve below guidelines sentences.


    These presentations were recorded October 13-14, 2011, during the Criminal Justice Act Panel Training for the Southern Federal Defender Program in Mobile, Alabama. The seminar is the yearly training program offered by the defender office for the local CJA panel. It addressed a number of criminal legal topics of both local and national interest.

    The following presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    • Computer Forensics 101
    • Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    • 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    • Defending Those Who Defend Us—Considerations When Defending Veterans
    • Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    • Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: October 13, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 68.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    Collapse Defending Those Who Defend Us - Considerations When Defending Veterans
    The adjustments to the illegal re-entry guideline can add 4 to 6 years to a recommended sentence. This presentation focuses on a systematic approach to legal objections involving crimes of violence, drug trafficking offenses, aggravated felonies, and felonies designed to minimize the effect of these upward adjustments.

    These presentations were recorded October 13-14, 2011, during the Criminal Justice Act Panel Training for the Southern Federal Defender Program in Mobile, Alabama. The seminar is the yearly training program offered by the defender office for the local CJA panel. It addressed a number of criminal legal topics of both local and national interest.

    The following presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    • Computer Forensics 101
    • Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    • 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    • Defending Those Who Defend Us—Considerations When Defending Veterans
    • Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    • Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: October 13, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 71.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Defending Those Who Defend Us - Considerations When Defending Veterans
    Collapse Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    The adjustments to the illegal re-entry guideline can add 4 to 6 years to a recommended sentence. This presentation focuses on a systematic approach to legal objections involving crimes of violence, drug trafficking offenses, aggravated felonies, and felonies designed to minimize the effect of these upward adjustments.

    These presentations were recorded October 13-14, 2011, during the Criminal Justice Act Panel Training for the Southern Federal Defender Program in Mobile, Alabama. The seminar is the yearly training program offered by the defender office for the local CJA panel. It addressed a number of criminal legal topics of both local and national interest.

    The following presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    • Computer Forensics 101
    • Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    • 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    • Defending Those Who Defend Us—Considerations When Defending Veterans
    • Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    • Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: October 14, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 64.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    Collapse Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    The Supreme Court has said guidelines may provide useful advice to judges if  they were developed by the Commission acting in its "characteristic institutional role" and are based on "empirical data and national experience." The drug trafficking guideline was not developed in this manner, as the Court acknowledged in Kimbrough. In fact, in the vast majority of cases the guideline fails to recommend sentences consistent with 18 U.S.C. 3553(a). This presentation will review the history of the drug guideline and show how advocates can undermine it using legislative history and empirical research. Special attention will be paid to mistakes underlying the guidelines for methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Changes to the guideline contained in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 will also be reviewed.

    These presentations were recorded October 13-14, 2011, during the Criminal Justice Act Panel Training for the Southern Federal Defender Program in Mobile, Alabama. The seminar is the yearly training program offered by the defender office for the local CJA panel. It addressed a number of criminal legal topics of both local and national interest.

    The following presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Motions In Limine: New Areas of Attack When At the Threshold
    • Computer Forensics 101
    • Peer-to-Peer Crimes and Investigations: An Overview
    • 3553(a): Two Stories, One Goal
    • Defending Those Who Defend Us - Considerations When Defending Veterans
    • Defending Against Sentencing Enhancements in Immigration Case
    • Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: October 14, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 66.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Sentencing: Deconstructing Drug Guidelines
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    How can you maximize your chances of getting your client released under the Bail Reform Act?  This session will address pretrial interviews, third party custodians, other favorable witnesses, the detention hearing, the appeal of a detention order and release pending appeal.


    These presentations were recorded February 10-12, 2011, during the Winning Strategies Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in San Antonio, Texas. Drawing its faculty from the ranks of federal judges, defenders and practitioners, the Winning Strategies Seminar presented legal techniques for use in securing pretrial, trial, sentencing and appellate relief in a wide variety of federal cases. Winning Strategies was a three day program which began on February 10 and concluded on February 12, 2011. The seminar employed both plenary and break-out instructional sessions to present “nuts and bolts” defenses to firearms, drugs, child pornography and immigration prosecutions – as well as to present defenses to more novel prosecutions such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, etc. Additionally, Winning Strategies provided important guidance and insights concerning the new post-Booker sentencing landscape now facing federal defense attorneys. Participants received analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent criminal law decisions and insights into that Court’s pending criminal cases. They also head forecasts from the Sentencing Resource Counsel’s representatives on proposed guideline amendments and learned strategies to better advocate for – and achieve – just sentences.

