CJA Training Events

Monday, February 04, 2019

Our office is pleased to announce two CJA Training events. The first will be on Feb 11, 2019, in the New Haven Court’s jury assembly room.  This session will begin at 2 pm and will last for 1 – 1.5 hours on the First Step Act.  The second training will take place at Quinnipiac Law School on March 7 from 1-5 pm in the Grand Courtroom.  This session will cover (1) the new Sealing Rules, (2) a presentation by Michael Sheehan and Marie Mulaney on “Litigation in the Electronic Era” and (3) an ethics section so that we can all meet our CLE requirements for Connecticut.  As always, the programs are entirely free and there is no need to pre-register – just sign in when you get there.  The number of CLE credits equals the number of hours that you attend.

Winning Strategies and Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Winning Strategies Seminar brings together a dynamic group of attorneys and other legal professionals to speak on a wide variety of topics, all specifically designed to keep CJA practitioners abreast of the most recent and important developments in federal criminal defense.  Sessions include both large plenary lectures as well as smaller breakout sessions that meet the specific needs of the advanced practitioner and the less experienced attorney alike. The anticipated sessions will include such topics as defending drug, conspiracy and immigration cases, implicit bias, sentencing issues, BOP issues, discovery management, ethics, and more. For those new to federal criminal defense practice, the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Case will occur concurrently on January 10, 2019.  Please register separately for the Fundamentals program.

The seminars are designed for, and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys, their staff and federal defender staff. There is no tuition, and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. The Winning Strategies seminar will begin Thursday morning, January 10th and end by mid-day on Saturday, January 12.  The Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense seminar is a separate one-day program that will begin Thursday morning, January 10th and end at 5:00 p.m. the same day.  Fundamentals attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the remainder of the Winning Strategies program. For questions about the substance of the Winning Strategies seminar, please contact Frank Draper at, and for questions about the Fundamentals program, contact George Couture at  For questions about registration or other logistics, please contact Karen Holsendorff at

New Developments in Bail Training Sessions

Monday, October 29, 2018

There is a national push to support increasing pretrial release rates, and a fair amount of research and data that backs up the need to increase release rates. Federal Defender Terry Ward and Chief USPO Warren Maxwell will present these sessions with participation of additional members of the USPO. Federal Defender Ward recently presented similar material at two meetings of pretrial officers from every district in the country.

In an effort to maximize your ability to attend we have scheduled two sessions. There is no need to attend both since they will be identical.  

The first will take place in the Hartford Court’s jury assembly room on the second floor of the courthouse at 450 Main Street, Hartford from 2:30 to 4:30 PM on Monday, November 19, 2018.  

The second will take place in the New Haven Court’s jury assembly room on the first floor of the New Haven courthouse at 141 Church Street, New Haven from 3:00 -5:00 PM on Monday, December 10, 2018.

Background materials will be available for download on this website shortly. No registration for the sessions is required. Participants who attend the full session can receive 2 hours of CLE credits.  

eVoucher Refresher Demonstration

Monday, October 01, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut will be conducting eVoucher refresher training for CJA attorneys and their support staff on October 4, 2018.The training will provide basic demonstration of how to create vouchers and will be followed by a question and answer session.The demonstration will be held at the US District Court, 141 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510 from 10-12pm in the Jury Assembly Room #137.If interested in attending, please send an email to ASAP.Also, please feel free to email questions in advance to