Federal Public Defender


Northern District of California


Northern District of California ADP / Mentorship Training

Oakland Federal Public Defender's Office


April 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Light Refreshments Will Be Served
(MCLE Credit Will Be Available)

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.                 Getting Started on a Federal Criminal Case, including Bail
                                                                   Presented by Daniel Blank and Geoff Hansen

While not as glamorous as major motions and trial, the initial appearances in a federal criminal case are extremely important. In particular, whether your client gets released on bail will affect nearly every other aspect of the case. We will cover the Bail Reform Act and strategies for gaining pretrial release, as well as other topics such as arraignments, the Speedy Trial Act and initial discovery.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.                The Ethical Duty of Candor
                                                      Presented by Steven Kalar and Carmen Smarandoiu

Our duties of loyalty and confidentiality to our clients are paramount in our minds as criminal defense lawyers. They are not our only ethical duties, however. Potentially standing in tension with our duties to our client is our duty of candor as officers of the court. We will discuss how to navigate these sometimes competing duties while providing vigorous representation of our clients
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.      Johnson and the Categorical / Modified Categorical Approach  

                                                                        Presented by Ned Smock and Grace DiLaura

Federal sentencing depends upon the prior convictions of your client. If any such conviction constitutes a "crime of violence" or "drug trafficking crime" your client may be looking at a severely enhanced sentence. Determining whether your client has a qualifying prior conviction can be confusing even to the experienced practitioner, particularly in light of recent Supreme Court cases. We will cover the Categorical / Modified Categorical Approach through recent Supreme Court cases Descamps and Johnson.