11 - 16
Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 10:30 to Friday, September 16, 2022 - 15:00
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IN PERSON Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy (TSA)

Portland, Oregon

Registration is open for the 2022 Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy (TSA). We’re so pleased to offer this special program in-person after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. TSA will be held from Sunday, September 11-16, 2022, at the Portland Downtown Marriott Waterfront.

The skills-based Academy, in its 12th year, has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout trial. A very experienced and skilled faculty leads this program through a series of plenary sessions and workshops. Elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries. Participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.

Unique to this TD program, we hire actors to participate and role play in various small group sessions, giving the program a dynamic element. All participants are invited to bring their own cases, and they have the unique opportunity to dive deeply into their case and develop a litigation strategy with the assistance of fellow small group members and co-facilitators. On top of learning and building skills, consider it a rare opportunity for an intensive, 6-day brainstorm session.

Here is some feedback that we have received for TSA:

  • This program was amazing.
  • The court granted my motion to suppress. This is the case that I brought to the seminar that we all discussed in Indianapolis. I could tell you that many of the things I learned and that you guys help me with were used in the motion to suppress. I thank you from the bottom of my heart but more importantly my client thanks you.
  • My teachers were amazing. They focused on presentation tips (from posture to cadence) to substantive tips. They even strategized. All teachers came at each session from a different perspective and worked well together to teach the small groups how to be a better trial attorney. I really appreciate their dedication, time, and abilities.
  • This program made me cry and feel proud to be a lawyer.

TSA is designed for, and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. There is no tuition, and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. TSA will begin mid-morning Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, and will end the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Participants are expected to stay for the entire program.

For questions about the substance of the seminars, please contact Lisa Lunt at Lisa_Lunt@ao.uscourts.gov; for questions about registration or other logistics, please contact Cecilia Castro at Cecilia_Castro@ao.uscourts.gov.

A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.