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Training Calendar

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!



Wednesday, May 23, 2018
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jury Lounge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Please join FDSDI and AFD Dumaka Shabazz for a lecture on "Storytelling through Impeachment" & "Navigating the Ethics of Social Media." Dumaka Shabazz is an Assistant Federal Public Defender based in Nashville, Tennessee, where he represents clients charged with fraud, terrorism, white-collar and  large-scale narcotics crimes. Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office in 2010, Mr. Shabazz was a criminal defense attorney in private practice for six years. He began his legal career in the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted criminal cases through negotiation, motions practice and trials, and participated in numerous jury trials involving crimes from DUI to homicide. While in private practice, Mr. Shabazz was chosen as Best of the Bar by his peers twice for his high level of criminal representation. He also teaches Trial Advocacy and Vanderbilt University College of Law. Mr. Shabazz has served and continues to serve as faculty at the Baby Defender College, which is a week-long training seminar for newly hired federal public defenders. In addition to his career, Mr. Shabazz is active in the community. He was a founding member of the Gentleman’s Academy, which is a six month intensive rites of passage program for young men. He also teaches a series called “Real Talk” at a local high school.


Training Calendar

FDSDI is a state bar approved MCLE provider, no. 424.  This talk will qualify for 1.5 hours of general MCLE and 1.5 hours of specialty MCLE  in ethics.  This event is free of charge and open to the local federal criminal defense community. 


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