Defending a Federal Criminal Case 2019


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Commerce Tower Conference Room

1000 Walnut Street - 6th Floor

Kansas City, MO 64106

Training Date: 
October 11, 2019
Training Location: 
Commerce Tower Conference Room 6th Floor
Training Event Handouts: 

Oct 11 2019

8:15 am - 8:45 am Registration
Session Handout(s):
8:45 am - 9:45 am Challenging Drug Predicates
Does it seem like nothing is a crime of violence but everything is a controlled substance offense? In this session, we will share legal challenges to the characterization of offenses as controlled substance offenses (Guidelines), serious drug felonies (851), and serious drug offenses (ACCA). More ways to save your client years, even decades, in prison.
Speaker(s): Kara Hartzler, Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
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10:00 am - 11:15 am Jury Selection Practice
This session will focus on innovative ways to ignite rich discussion about unconscious bias during voir dire. These skills will be illustrated through a voir dire case study that is transforming jury education and voir dire discussions on race.
Speaker(s): Kyana Givens, Visiting Attorney Advisor, DSO, Training Division
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11:15 am - 1:00 pm Lunch - on your own
Session Handout(s):
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Charm School and Ethics: How charm school principles can make you a more ethical lawyer in Missouri
This is an hour overview of ethical concepts relating to civility, communication, confidences, files, and competence. It is based on the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct and the Formal and Information Opinions of Missouri’s Advisory Committee as well as ABA standards and guidance from other states.
Speaker(s): Elizabeth Ford, Community Defender, Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm Applying the Relevant Conduct Guidelines Scenarios
Run through a variety of based-on-true-stories scenarios, and cast your vote for how and whether certain conduct is included in guideline calculations as the dreaded “relevant conduct.” You may be surprised how often you should win these arguments!
Speaker(s): Rosie Brown
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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit Case Law Update
A presentation highlighting recent Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit cases that are significant to federal criminal practice. You’ve seen the slip opinions, you’ve read the summaries. Now find out how to put that information to use for your clients, and start predicting what the next round of decisions will hold.
Speaker(s): Nova Janssen, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Des Moines, IA