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!
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. will be hosting a training with NACDL's Indigent Defense Training and Reform Director Colette Tvedt (please go to www.nacdl.org) on "99 Problems and the Feds Ain't One: Selective Enforcement and Racial Profiling" and a training with San Diego County Assistant Public Defender Richard Gates on "What To Do When Your Client HAS to Testify," or "Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation."
This training will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in the Auditorium at California Western School of Law. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. The lectures will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is now open. Please send an email to: CJARegistration@fdsdi.com to preregister for this event.
This training is free-of-charge and open to the San Diego criminal defense community. FDSDI is a state bar certified MCLE provider, no. 424. FDSDI certifies that this session will qualify for MCLE credit in the amount of at least three hours: 1.5 hours general education credit and 1.5 hours specialty credit in recognition and elimination of bias in the legal profession and society by reason of, but not limited to, sex, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical disability, age, or sexual orientation.
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. will be hosting its annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. The lectures will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This seminar will be held in the Auditorium at California Western School of Law. Registration will open in September. This training is free-of-charge and open to 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 yet to be determined.
As more information about this event becomes available, it will be posted here.