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    Sacramento panel training will return on September 17, 2014 (third Wednesday) at 5:00 p.m. in the jury lounge on the fourth floor of the U.S. District Court, 501 I St. The panel attorneys from United States v. Charikov. et al., will be presenting lessons and strategies learned from their recent jury acquittal. Please join Toni Carbone, John Balazs, Tim Pori and Dan Koukol for their presentation and discussion on mortgage fraud trial strategy.

    Fresno panel training will return on September 16, 2014 (third Tuesday). Hanni Fakouri, esq., from the Electronic
    Frontier Foundation will be presenting on Government Surveillance of Cell Sites. The training will be held in the jury room of the U.S. District Court, 2500 Tulare St. in Fresno.

    Thirteenth Annual Federal Defenders Golf Tournament.
    When: September 12, 2014 at 1 :30 pm (modified shotgun start)
    Where: Teal Bend Golf Club, 7200 Garden Hwy, Sacramento
    How Much: $85 for golf, range balls, cart, dinner, and prizes!
    For questions, playing partners, and special menu needs, please contact Henry Hawkins at! All skill levels are welcome.


The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) provides for legal services for any person charged with a federal offense who is financially unable to obtain adequate representation. If the court determines that a person is eligible for appointment of counsel, either the Federal Public Defender or an attorney in private practice compensated under the CJA Plan is appointed. The Federal Public Defender is appointed to represent approximately 75% of the financially eligible federal defendants in the Eastern District of California. The remaining eligible defendants are represented by private attorneys who have qualified for appointment under the Criminal Justice Act panel. Attorneys selected for the federal panel must have demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, Sentencing Guidelines and the Local Rules. The application form and further information are set forth below. The Federal Defender’s Sacramento panel administrator, Kurt Heiser, can be reached at (916) 498-5700 and the Fresno panel administrator, Connie Garcia, can be reached at (559) 487-5561.

The Federal Defender’s Offices in Sacramento and Fresno hold training programs for the attorneys who are on the federal CJA panel and provide Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits for each seminar. There is no fee to attend and sessions are normally held in Sacramento on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in
the jury room on the fourth floor of the federal courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento, and in Fresno on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the jury room of the U.S. District Court, 2500 Tulare St. in Fresno.

Forms for the use of our panel attorneys are set forth below.


  • Training Handouts (see secured documents)

1 Secured Documents are available only to CJA Panel attorneys, please contact Kurt Heiser at 916-498-5700 or fill out the CJA Application under Public Documents.


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