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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 May 7, 2016, in the Auditorium 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 speakers will be Alan Ellis and J. Michael Henderson on the topic of BOP issues. Alan Ellis is a long-time federal practitioner in private practice, past-president of NACDL and co-wrote the book Federal Prison Guidebook: Sentencing and Post-Conviction Remedies. He is a nationally-recognized expert on BOP issues. Michael Henderson is a former BOP employee who served in many capacities in various federal prisons. He works with Alan Ellis as a federal prison consultant. Both will discuss issues related to designation, best practices for getting clients into programs and the like.


Following the BOP discussion we will host a second presentation that will focus on reentry issues for our clients. The United States Probation Office has formed a Re-entry Team and members from that team will discuss how we can best prepare our clients for their transition out of prison, and what programs and services are available for their transition.


Federal Defenders is an MCLE provider and general MCLE credit in the amount of approximately 2.5 hours will be provided.



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