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    Sacramento panel training will be on break until January 21, 2015, when CJA Panel Attorney Scott Cameron will present on 17(c) subpoenas. In lieu of the November panel training, the Federal Bar Association and Eastern District Historical Society invite CJA attorneys to attend: The Investigation, Trial, and Aftermath of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski. District Judge Shubb will moderate the event, which will feature Judge Steve Lapham, former AUSA on this case; Quin Denvir, former Federal Defender; Terry Turchie, former FBI SA for the UNABOM Task Force; and Gary Wright, a Unabomber survivor. The program will take place on November 19, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse. A reception will follow. MCLE credits are available. Please email with any questions and to reserve a spot. Please note in your RSVP that you are a CJA Panel member.

    Fresno panel training will take place on November 18, 2014 (third Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. John Balazs will be presenting Litigating Mail and Wire Fraud Cases after U.S. v. Charikov, Cr. S. 12-0003 (E.D. Cal. 2014). The training will be held in the jury room of the U.S. District Court, 2500 Tulare St. in Fresno.


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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