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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's Annual Trial Skills Training Saturdays


When: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Where: California Western School of Law, 3rd Floor Auditorium
Time: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.; Lecture will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon.


Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., is pleased to announce that Todd Bussert (www.frostbussert.com) and Brian White (www.sandiegocriminalattorney.com) will be joining us on May 31st as part of our Spring Training Program. Todd Bussert will be speaking on the BOP issues and Brian White will be lecturing on Cross-Examination.


Todd Bussert is a committed advocate who practices in the areas of federal criminal defense, Connecticut criminal defense, criminal appeals and post-conviction matters, federal sentencing and federal Bureau of Prisons issues. He has represented individuals at the trial level charged with major felony offenses including mail and wire fraud, capital felony murder, racketeering (RICO), violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VCAR), narcotics trafficking, possession of child pornography, and sexual assault, as well as other serious felonies and misdemeanors. Todd has briefed and argued direct appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Sixth Circuits as well as before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court. He has also been involved in several hundred state and federal sentencings, either as lead counsel or as a consultant. And he has more than 15 years' experience addressing issues related to the federal Bureau of Prisons.


After graduating from law school, Todd provided sentencing and post-conviction consultation services through the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA). He left NCIA in 2001 and established a practice that centers primarily on federal trial, appellate and post-conviction representation. Todd is active in sentencing and prison matters. In addition to assisting other attorneys in their representation of clients facing disposition in both state and federal courts nationwide, Todd has written and spoken extensively on these issues. He is past co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Corrections Committee and of the American Bar Association's Corrections & Sentencing Committee, and he is a member of the Sentencing Commission's Practitioners' Advisory Group. Todd has also served as a Co-Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, supervising students participating in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization's criminal defense clinic.


Brian White graduated from Pepperdine Law School in 1991 and then returned to his hometown of San Diego to open his own firm. He soon found his calling in Criminal Defense and has devoted his career to defending people facing criminal charges. Brian honed his trial skills by attending numerous seminars, workshops, and trial skills academies. He has taken many cases to trial, ranging from misdemeanors—such as driving under the influence—to serious felonies—including sex crimes, drug crimes, and murder cases. He personally handles each of his cases and takes pride in obtaining the best possible results for his clients. Brian practices in both State and Federal court and has been admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Brian has been certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization. The prestigious peer-review firm, Martindale Hubbell, has awarded Brian its highest rating: AV. Brian has also been recognized by Super Lawyers as being among the top 5% of lawyers in San Diego.


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 3 hours.


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