Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Fourth Year of Second Chair

We are wrapping up our third year-long term of the Second Chair Program, and preparing for the fourth class. The Second Chair Program is a FPD training and mentoring program for attorneys who want to practice in federal court or apply for the CJA panel, but may lack the requisite experience. 

As we become more experienced in presenting and organizing the program, we realized that we need to make some adjustments. First, the program will be 18 months rather than 12--there is just too much to cover and our guest speakers have been incredibly generous with their time and knowledge. Second, we can only offer the program in one city at a time; two venues are simply more than our staff and resources can cover. So this coming year, it will be in Wichita.  

Otherwise, the fourth class will operate much the same as the previous three. The program includes an intensive monthly orientation that covers all phases of a federal criminal case and sentencing guideline workshops. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for continued participation in the program and for consideration for panel appointment. 


Each participant will be assigned to a more experienced mentor attorney to shadow on selected cases. Participants should plan to commit about 8-10 hours per month. Materials and compensation ($70 per hour) are provided courtesy of the Bench-Bar Committee. Participants may also be requested to assist current FPD clients, pro bono, with representation on basic legal matters related to their criminal case.

Only a limited number of full participants are accepted. Other attorneys can audit the training sessions, lectures, and workshops, with prior approval from the FPD.

The 2017-18 program will take place in Wichita and will begin July 1, 2017. If you would like to apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and the three references to Laura Shaneyfelt, CJA Resource Counsel, at laura_shaneyfelt@fd.org. Deadline is May 15, 2017. 

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