    The following Winning Strategies presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn’t The 0nly Game in Town
    •  Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Introduction to Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
    • Recurring Issues with Gangs, RICO and Dealing with Co-Defendants and Avoiding Guilt(y) by Association
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks
    • Determining “Crimes of Violence” & “Violent Felonies”
    • The ABC’s of Computer Crimes’ Forensics
    • Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys 
    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training (Fundamentals) was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who are new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients. It was offered concurrently with the first day of the Winning Strategies Seminar. After participating in the Fundamentals, attorneys were encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions which continued on Friday and Saturday.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded on February 10, 2011, and are available for viewing:
    • Bail Reform Act
    • Plea Negotiations and Proffers
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 10, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 60.00 hours Minutes

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    The 2010 Guideline amendments specifically set forth sentencing possibilities which may serve as an alternatives to incarceration. Alternatives such as treatment for substance abuse and mental health conditions as well as departures for age, physical condition (including substance abuse), mental and emotional conditions, and military service must be revisited and offered up to the sentencing court as appropriate alternative options to fulfill the sentencing requirements set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a). This session will explore the practical implications of the amendments and ways to advocate for options which move away from incarceration.


    These presentations were recorded February 10-12, 2011, during the Winning Strategies Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in San Antonio, Texas. Drawing its faculty from the ranks of federal judges, defenders and practitioners, the Winning Strategies Seminar presented legal techniques for use in securing pretrial, trial, sentencing and appellate relief in a wide variety of federal cases. Winning Strategies was a three day program which began on February 10 and concluded on February 12, 2011. The seminar employed both plenary and break-out instructional sessions to present "nuts and bolts" defenses to firearms, drugs, child pornography and immigration prosecutions – as well as to present defenses to more novel prosecutions such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, etc. Additionally, Winning Strategies provided important guidance and insights concerning the new post-Booker sentencing landscape now facing federal defense attorneys. Participants received analysis of the Supreme Court's recent criminal law decisions and insights into that Court's pending criminal cases. They also head forecasts from the Sentencing Resource Counsel's representatives on proposed guideline amendments and learned strategies to better advocate for – and achieve – just sentences.

    The following Winning Strategies presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn't The Only Game in Town
    •  Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Introduction to Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
    • Recurring Issues with Gangs, RICO and Dealing with Co-Defendants and Avoiding Guilt(y) by Association
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks
    • Determining "Crimes of Violence" & "Violent Felonies"
    • The ABC's of Computer Crimes' Forensics
    • Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys 
    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training (Fundamentals) was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who are new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients. It was offered concurrently with the first day of the Winning Strategies Seminar. After participating in the Fundamentals, attorneys were encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions which continued on Friday and Saturday.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded on February 10, 2011, and are available for viewing:
    • Bail Reform Act
    • Plea Negotiations and Proffers
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 10, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 69.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives To Incarceration
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    Computers are gifts which just seem to keep on giving when it comes to federal criminal prosecutions. With desktops, laptops, iPads, smart-phones, etc. our clients have a bevy of ways to get indicted. And it certainly is not slowing down. Despite all the attention given to Child Pornography (CP) cases there is also a large increase in prosecutions concerning alleged computer crimes which have little to nothing to do with CP. This session will focus on federal computer and internet crimes such as hacking, identity theft, cyber-stalking, unauthorized password use, and fraud.


    These presentations were recorded February 10-12, 2011, during the Winning Strategies Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in San Antonio, Texas. Drawing its faculty from the ranks of federal judges, defenders and practitioners, the Winning Strategies Seminar presented legal techniques for use in securing pretrial, trial, sentencing and appellate relief in a wide variety of federal cases. Winning Strategies was a three day program which began on February 10 and concluded on February 12, 2011. The seminar employed both plenary and break-out instructional sessions to present "nuts and bolts" defenses to firearms, drugs, child pornography and immigration prosecutions – as well as to present defenses to more novel prosecutions such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, etc. Additionally, Winning Strategies provided important guidance and insights concerning the new post-Booker sentencing landscape now facing federal defense attorneys. Participants received analysis of the Supreme Court's recent criminal law decisions and insights into that Court's pending criminal cases. They also head forecasts from the Sentencing Resource Counsel's representatives on proposed guideline amendments and learned strategies to better advocate for – and achieve – just sentences.

