Guidelines Training

Descamps Symposium

On August 22, 2014, the United States District Court and the United States Probation Office for the District of Idaho hosted a Descamps Symposium. Assistant United States Attorney, Civil and Appellate Chief, Syrena Case Hargrove and Federal Defender Services of Idaho Research and Writing Specialist Melissa Winberg presented the practical effects of Descamps v. United States, 466 Fed. Appx. 563, reversed.  (Pictured from left to right: Syrena Case Hargrove, Honorable Candy W. Dale, Melissa Winberg and Robert Bradley)

Descamps Symposium Materials

The District of Idaho is committed to the development of ourselves and those who serve the Court.  It is with great pleasure we have provided an online opportunity to participate in the Descamps Symposium.  All materials provided to symposium participants are available below.  Please take an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the materials and click the link to view the Descamps Symposium as presented on August 22, 2014.  Should you have any remaining questions regarding a Descamps analysis, or any other guidelines questions, please contact one of our U.S. Probation Officers at the link on the left navigation panel.  Thank you and enjoy the symposium!

Descamps Brochure
Descamps Symposium Powerpoint
Descamps Outline and Handout
Descamps Flow Chart
Descamps Federal Predicates Chart
Descamps - Firebrand Materials
Descamps Group Assignment

Watch the Descamps Symposium!

Descamps Symposium

Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The United States Probation Office conducts training throughout the year for law clerks, interns, externs, and members of the federal bar.  We also speak to community groups and schools about our Mission and the role of the United States Probation Officer.  Contact us if you wish to have us give a presentation to your group.

One method of training involves our use of a powerpoint presentation created by the United States Sentencing Commission.  The powerpoint is attached below, and we use it in our introductory course on the federal sentencing guidelines.  The introductory course is designed for those practicing in federal court with little or no experience with the federal sentencing guidelines.

* Note * the powerpoint presentation was converted to PDF as it is not downloadable as a powerpoint.

Robbery Guideline: 2B3.1
Interaction of Federal & State Sentences; Sadowski
Rules on how the BOP computes federal sentences when the defendant is under the custodial jurisdiction of state authorities.
USSC Introduction to the Guidelines PDF
Alan Ellis Update: Law360 Views from the Bench 5
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