24 - 26
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 08:30 to Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 01:00
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Trial Skills Workshop III - Crimes Decoded: Emerging Digital Technology Litigation Strategies

San Francisco, CA
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Trial Skills Workshop III focuses on Litigation Strategies for Emerging Digital Technology’s impact on Criminal Cases.  This iteration in our Trial Skills Workshop series explores the intersection of digital technology and criminal investigations. 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 our cases. We want to build lawyers’ confidence to use traditional advocacy skills with a new understanding of the vulnerability of the technology that the government relies on.  Although criminal investigations are changing by using artificial intelligence-based decision making, the same skills and questions we have always utilized in criminal defense work can be adapted to emerging digital technology today.  This workshop will “decode” the technology and increase your advocacy skills.  The program is a skills-based workshop. The expectation is that participants spend much of the workshop on their feet practicing their advocacy skills. The skills learned are not limited to the trial setting; they are geared toward other hearings like bail hearings, evidentiary hearings, Daubert and SR violation hearings. Participants are divided into small groups to 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.

Attendance will be capped at 70 participants, and each participant must apply to be accepted to the program.  Completed applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Registration will open in late Spring.