Southern District of Texas
Criminal Justice Act Panel Training
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Cameron County Courthouse
974 E Harrison Street
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Tuesday, July 31, 2018


The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) provides for the appointment of counsel in criminal cases to persons who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a). In the Southern District of Texas, in cases where the Federal Public Defender has not been appointed to represent a defendant who is entitled to the assistance of appointed counsel, individual defense attorneys are chosen from a federal panel. The Federal Public Defender is charged with assuring that members of the CJA panel are familiar with federal criminal practice.


This seminar will address the federal Sentencing Guidelines affecting illegal re-entry cases. These offenses are the most frequently prosecuted in the Southern District of Texas.



11:30 - 12:00 Registration (CLE HRS)
12:00 - 1:00 The Illegal Reentry Guidelines
Sandra Zayas, Branch Chief, Asst Federal Public Defender, Southern District of TX
Arturo Vasquez, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Southern District of TX


Approved for 1.0 hours of CLE credit by the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department. (Course No. 174021751) This seminar is for attorneys eligible or seeking to become eligible to take CJA appointments and to the general bar.