Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 02:00
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Conditionally Speaking: Challenging Standard and Special Conditions of Supervised Release

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EST)

Although mandatory in fewer than half of cases, most defendants convicted in federal court will receive terms of supervised release in addition to their sentences of imprisonment. The conditions of supervised release imposed at sentencing will have a tremendous impact on the defendant's life after release from imprisonment but most are vague, overly broad, ambiguous, and unnecessary. This session will demonstrate how to successfully challenge both standard and special conditions of supervised release in the district court and on appeal. 

NOTE: This program was originally scheduled for Dec. 1, 2021 for was rescheduled to Dec. 8, 2021 at the same time.  


Johanna M. Christiansen is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Central District of Illinois. She has been with the office since 2001, primarily working as an appellate attorney and Appellate Division Chief. In addition to representing her clients in the Seventh Circuit, Ms. Christiansen writes the Case Law Update from her office which summarizes recent developments in criminal law in the Seventh Circuit and United States Supreme Court. She authors several publications for the office including the "Handbook for Criminal Appeals in the Seventh Circuit." She also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to obtaining her position with the Federal Public Defender, she served as an appellate law clerk to the late Honorable Daryl L. Hecht of the Iowa Court of Appeals (later of the Iowa Supreme Court). Ms. Christiansen received her J.D. from Drake University School of Law and her B.A. from St. Olaf College.

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.