2019 Law & Technology Series: Tchniques in Elecronic Case Management, September 19-21, 2019, Charleston, SC

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), Defender Services Office, Training Division (DSOTD) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Law and Technology Series: Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop (TECM). The workshop will be held September 19-21, 2019 at the Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District on 560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403, where a favorable hotel rate has been obtained.


This hands-on workshop is designed for, and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys, their staff and federal defender staff. There is no tuition, and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. The Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop will begin Thursday morning, September 19th, and end by mid-day on Saturday, September 21st. For questions about the substance of the Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop, please contact George Couture at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions about registration or other logistics should also be directed to George Couture.


A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. A financial assistance application is linked below and available on the training page of our web site, https://www.fd.org, where interested people can also register. You can also register by visiting http://www.cvent.com/d/vyq2jv


To best participate at this program, all attendees are required to provide their own laptop computer and strongly encouraged to bring their own case materials (hearing/trial, small/large). All applicants are required to fill-out and submit a short skill set survey within one week of registering for the workshop. NOTE: The litigation support software programs used in this workshop are designed to work on Windows operating systems (as opposed to Mac). If accepted, you must bring a laptop running Windows, or a Mac laptop running a virtualized copy of Windows.


In the digital era, knowledge about managing, reviewing, and analyzing electronic discovery or voluminous discovery is a critical skill for criminal defense attorneys. In fact, the first principle of the national joint electronic discovery protocol developed by representatives of the Department of Justice, Federal Public Defenders, CJA panel attorneys, and the Defender Services Office reflects this trend in the law: “[l]awyers have a responsibility to have an adequate understanding of electronic discovery.” Office of the U.S. Courts Joint Working Grp. on Elec. Tech. in the Criminal Justice Sys., Recommendations for Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Discovery Production in Federal Criminal Cases Recommendations 2 (2012). The ABA has adopted this position. See Commentary to Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.1.


The Techniques in Electronic Case Management Workshop exposes CJA panel attorneys and FDO staff to the legal, strategic, and technological considerations involved with electronic and/or voluminous discovery. This two-and-a-half-day program uses a combination of plenary presentations and small group, hands-on instruction. Besides gaining an understanding of the legal, practical, and technological considerations in these types of federal criminal cases, participants will learn basic and advanced features of three litigation support software programs (Adobe Acrobat Pro, dtSearch, and CaseMap/TimeMap suite). Attendees will better understand how legal litigation support programs work, and how to coordinate thoughtful workflow processes with co-counsel, staff, and potential vendors. They will also improve their overall ability to master case information, in order to better prepare a defense.


A draft agenda is linked below and also available on www.fd.org.


Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this workshop will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.


Finally, as a reminder, we encourage all CJA practitioners to visit www.fd.org for the latest news and legal developments that impact our clients and to find helpful program materials from past seminars.


Draft Agenda

Financial Assistance