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    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."


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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