    The following Winning Strategies presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn't The Only Game in Town
    •  Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Introduction to Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
    • Recurring Issues with Gangs, RICO and Dealing with Co-Defendants and Avoiding Guilt(y) by Association
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks
    • Determining "Crimes of Violence" & "Violent Felonies"
    • The ABC's of Computer Crimes' Forensics
    • Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys 
    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training (Fundamentals) was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who are new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients. It was offered concurrently with the first day of the Winning Strategies Seminar. After participating in the Fundamentals, attorneys were encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions which continued on Friday and Saturday.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded on February 10, 2011, and are available for viewing:
    • Bail Reform Act
    • Plea Negotiations and Proffers
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 10, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 64.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn
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    A discussion of how to negotiate a plea, with a particular focus on providing charge alternatives that limit a client's exposure, and avoiding pitfalls as you guide your client through proffers to the government.


    These presentations were recorded February 10-12, 2011, during the Winning Strategies Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in San Antonio, Texas. Drawing its faculty from the ranks of federal judges, defenders and practitioners, the Winning Strategies Seminar presented legal techniques for use in securing pretrial, trial, sentencing and appellate relief in a wide variety of federal cases. Winning Strategies was a three day program which began on February 10 and concluded on February 12, 2011. The seminar employed both plenary and break-out instructional sessions to present "nuts and bolts" defenses to firearms, drugs, child pornography and immigration prosecutions – as well as to present defenses to more novel prosecutions such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, etc. Additionally, Winning Strategies provided important guidance and insights concerning the new post-Booker sentencing landscape now facing federal defense attorneys. Participants received analysis of the Supreme Court's recent criminal law decisions and insights into that Court's pending criminal cases. They also head forecasts from the Sentencing Resource Counsel's representatives on proposed guideline amendments and learned strategies to better advocate for – and achieve – just sentences.

    The following Winning Strategies presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn't The Only Game in Town
    •  Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Introduction to Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
    • Recurring Issues with Gangs, RICO and Dealing with Co-Defendants and Avoiding Guilt(y) by Association
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks
    • Determining "Crimes of Violence" & "Violent Felonies"
    • The ABC's of Computer Crimes' Forensics
    • Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys 
    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training (Fundamentals) was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who are new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients. It was offered concurrently with the first day of the Winning Strategies Seminar. After participating in the Fundamentals, attorneys were encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions which continued on Friday and Saturday.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded on February 10, 2011, and are available for viewing:
    • Bail Reform Act
    • Plea Negotiations and Proffers
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 10, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 47.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Plea Negotiations and Proffers
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    If you have ever defended a Child Porn case, or think one may be in your future, you know how quickly even first time offenders with no "hands on" offenses may be facing a shockingly long potential sentence. These cases are being filed all over the country and anyone who will be taking on federal criminal matters should consider this session. This survey discussion focuses on issues which often arise in connection with the defense of internet based sex crimes and other commonly charged sex offenses. The session will address the basics of computer forensics, detention issues, pretrial motions, potential defenses, and important sentencing and mitigation issues.


    These presentations were recorded February 10-12, 2011, during the Winning Strategies Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in San Antonio, Texas. Drawing its faculty from the ranks of federal judges, defenders and practitioners, the Winning Strategies Seminar presented legal techniques for use in securing pretrial, trial, sentencing and appellate relief in a wide variety of federal cases. Winning Strategies was a three day program which began on February 10 and concluded on February 12, 2011. The seminar employed both plenary and break-out instructional sessions to present "nuts and bolts" defenses to firearms, drugs, child pornography and immigration prosecutions – as well as to present defenses to more novel prosecutions such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, etc. Additionally, Winning Strategies provided important guidance and insights concerning the new post-Booker sentencing landscape now facing federal defense attorneys. Participants received analysis of the Supreme Court's recent criminal law decisions and insights into that Court's pending criminal cases. They also head forecasts from the Sentencing Resource Counsel's representatives on proposed guideline amendments and learned strategies to better advocate for – and achieve – just sentences.

    The following Winning Strategies presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn't The Only Game in Town
    •  Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Introduction to Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
    • Recurring Issues with Gangs, RICO and Dealing with Co-Defendants and Avoiding Guilt(y) by Association
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks
    • Determining "Crimes of Violence" & "Violent Felonies"
    • The ABC's of Computer Crimes' Forensics
    • Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys 
    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training (Fundamentals) was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who are new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients. It was offered concurrently with the first day of the Winning Strategies Seminar. After participating in the Fundamentals, attorneys were encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions which continued on Friday and Saturday.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded on February 10, 2011, and are available for viewing:
    • Bail Reform Act
    • Plea Negotiations and Proffers
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 11, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 60.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Introduction To Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
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    All is not as it seems when it comes to computers. Is what you see on the screen really there? And how did it get there? Does it belong to your client? Who put it there and when did it get there? These questions may be key to your defense. This session addresses those and similar issues that arise in cases involving computers.


