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!
FDSDI's Annual Trial Skills Training Saturdays
When: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Where: California Western School of Law
Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.; Lecture will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m.
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., is pleased to announce that our first trial skills lecturer on Saturday, April 5, 2014, will be Lisa Monet Wayne. Ms. Wayne is an attorney in private practice in both state and federal courts around the country. She is also "Of Counsel" to Gerash and Steiner P.C. in Denver, Colorado. She represents individuals and corporations in both the investigation phase and criminally accused capacity. Previously, Ms. Wayne was a Colorado State Public Defender for 13 years where she served as office head, training director, and senior trial attorney. She lectures nationally with NACDL, National Criminal Defense College, National Institute of Trial Advocates, American Bar Association, and other legal organizations. Ms. Wayne is currently an adjunct law professor at the University of Colorado where she teaches trial advocacy, and she serves on faculty at the Trial Practice Institute at Harvard Law School, The National Criminal Defense College, and Cardoza Law School. Ms. Wayne is an advocate in all venues of the media addressing important issues confronting the criminally accused. She is a legal analyst for numerous media outlets including, ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox regarding high profile cases around the country. She is frequently quoted in print media such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, and the AP wire. Ms. Wayne testified before the United States Sentencing Commission in 2012 against the implementation of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines as mandatory. In 2005, Wayne was honored with the Robert J. Heeney Award, NACDL's most prestigious recognition. Wayne is the Past President of NACDL, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Member of the Indigent Defense Task Force, member of the Budget Committee, and Executive Committee of NACDL.
To register: please send an email to CJAregistration@fdsdi.com.
This event is free of charge and open to the San Diego criminal defense community. A light, complimentary continental breakfast will be served.
FDSDI is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, no. 424. FDSDI certifies that this lecture qualifies for general education MCLE in the amount of 1.5 hours.
SAVE-THE-DATE - The next trial skills lecture will be held on Saturday, May 31st. Speakers and topics to be announced soon.