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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!





Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. will be hosting training for the local federal criminal defense bar on June 18, 2016 in the Moot Court Room at the California Western School of Law. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. The lectures will run from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cal Western has a limited number of spots. To preregister, please send an email to CJARegistration@fdsdi.com.


Our first speaker will be L. Song Richardson. She will discuss Implicit Bias in Criminal Defense.

Before becoming a professor at UC Irvine School of Law, Professor Richardson was both a state and federal public defender. Her interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the legal and moral implications of mind sciences research on policing and criminal procedure. Professor Richardson's scholarship has been published by law journals at Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, Southern California, and Minnesota, among others. Her article, "Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment" was selected as a "Must Read" by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Her co-edited book, The Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.


Our second speaker is Matt Rubenstein. Mr. Rubenstein serves as National Capital Resource Counsel with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project. In that capacity, he provides training, consultation, and support to attorneys in Federal Defender organizations and CJA panel attorneys appointed to represent persons charged with capital crimes in federal districts across the United States. He also provides direct representation in federal capital cases. Mr. Rubenstein has served as counsel in death penalty cases in state or federal courts in Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Missouri. He has conducted Morgan method life-qualification voir dire in over a dozen capital cases, provided case consultations to capital defense teams in jurisdictions across the United States, and lectures frequently on death penalty litigation, capital voir dire, and criminal justice issues. Prior to his Capital Resource Counsel position, Rubenstein was the founding director of the Oregon Capital Resource Center, a senior staff attorney at the Georgia Capital Defender, and counsel at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. He has also worked as a public defender at the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon and the Seattle-King County Defender Association. Mr. Rubenstein is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University.


Federal Defenders is an MCLE provider. MCLE credit in the amount of 2.75 hours (including 1.5 Hours of Elimination of Bias) credit will be provided.



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