Sacramento panel training will take place
on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:00
p.m., when Federal Defender Heather
Williams will present on "Privilege
and Privacy." The training will
focus on protecting our client's privacy,
fulfilling our obligations, and not
infringing on others' privacy rights. The
training will take place at the jury
meeting room on the 4th floor of the
Federal Courthouse, 501 I St. The MCLE
will qualify for credit in Ethics.
Fresno panel training will take place on
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
at the Federal Courthouse in Fresno.
Representatives from the Delancey Street
Foundation and Rehabilitation Consultant
Kathy Grinstead will present on
"Delancey Street and Other
Alternatives to the BOP."
WHAT IS CJA?
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 Defenders Sacramento panel
administrator, Kurt Heiser, can be reached at
(916) 498-5700 and the Fresno panel
administrator, Connie Garcia, can be reached at
The Federal Defenders 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
- Training Handouts (see
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.