Sunday, October 28, 2018

Second Chair applications due December 1

We are currently accepting applications for our fifth term of the Second Chair Program, which will be a year-long program taking place in Kansas City, commencing in January 2019.

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. The program includes intensive monthly orientations and workshops that, over the course of the year, will cover all phases of a federal criminal case, including in-depth coverage of the sentencing guidelines. Having been a Second-Chair participant myself, I can attest that the program provides invaluable experience for anyone interested in practicing federal criminal defense and inimitable insight into practicing in the District of Kansas.  

Attendance at the monthly sessions is mandatory for continued participation in the program and for consideration for panel appointment. Additionally, 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.If you would like to apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Laura Shaneyfelt, CJA Resource Counsel, at by December 1, 2018

And if you know an attorney who may be interested in or could benefit from the program, please pass along the information.

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