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Community Education

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.

Community Resources

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!


FDSDI Presents: BOP Designation, Classification, and Programming
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. | 225 Broadway | Ste. 900 | San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


What you need to know about BOP Designation, Classification, and Programming to guide your client successfully through the PSI and beyond


Description: This 2-hour class presents information to help attorneys understand Bureau of Prison's policies so that they can understand, obtain and use data to develop sentencing strategies for their clients.  With the sentencing hearing as a focal point, we present strategies to help attorneys understand BOP Security Classification & Designation, Programs, BOP Policies, and Navigating the BOP Bureaucracy.
Many of the Bureau of Prisons decisions relating to inmates who first enter the prison system is the Presentence Report (PSR).  This class will help attorneys develop strategies to based on the PSR in order to achieve the best outcomes for clients.  This class will go into judicial recommendations that will help defendants lead a more productive life in, and after, prison.


1)      Achieve a better understanding of the Bureau of Prisons to get information to help clients
2)      Understand the BOP Security & Classification Process
3)      Understand which documents to request from the BOP and how to obtain them to help clients
4)      Understand how to make effective Judicial Recommendations
5)      Understand how BOP documentation affects the lives of the incarcerated defendant


Presentation Outline:
•       Designations (Navigating the Designation and Security Classification Center)
•       Unit Team and Structure of BOP to Understand Communication Chain of Command
•       Mining BOP Forms For Information
•       Medical Data
•       Disciplinary History
•       Educational Data
•       Transfer Referrals
•       Inmate Security Classifications
•       Medical Assessment, Classification and Designations
•       Gang Affiliation and Influences In Penitentiary Environment
•       Special Management Unit (SMU)
•       Inmates With Disabilities
•       2nd Chance Act and Getting More Halfway House
•       Sentencing and Re-Sentencing Case Study Overviews
•       U.S. vs Johnson
•       Inmate With Disabilities (transition into prison)
•       Achieving Better Security Classification For Client
•       Q&A


This training is open to all members of the San Diego federal criminal defense community.  It is free of charge.  FDSDI certifies that this session qualifies for MCLE general education credit in the amount of at least 2 hours.  FDSDI's provider number is 424.


FDSDI Presents: Negotiation and Litigation Strategies in Mandatory Minimum Drug Cases
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. | 225 Broadway | Ste. 900 | San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 12 PM to 1:30 PM


Please join FDSDI attorneys Michelle Betancourt and Timothy Garrison as they discuss defending mandatory minimum drug cases.  

This presentation will also feature a discussion with Devin Burstein (www.warrenburstein.com) of the nuts and bolts of objecting to 21 U.S.C. § 851 enhancements, including an emphasis on the practical application of the modified categorical approach to alleged predicate California drug convictions.


This event is free of charge and is open to all members of the San Diego federal criminal defense community.  FDSDI certifies that this activity qualifies for MCLE general education credit in the amount of 1.5 hours. FDSDI is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, no. 424.



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