    These presentations were recorded February 10-12, 2011, during the Winning Strategies Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in San Antonio, Texas. Drawing its faculty from the ranks of federal judges, defenders and practitioners, the Winning Strategies Seminar presented legal techniques for use in securing pretrial, trial, sentencing and appellate relief in a wide variety of federal cases. Winning Strategies was a three day program which began on February 10 and concluded on February 12, 2011. The seminar employed both plenary and break-out instructional sessions to present "nuts and bolts" defenses to firearms, drugs, child pornography and immigration prosecutions – as well as to present defenses to more novel prosecutions such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, etc. Additionally, Winning Strategies provided important guidance and insights concerning the new post-Booker sentencing landscape now facing federal defense attorneys. Participants received analysis of the Supreme Court's recent criminal law decisions and insights into that Court's pending criminal cases. They also head forecasts from the Sentencing Resource Counsel's representatives on proposed guideline amendments and learned strategies to better advocate for – and achieve – just sentences.

    The following Winning Strategies presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn't The Only Game in Town
    • Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Introduction to Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
    • Recurring Issues with Gangs, RICO and Dealing with Co-Defendants and Avoiding Guilt(y) by Association
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks
    • Determining "Crimes of Violence" & "Violent Felonies" 
    • The ABC’s of Computer Crimes' Forensics
    • Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys 
    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training (Fundamentals) was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who are new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients. It was offered concurrently with the first day of the Winning Strategies Seminar. After participating in the Fundamentals, attorneys were encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions which continued on Friday and Saturday.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded on February 10, 2011, and are available for viewing:
    • Bail Reform Act
    • Plea Negotiations and Proffers
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 12, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 58.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO The ABC
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    No single sentencing calculation inflicts more harm than a determination that a client’s previous conviction(s) qualifies as a "crime of violence" or "violent felony." Such a finding exposes the client to huge guideline offense-level enhancements and/or to increased statutory minimum sentences. But recent Supreme Court jurisprudence in Johnson, James, and Begay has significantly empowered defense counsel to combat these designations. This session will teach you how to determine whether a previous conviction actually qualifies as a crime of violence or violent felony and how to defend against any such erroneous characterization.


    These presentations were recorded February 10-12, 2011, during the Winning Strategies Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in San Antonio, Texas. Drawing its faculty from the ranks of federal judges, defenders and practitioners, the Winning Strategies Seminar presented legal techniques for use in securing pretrial, trial, sentencing and appellate relief in a wide variety of federal cases. Winning Strategies was a three day program which began on February 10 and concluded on February 12, 2011. The seminar employed both plenary and break-out instructional sessions to present "nuts and bolts" defenses to firearms, drugs, child pornography and immigration prosecutions – as well as to present defenses to more novel prosecutions such as mortgage fraud, identity-theft, etc. Additionally, Winning Strategies provided important guidance and insights concerning the new post-Booker sentencing landscape now facing federal defense attorneys. Participants received analysis of the Supreme Court's recent criminal law decisions and insights into that Court's pending criminal cases. They also head forecasts from the Sentencing Resource Counsel's representatives on proposed guideline amendments and learned strategies to better advocate for – and achieve – just sentences.

    The following Winning Strategies presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Other Computer Crimes - Child Pornography Isn't The Only Game in Town
    • Litigating Mitigating Factors: Departures, Variances, and Alternatives to Incarceration
    • Introduction to Defending Computer Based Child Pornography Cases
    • Recurring Issues with Gangs, RICO and Dealing with Co-Defendants and Avoiding Guilt(y) by Association
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks
    • Determining "Crimes of Violence" & "Violent Felonies"
    • The ABC's of Computer Crimes' Forensics
    • Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys 
    The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training (Fundamentals) was a full day program specifically designed for practitioners who are new to federal criminal defense practice. It provided the opportunity to receive instruction on the areas most vital to providing an effective defense for their clients. It was offered concurrently with the first day of the Winning Strategies Seminar. After participating in the Fundamentals, attorneys were encouraged to participate in the remaining Winning Strategies sessions which continued on Friday and Saturday.

