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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!


FDSDI is pleased to host two training events this spring. We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, April 10th from 1-4 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Carter/Keep Courthouse


Washington & Lee School of Law Clinical Professor John D. King (https://law.wlu.edu/faculty/permanent-faculty/jd-king) will be joining us to discuss ethical issues arising in the representation of mentally ill clients.  San Diego County Assistant Supervisor Public Defender Monique Carter will be joining us to discuss: “Opening Statements: Creative Storytelling, Credibility & Capturing Your Audience.”



FDSDI is a state bar approved MCLE provider.  This training will qualify for MCLE ethics education credit in the amount of 1.5 hours and MCLE general education credit in the amount of 1.5 hours.

Saturday, May 18th from 9-12:30 p.m. at California Western School of Law


Travis Sterns (director NLADA’s annual Appellate Defender Training Program) and Marilena David-Martin (Training Director at the State Appellate Defender Office in Michigan) will be joining us to discusshow the power of storytelling, the development of theories and themes, and the use of other writing tips can make motions, sentencing documents and briefs more persuasive.



FDSDI is a state bar approved MCLE provider.  This training will qualify for MCLE general education credit in the amount of 3 hours.


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