2023
Apr
20 - 22
Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 08:30 to Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 12:30
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IN-PERSON - Trial Skills Workshop / Crimes Decoded: Emerging Digital Litigation Technology Strategies

San Francisco, CA
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Crimes Decoded explores the intersection of digital technology and zealous advocacy in criminal cases. We aim to increase understanding and inspire CJA lawyers and Federal Public Defenders to think innovatively about how to litigate issues surrounding the digital technology that increasingly permeates their cases. We aim to build lawyers' confidence to use traditional advocacy skills with a new understanding of the potential challenges to the technology that law enforcement is using. With knowledge and skills, we can be successful in all phases of representation. 

The program is a skills-based workshop. The expectation is that participants spend much of the workshop on their feet practicing their advocacy skills. Participants are divided into small groups that will practice the skills necessary to effectively exclude, explain, and/or persuade a Judge or Jury about the technology utilized.  Lectures and demonstrations of these skills supplement and inform the small group workshops. The program consists of 10 plenary presentations, 5 workshop sessions, 2 demonstrations, and two optional events: (1) a "happening hour" where we invite participants to seek advice on any active cases from our experienced faculty, and an optional social gathering; and (2) a 75 minute lunch session for CJA attorneys titled "Vouch for your Voucher" which will focus on court rules for submitting expert requests to the court and best practices for submitting persuasive requests.

Because of the hands-on format of this workshop, attendance will be limited, and each participant must apply to be accepted to the program by completing the registration.  Completed registration applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions. Additional CLE information will be available after the conclusion of this program.

This program was originally scheduled for Oct. 13-15, 2022, but was rescheduled for technical reasons.  We anticipate re-opening registration before October 17, 2022, incuding offering financial assistance to a limted number of applicants.