Southern District of Texas
How Charm School Can Make You a More Ethical Lawyer
CJA Panel Training
Tuesday, April 19, 2022


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.


Elizabeth Ford is the Community Defender for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is a recognized expert on ethics as well as on standards for ethical and zealous advocacy in federal court. Lunch will be provided for all who register by April 15, 2022.


The session will address several ethical issues that frequently arise in criminal defense. Among the issues to be discussed are confidentiality, civility, communications, social media, and records.



How Charm School Can Make You a More Ethical Lawyer
Elizabeth Ford - Federal Community Defender, Easter District of Tennesee
Presentation Slides

(1.0 Ethics) CLE Hrs.


The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has approved this seminar for 1.0 ethics hours of CLE credit (Course No. 174152089). There is no cost for participants or for those attorneys wishing to apply for the CLE credit. If you have any questions, contact Dora Madrigal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This presentation will be held both in-person at the Bob Casey United States Courthouse in Courtroom 11-B at 12:00pm, and again over Zoom at 2:00pm.  Below are registration links for both sessions.  Please register for the session you would like to attend.


This seminar is for attorneys eligible or seeking to become eligible to take CJA appointments.