The criminal discovery requirements imposed on prosecutors and defense attorneys in state and federal cases will be the focus. At the state level, the discovery requirements are relatively new. With respect to the federal level, there will be a discussion of the four areas of discovery (Brady, Giglio, Jencks, and Rule 16), all of which can be very confusing and challenging for new--and even experienced litigators. The presentation will discuss the major principles of state and federal discovery, as well the expectations from state and EDVA judges. For any litigator, this presentation will be a good introduction or reminder of what each side is responsible for in a criminal proceeding, such as a motions hearing, trial, and sentencing.
Hon. James Clark
Alexandria Circuit Court
A third generation Alexandrian, Jim Clark attended Alexandria City High School, Bridgewater College and University of Richmond Law School. After law school he served as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria for two years then, with Carter Land, founded the firm that is now Land, Carroll and Blair. Since 2012 he has served as a judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit. Married to Mary, they raised their daughter Allie and son Trav and presently reside in Alexandria with their beloved dogs Doc and Blue.
With nearly three decades of litigation experience (110 trials) with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Gene Rossi has leveraged the skills he honed as a renowned federal prosecutor to primarily concentrate on matters relating to criminal defense and government investigations as a shareholder in the Firm of Carlton Fields.
Gene’s prominent DOJ matters included Operation “Cotton Candy” (largest opioid investigation in DOJ history), a major civil tax trial against a Chicago alderman, the trial of a violent drug trafficking murderer (more than 30 deaths), and the prosecution of Commanding General Sekouba Konate of the 54-nation African Union, who pleaded guilty to charges of false statements and smuggling cash into the United States that he had received when he was President of Guinea.
In private practice the last five years, he has represented clients in several high-profile matters including: Robert Mueller’s Paul Manafort trial; the SDNY's Stormy Daniels election fraud investigation involving Michael Cohen and President Trump; a successful civil jury verdict defending against two lawyers’ claims of wrongful termination and shareholder interests in a patent licensing firm; and the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol investigation by the DOJ.
He is a frequent legal commentator and trial analyst. He is often quoted in articles and has appeared on many cable and radio shows, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, Law & Crime Network, Court TV, Hill TV, and several others.