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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!





Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is pleased to present . . . a four-part series on defending 1326 cases. Most of the trainings will be geared to 1326(d) motions work, but there will be a citizenship training and sentencing issues covered as well. The last three trainings—in particular—are meant to build on each other.

Session I - Citizenship Defenses: Investigating Citizenship Claims
July 13, 2016 - 12-1:15 p.m. FDSDI 9th Floor Large Conference Room


Session II- Categorical Approach in 1326 Practice: Assessing Prior Convictions For (d) Issues

(This session will also include an outline of upcoming USSG 2L1.2 changes.)

July 27, 2016 - 3:30-5 p.m. FDSDI 9th Floor Large Conference Room


Session III- (d) Motions Part I: Attacking IJ Removals
August 10, 2016 – 12-1:30 p.m. FDSDI 9th Floor Large Conference Room


Session IV- (d) Motions Part II: Attacking Admin Removals and Expedited Removals

(This session will also discuss challenging removal orders at sentencing.)
August 24, 2016– 12-1:30 p.m. FDSDI 9th Floor Large Conference Room


All training sessions will be held in the 9th floor large conference room of FDSDI. If you would like to attend, please send an email to CJARegistration@fdsdi.com and let us know which sessions you will be attending.
FDSDI is a California State Bar approved MCLE provider, no. 424. Session I will provide 1.25 hours of general education MCLE credit. Sessions II-IV will provide 1.5 hours of general education MCLE credit.




FDSDI's Annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at California Western School of Law. More information will be added here as it becomes available. But get the date on your calendar now, you won't want to miss out!




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