FDSDI provides training programs for local criminal defense practitioners on all aspects of federal trial practice and federal substantive law throughout the year. These programs are free-of-charge and FDSDI is an approved provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits. Many program participants belong to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, which consists of attorneys in private practice who are appointed to accept federal criminal cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Throughout the spring, FDSDI invites the federal indigent defense community to a series of Saturday and weekday training sessions. FDSDI's Saturday training sessions typically feature renowned criminal defense practitioners who lecture on federal criminal trial practice. Weekday sessions tend to cover new developments in federal law or focus on discreet areas of federal criminal practice and procedure.
FDSDI's Annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar is generally held each fall and attendance is required for all attorneys seeking initial appointment to the CJA Panel in the Southern District of California. Presentations include: district court and magistrate court judges speaking on practice in federal court, CJA panel attorneys speaking on CJA practices and procedures, and FDSDI attorneys providing substantive federal law updates. The agenda and registration information are posted on our website approximately one month before the seminar.
Federal Defenders makes available access to our motions bank for all CJA panel attorneys. Our motions bank contains the most up-to-date motions on a variety of issues in federal criminal court practice. We also have informative handouts on the jury selection practices of all our judges here in the Southern District of California. Be sure to contact our "Help Attorney" at 619-234-8467 before your next federal jury trial!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR UPCOMING 2016 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT SEMINAR!
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. will be hosting its annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the Auditorium at California Western School of Law. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.; lectures will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This year's seminar will include speakers from our local federal bench, lectures on motions in limine, discussion on the new 1326 guidelines, updates on 9th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court law and more, as well as closing remarks by United States District Judge Mark Bennett, No. District of Iowa.
This training is free-of-charge and open to all members of the San Diego criminal defense community. FDSDI is a state bar certified MCLE provider, no. 424. This event will qualify for general education credit in an amount of 4.75 hours and an additional 1.25 in Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession.
Click the follwing link (PDF) to download the seminar agenda.
To preregister, please send an email to CJARegistration@fdsdi.com.