    The following Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training Sessions were recorded on February 10, 2011, and are available for viewing:
    • Bail Reform Act
    • Plea Negotiations and Proffers
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: February 12, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 50.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Determining "Crimes Of Violence" & "Violent Felonies"
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    The Supreme Court's recent holding in Padilla v. The Commonwealth of Kentucky now means the lawyer for an alien charged with a crime has a constitutional obligation to tell the client that a guilty plea carries a risk that he will be deported. Yet, under what circumstances does this new constitutional obligation arise and to what degree must the criminal defense attorney delve into advising the client about civil immigration law? This session will help explain how attorneys can best handle not killing their client’s chances of remaining in the country and to what degree a criminal defense lawyer must take on the new role of Immigration Lawyer.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 23, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 70.00 hours Minutes

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    Collapse The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    Witnesses, including ones who provide identification, are highly susceptible to false memories based on suggestive police interviews and interrogations as well as the mere passing of time. Everyday people are called upon to identify your clients, clients provide confessions of alleged acts and witnesses take the stand to "recollect" - sometimes months, if not years, after the fact. Hear about important research and real-life cases to better understand the science of memory and how memory, by its nature, is malleable and reconstructive. It's not that memories or witnesses are "bad" per se, but instead the memories are simply false.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 23, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 51.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
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    Law enforcement's tracking of cell phones has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for both federal authorities and local police alike with hundreds of departments aggressively tracking cell phones with little to no court oversight. The practice of tracking cell phones and smartphones has become big business for companies with some carriers marketing a host of services to law enforcement for "surveillance fees." That smartphone in a client's pocket may be able to determine a suspect's location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services to inquiring law enforcement. Some in law enforcement describe these devices as"the virtual biographer of our daily activities" and yet, there are pitfalls, misleading data and misunderstood technology which may lead to erroneous conclusions by law enforcement and attorneys alike. This discussion will get attorneys started on learning the lay of the land and help attendees understand the issues, the technology and the problems with over reliance on these "virtual biographers."

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 23, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 60.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Where
    Collapse Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    This session will address making sure the Guideline calculations are correctly obtained. Even though we are trying to get away from the Guidelines, the Supreme Court has directed the sentencing judge to first correctly calculate the range. You do not want to get turned around and confused with the many factors which drive the Immigration Guidelines both up and down and start off on the wrong foot.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 23, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 58.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    Collapse Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    A lively romp through the fantastic possibilities of bringing your client's story to life during the sentencing phase. There are a variety of experts and tools you can use when emphatically telling the court about the mitigating factors which should result in your client's lower sentence. This well regarded presentation takes aim at opening your mind up to re-thinking strategies which may result in the court embracing your pitch for a variant/lesser sentence. Judges are repeatedly telling us they want more information and this session discusses that information and how to effectively present it.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 23, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 42.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    Collapse Plenary:  CJA Resources

    The CJA Guidelines specify how panel attorneys obtain funding for expert services and other resources to defend their clients in appointed criminal cases. This panel will help you make sense of it all. Learn some new ideas and tips on how to obtain technical and litigation-support funding and the best ways to use those funds. The panel will also explore potential roles of investigators, mitigation specialists and other experts, as well as resources available through www.fd.org and the Office of Defender Services Training Branch. This session offers CJA practitioners an opportunity to ask very knowledgeable and experienced panel experts/administrators any questions you have about CJA administrative policies.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:

