Annual Federal Criminal Practice Seminar

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Annual Federal Criminal Practice Seminar


On April 6, 2107, CFACDL, along with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, will hold its annual Federal Criminal Practice Seminar. The seminar is a full day and will cover nationwide and Middle District federal criminal practice issues. The seminar will be held at the Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel, located at 191 East Pine Street, at the corner of Pine and Magnolia. This seminar is open to private attorneys, public defenders and CJA lawyers. If you are a CJA lawyer, this seminar will fulfill your yearly CJA CLE requirement for the Middle District of Florida.


The seminar will cover such topics such as:


  • Defending a Synthetic Drug Case in federal court;
  • Developing and Presenting PTSD mitigation at sentencing;
  • Managing Electronic Evidence in federal cases (qualifies for one hour of Technology credit);
  • Overview of Important Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit cases over the past year;
  • Successfully Litigating Your Case Through Pre-Trial Motions;
  • Analysis of the new sentencing guidelines, as well as a discussion of DOJ charging policies under the new administration; and
  • Effectively identifying and presenting mitigating evidence in your sentencing memorandum.


A copy of the Agenda is attached. The seminar is $125 per person and includes tuition to the seminar, written materials, as well as a CD containing numerous successful pleadings and orders filed in federal court. It also includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet, an afternoon snack and all beverages. We have applied for 8.0 hours of Florida Bar credit, including one technology credit.


If you are interested in attending, or if you have any questions, please email Margaret Bundy, CJA Panel Coordinator for the Middle District of Florida. Her email address is:


Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!
Jim Skuthan First Assistant

Federal Public Defender’s Office

Middle District of Florida