TRIAL SKILLS WORKSHOP II: CRIMES DECODED:  Emerging Digital Technology Litigation Strategies

TRIAL SKILLS WORKSHOP II: CRIMES DECODED: Emerging Digital Technology Litigation Strategies

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The Training Division (TD) of the Federal Defender Services Office (DSO) and the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law have partnered to create this unique and cutting-edge Trial Skills Workshop II called CRIMES DECODED: EMERGING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY LITIGATION STRATEGIES. This is a brand new program that explores the intersection between digital technology and criminal investigations. We aim to increase understanding and inspire CJA lawyers and Federal Public Defenders to think innovatively about how to litigate issues surrounding the digital technology that increasingly permeates our cases. We want to build lawyers’ confidence to use traditional advocacy skills with a new understanding about the vulnerability of the technology that the government relies on. Although criminal investigations are changing by using artificial intelligence-based decision making, the same skills and questions we have always utilized in criminal defense work can be adapted to emerging digital technology today. This workshop will “decode” the technology and increase your advocacy skills.

The program is a skills-based workshop. The expectation is that participants spend most of the workshop on their feet practicing their advocacy skills. During the small-group sessions, we will pair technologists and other digital technology subject matter experts with experienced and highly skilled trial lawyers and DSO/TD faculty members. The plenaries will give substantive background, and the small group sessions will involve harnessing that knowledge in concrete skills exercises. The skills learned are not limited to the trial setting; they also target other hearings like bail, contested evidentiary, Daubert and SR violation hearings. Participants are divided into small groups to practice the skills necessary to effectively exclude, explain, and/or persuade a Judge or Jury about the technology utilized. Lectures and demonstrations of these skills supplement and inform the small group workshops. The draft agenda for this program can be viewed on

This program will be at the Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA 94607, from Thursday, September 5 to Saturday, September 7, 2019. We anticipate opening registration for TSW II very soon. We will cap attendance at 70 participants and each participant must apply to be accepted to the program. When this program opens for registration, completed applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.


  • When

  • Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Saturday, September 7, 2019
    8:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    Central Time

  • Where

  • Oakland Marriott City Center
    1001 Broadway
    Oakland, California 94607
    (510) 451-4000

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