November 2-3, 2017 CLE Training – Advanced Negotiation and Sentencing


November 2-3, 2017
Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, Room 1D
Denver, CO 80203

Cost: $40.00
Payment by Check to CJA Standing Committee
12 CLE Credits anticipated


Please mail payments to:
CJA Standing Committee, c/o Haddon, Morgan & Foreman,
150 E. 10th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

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2018 ADC Trial Advocacy

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  The Federal Public Defender and Office of the CJA Coordinating Attorney are once again partnering with Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel for the 2018 ADC Trial Advocacy Program, February 12-16, 2018.  We will be at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center with an amazing faculty from around the country.  The program is designed for ALL experience levels.  More advanced attorneys, and those who have been through an advocacy program, can participate in the Bring Your Own Case track (space limited).  Register NOW!

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BOP National Program Catalog

The Bureau of Prisons has a catalog of reentry programs available that is designed to provide information regarding programming that may be available and appropriate for your clients.  The catalog contains information regarding Program Description, Time Frame, Admission Criteria, Program Content, Empirical Support, Applicable Policies, and Institution Locations.  To access the catalog, CLICK HERE for the online version, or this link ( bopnationalprogramcatalog ) to access the catalog directly.

Immigration Assistance on CJA Cases

The Defender Services Office has a contractual relationship with Heartland Alliance, National Immigrant Justice Center to provide advice and assistance with our non-citizen clients.  The contacts there are Claudia Valenzuela, Associate Director of Litigation and Hena Mansori, Detention Project Supervising Attorney.  You can reach them at:


Phone:  (312) 660-1610


Please mark your calendars and guard these dates so that you can plan to join us for upcoming trainings aimed to improve your practice and refresh your skills.  These trainings will count toward your required training under the 2016 Model Plan.  If you are working toward a make up plan, the August 25th event will fall within that time frame.

August 25, 2017–Focus on the Client: From Advocacy to Ethics
Our clients are the central part of every case.  This training will explore how to best engage and interact clients under stressful conditions, trauma-informed practice, understanding the role of your client as an expert on themselves as a jumping off place for negotiation and variance motions, exploring false confessions with clients and attacking them in court, the ethics of client communication and more holistic defense and more.
September 1, 2017–People in Crisis (A Simulation and Discussion of Poverty)
The People in Crisis simulation is literally the most unique training that I have had an opportunity to participate in during my decade of training.  This simulation creates an actually opportunity to FEEL what it is like to try to navigate the system from the perspective of a person who – might not have a car, might not have a job, takes 3 buses in a snow storm after finding someone to watch their kids and scratches up enough money to take the  3rd drug test in a week or off to the slammer they go.  That is what the People in Crisis Simulation training is trying to achieve- a better understanding of poverty from a realistic human perspective.
September 28-29, 2017–10th Circuit Appellate Summit
This day and a half training will include a panel incorporating judges and clerks regarding practice preference, a tour of the 1oth Circuit Court, and teaching that will include writing stronger briefs, oral advocacy, plain error analysis and the pros and cons of Anders briefs as well as other hot topics. This training is a must for those doing federal appeals.
November 2-3, 2017–Advanced Negotiation and Sentencing Practice
Federal practice requires attorneys to negotiate pleas and advocate for fair and just sentences far more than state practice.  With that in mind, and the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines as a backdrop, this training will explore creative and persuasive ways to negotiate the best possible plea option for your client.  It will also present creative and effective ways to advocate at sentencing.
Watch your email and the website for registration opportunities and content updates.