Scheduled Training Events

Thursday, November 14, 2019

CLE Second Amendment

The No-Longer Embarassing Second Amendment:Challenging Felon-In-Possesion Charges

Saturday, September 07, 2019

CJA Mandatory Training (PHX)

Phoenix FPD Office

09-07-19 CJA Mandatory Training - Presentations

  • Appellate Updates presentation by Elizabeth Kruschek and Michael Burke

  • “Filing a Notice of Appeal: Pitfalls and Pointers” presentation by Keith Hilzendeger

  • “Using Paralegals and Getting Paid” presentation by Kristine Fox, Jen Naegele and Kerry Reynolds

  • First Step and Guidelines by Jayme Feldman

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Now That Kennedy's Gone: Where is the Supreme Court Headed in Mathena v. Malvo and Other Eighth Amendment Cases?

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Presented by:

Keith Hilzendeger, Asst. Federal Public Defender

Presentation Details:

A live discussion of where the Eighth Amendment law might be headed in the Supreme Court in light of recent actions in capital cases like Bucklew v. Precythe and noncapital cases like the cert grant in Mathena v. Malvo, involving juvenile life without parole.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Taking Your First Steps: A Walk Through First Step Act Reform

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Presented by:

Jayme L. Feldman - Sentencing Resource Counsel Project, Federal Public and Community Defenders Office Washington, DC

Presentation Details:

The First Step Act is the recent legislation which makes significant changes in federal criminal practice, sentencing, and retroactive relief.  The presentation will cover topics such as: "Safety Valve" expanded, the 924(c)s unstacked and reform in "Good Time."  Jayme Feldman from the FPD Sentencing Resource Counsel Project will be presenting live to instruct and answer all our questions on how the First Step Act impact every aspect of our federal practice.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Incarceration and Conviction Alternatives Network (ICAN) Program

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Please join us for a CLE event (1.0 hour credit available) including an informational presentation and a question and answer session on the implementation of the Incarceration and Conviction Alternatives Network (ICAN) post-guilty plea diversion program that we will be rolling out soon here in the Tucson Division of the District of Arizona.


For more than a year, a committee comprised of the Hon. Rosemary Marquez, judicial staff, and representatives from Pretrial Services, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Public Defender have worked together to develop an Arizona post-guilty plea diversion program, inspired by the success of similar programs in other districts such as the Conviction and Sentence Alternatives (CASA) Program in the Central District of California, the Repair, Invest, Succeed, Emerge (RISE) Program in the District of Massachusetts, and the Pretrial Opportunity Program (POP) in the Eastern District of New York. The ICAN program is our result and we’re very excited to begin implementation.


In a nutshell, ICAN is a post-guilty plea diversion program with specific eligibility limitations as to defendants and case types, although we hope to expand the inclusiveness of the program over time. Participation is entirely voluntary, but requires eligible defendants who are selected for the program to enter guilty plea(s) to one or more of the criminal charges pending against them. The Court will make a final determination whether to accept the guilty plea(s) and plea agreement before the defendant can begin participation in the ICAN program.


If the Court approves the defendant’s participation in the ICAN program and accepts the guilty plea(s) and plea agreement, then the participant is placed under supervision by an ICAN Program Pretrial Services Officer (“ICAN PSO”) for at least one year and possibly as long as two years. The ICAN participant participates in drug and alcohol evaluations, and in any and all substance abuse and mental health treatment and testing recommended, including inpatient treatment at a residential center if needed. In addition, participants must also participate in programs designed to address underlying causes of criminal activity and to comply with all other conditions of post-guilty plea diversion that may be required by the plea agreements. If the defendant successfully completes the ICAN program, then, as specified in the plea agreement pursuant to which the defendant has entered the guilty plea(s), (1) those guilty plea(s) will be vacated and the criminal charges against the defendant in the case will be dismissed with prejudice, or (2), the defendant will receive a sentence that does not include a term of imprisonment.


We hope all available Tucson FPD and CJA attorneys will be able to join us – please feel free to bring your lunch to eat during the session.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Recent Developments in Federal Sentencing

11:00am - 12:00pm

Recent Developments in Federal Sentencing


Alan Dorhoffer, Deputy Director, Office of Education and Sentencing Practice, United States Sentencing Commission

Brenda Baldwin-White, Senior Judicial Education Attorney, Federal Judicial Center

Presentation Details:

Host Brenda Baldwin-White, Senior Judicial Education Attorney, talks with Alan Dorhoffer, deputy director of the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, about recent developments in federal sentencing.  The conversation includes a discussion of the sentencing issues involved in the FIRST STEP Act.  They will also cover the recent Supreme Court cases involving sentencing issues and Sentencing Commission's recent 2018 guideline amendments.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Firearms, Fingerprints and Fallacies: How to Beat a 922(g)

11:00am - 12:00pm

Firearms, Fingerprints, and Fallacies: How to beat a 922(g)


David Israel Wasserman, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles, CA

Presentation Details:

This one hour presentation will cover firearms, problems with fingerprints and the fallacies that can occur.  Discover the effects of negative fingerprints and why some fingerprints retain on some surfaces but not on others.  The presentation will not only give you CLE credit, it will give you the valuable information you need to help you beat a 922(g)

Friday, December 14, 2018

Checkpoints and the 4th Amendment: What Can Defense Lawyers Do?

12:00p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Checkpoints and the 4th Amendment: What Can Defense Lawyers Do? 

Walter Goncalves, Assistant Federal Defender, Tucson

This session will focus on developments leading up to U.S. v. Martinez-Fuerte, the 1976 Supreme Court decision that cemented the presence of checkpoints along the border and in the interior. Litigation tips and strategies will focus on 4th Amendment issues, including dog sniffs. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Copy Of -Medieval Origins of Criminal Law and Procedure: Ethics and the Game of Thrones

12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Medieval Origins of Criminal Law and Procedure: Ethics and the Game of Thrones

Presented by:
Jonathan Rose, Professor of Law & Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar Emeritus

Presentation Details:

This two hour talk provides CLE Ethics credits and discusses the history of criminal law and procedures in the Anglo-American legal system.  It shows how medieval and early modern practices are the source of many modern legal institutions.  The origins and development of criminal law and procedure owes much to competing legal ideologies, social developments, institutional interests, professional ethics, community norms, and political power.  Criminal trials and processes responded to changes in the later periods.  The result was a legacy still apparent in our criminal courts.

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