    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 24, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 62.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Plenary:  CJA Resources
    Collapse Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government
    Before the government introduces "expert" testimony during a sentencing hearing or trial there are a number of effective and creative motions to bar the government from polluting your judge or jury with weak conclusions based on "junk science." The NAS has identified a number of suspect areas such as fingerprints, bite marks, ballistics and other trace evidence and attorneys need to attack early and often before the judge and jury gets polluted.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 24, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 62.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government
    Collapse Challenging Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    As per Rule 16, you have received laboratory reports and you know the government's expert is going to use these reports to hurt your client - what can you do? This session will detail how to meaningfully challenge the forensic evidence in your case by making specific discovery requests about the analyst, all information relied upon by the analyst in reaching a conclusion, manuals, protocols, databases, policies and accreditation of the lab and its personnel. Do not take these reports for granted and do not take them on face value - dig deeper and hear how to vigorously attack the government's conclusions.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 24, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 57.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Challenging Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    Collapse Plenary: Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, at 34.9%, immigration matters make up the largest category of federal prosecutions. With the new Padilla holding this area has not become easier. This comprehensive presentation will cover: Elements of Illegal Reentry Cases; Collateral Attacks on Unlawful Removal Orders as a Defense to Illegal Reentry; Getting Appointed on Illegal Reentry Cases; Interplay Between Illegal Reentry Defense & Reinstatement; Challenging Reinstatement in the Context of Criminal Cases; Reopening Immigration Cases; Understanding the A-File; and the Impact of Padilla.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 24, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 67.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Plenary: Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    Collapse Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    "Experts win cases" and thus, attorneys must consider using experts with every theory of defense when presenting their case to the jury. There simply are few better tools when convincing a jury than a well presented expert. In the alternative, when the government employs an expert a properly prepared defense attorney can turn the government’s devastating tool into a defendant's advantage. This session will look at how best to prepare and use experts, both pretrial and during trial, including admissibility of evidence, qualifying the expert to testify and taking the government"s key witness and turning him into their train wreck.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 24, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 61.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    Collapse Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    Trace evidence is often used to place your client at the scene of the crime or to put damning evidence in his hand. While there is much trace evidence to be had, fingerprints, firearm evidence and tool marks make up much of the evidence we have to worry most about. Learn how these examples of trace evidence are weak on their best days, their reliability has been attacked by academic groups, excluded by judges and how best to attack the government’s use of such evidence.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 24, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 70.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    Collapse Plenary: Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    Brainstorming the facts of a case, developing emotional themes and ending with a unified theory of defense is a key ingredient as trial attorneys create effective openings, directs, crosses and closings. A highly disciplined theory of defense is the key to developing all aspects of a trial and allows a focused performance rather than a trial which suffers from entropy, wanders off road and provides the jury with no emotional reason to acquit. This session will demonstrate the practice of brainstorming, developing emotional themes and arriving at a laser focused theory of defense which will better direct all aspects of a defendant's trial strategy.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 25, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 55.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Plenary: Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    Collapse Openings
    Some studies suggest that 80% of jurors will decide "guilty" or "not guilty"at the end of the opening statements so all defense attorneys must come out effectively swinging from the beginning. Opening statements are not mere recitations of "facts a jury will hear during a trial" or a time to introduce clients, attorneys and important players. Instead, an opening is a presentation where the defense attorney gets the chance to sear into the jurors’ minds an emotional theory of defense which will be front and center throughout the trial. Hear about the critical concepts of "primacy" and "recency," weaving your emotional theory of defense into your opening and getting the jury to follow the pro-defendant narrative throughout the trial.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 25, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 62.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Openings
    Collapse Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    It will be harder and harder to find a federal district court which is not already wired for the computerized presentation of demonstrative evidence and where large screens are not waiting for the fixated members of the jury. More and more attorneys are using computers to present evidence and jurors will be increasingly expecting, wanting and wishing for it. When properly utilized, the visuals provided by computerized presentations can be compelling and leave little room for confusion as attorneys present the finer points of their cases. See examples of several presentation softwares and how powerful they can be when used during openings, directs, crosses and closings.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 25, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 62.00 hours Minutes

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    Collapse Plenary: Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    While lawyers may not always agree on what is best, this discussion provides meaningful questions, good answers and make us all laugh about the trials and tribulations we often experience when trying to make even the most difficult clients happy - and all while making sure we meet our ethical obligations.

    These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.

    On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.

    The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
    • Padilla and Attorneys' Obligations When Advising Clients
    • The Science of False Recollection: Mistaken Memories and How to Attack Identification and Other Witness Memories
    • Where's Waldo?: Tracking People Using Their Cell Phones, IPADS, Blackberrys, GPS Enabled Gadgets and Other Devices
    • Sentencing Guideline Issues in Illegal Reentry Cases: Getting the Correct Guideline Calculations and Departures Your Client Deserves
    • Mitigation Experts/Tools/Tricks/Fireworks When Arguing for a Better Sentence
    • CJA Resources
    • Understanding the NAS Report and Filing Pre-Trial Motions to Attack the Government's Use of Expert Testimony
    • Laboratory Reports Received in Discovery
    • Critical Issues to Consider When Defending Immigration Matters
    • Experts: How to Use Them, Abuse Them and Keep Them Off The Stand
    • Attacking Trace Evidence Such as Fingerprints, Tool Marks and Firearm Matches
    • Developing a Theory and Theme Driven Trial Strategy
    • Openings
    • Computerized Presentations in the Courtroom
    • Ethical Issues Confronting Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: August 25, 2012
    Approved Credit:
  • DSOTD: 60.00 hours Minutes

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