CLE: Trying Petty and Misdemeanor Offenses in Federal Court: Policy, Procedure, and Best Practices (Virginia Approved for 1 CLE Credit)

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Interactive Live Webcast


  • Member is in good standing for current year, July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.
  • Attorney who is currently not a member of the Alexandria Bar Association.
  • CLE course sponsor

The Eastern District of Virginia has one of the busiest misdemeanor and petty offense dockets in the nation. This course will review administration and organization of the magistrate judges’ dockets, discovery, motions, plea hearings, trials rights, and sentencing for misdemeanor and petty offenses in the Alexandria Division.

Hon. John Anderson
Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court

John F. Anderson was appointed a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division in January 2008. Prior to his appointment he spent over twenty five years in private practice handling a variety of civil matters, including a significant number of intellectual property disputes in the Eastern District of Virginia involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, domain names and copyrights. Judge Anderson received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and J.D. from the University of Virginia. He clerked for the Honorable James H. Michael, Jr. in the Western District of Virginia after graduating from law school.

Marc J. Birnbaum
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Deputy Chief, SAUSA Unit

Marc J. Birnbaum is the deputy chief of the SAUSA Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. In this capacity, he is responsible for supervising and training new Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) on detail from other Department of Justice components and executive branch agencies. He is also responsible for overseeing matters before magistrate judges in the Alexandria Division. Marc began his career as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Thereafter, he served for seven years as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Fairfax County where he prosecuted violent crimes and gang offenses. Marc served the following ten years in two separate capacities – as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney handling major crimes and narcotics offenses, and as a Virginia senior assistant attorney general where he prosecuted narcotics overdose death cases cases in northern Virginia state courts and advised the Commonwealth’s public safety agencies.

Office Location and Hours

Alexandria Courthouse
The Alexandria Bar Association
520 King Street, Room 202
Alexandria, VA 22314

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by telephone 703-548-1106 or email at