Ward, Terence

Terence Ward
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Hartford Office

Terry was appointed to the position of Federal Defender in 2012 and was re-appointed in 2016. He has been an attorney in the Federal Defender’s Office since 1990. From 1982-1990, he was an attorney at the Law Offices of C. Michael Budlong and was an active member of the CJA Panel. During his time as a criminal defense lawyer, he has represented more than 2000 people charged with federal offenses. The focus of his work is to zealously defend his clients, to tell their stories in the most compelling way, and to display their humanity. Terry has worked to improve the administration of justice both locally and nationally. He serves on the District Court’s Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee, the Local Rules of Criminal Procedure Advisory Committee, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Federal Practice Section Executive Committee (ex officio), the Performance Measurement Working Group, the Rand Caseweights Expert Panel, the Court Continuity Committee, the Support Court Steering Committee, the Re-Entry Court Steering Committee, the Bail Committee, and the Court Security Committee. He has been a frequent lecturer at training events for criminal defense lawyers and has been a guest speaker at all of Connecticut’s law schools. Terry earned his BA cum laude from Duke University. He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Connecticut where was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal Procedure.

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