Message from the Chair
Geoffrey T. Cheshire
AOUSC Office of Defender Services
The Criminal Law Section of the Federal Bar Association brings together federal practitioners across the country who are interested in federal criminal justice issues. Our section welcomes participation by any FBA member with an interest in federal criminal law. We especially encourage public lawyers, such as Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Assistant Federal Public Defenders, and CJA panel attorneys to join us in the most vibrant and well regarded association of federal practitioners and judicial officers. The Federal Bar Association’s criminal law section is a wonderful way to meet other participants in our federal legal system in a highly collegial, intellectually rich, and professionally diverse organization.
The Section sponsored wonderful CLE programs during the 2012 Annual Convention in San Diego on Veterans in Federal Criminal Court and Federalization and Criminal Justice. For 2013 we continued with CLE programming on justice-involved combat veterans and were a core sponsor of the First Annual International Conference on Legislative Drafting and Law Reform held March 8–9 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.
We have also been a key voice for the federal courts, federal public defenders, and federal criminal justice system as a whole during the unprecedented funding crisis occasioned by sequestration and related budget reductions.
Please contact us if you are interested in partnering in programming, issues, or in serving as a national board or committee member. We also encourage and welcome section members to contribute articles and other content to our section newsletter, In Hot Pursuit. This national publication is a great way to reach fellow members with issues and analysis, and we need your help in bringing rich content and through provoking issues to our members.
I look forward to a productive and interesting year, and welcome comments and suggestions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geoff Cheshire, Chair