26 - 28
Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 08:30 to Saturday, January 28, 2023 - 12:00

IN PERSON - Trial Skills Workshop: Bail Boot Camp

Houston, TX
Registration Closed

Three out of every four federal criminal defendants in the United States are held in pretrial detention, despite a presumption of innocence. Shocked? A high majority of the people held are of color. Outraged? One reason for this high rate of pretrial detention involves a misunderstanding and misapplication by the parties - the court, the prosecution, probation, and yes, the defense - of the Bail Reform Act (BRA). Appalled? The failure of the parties to adhere to the Bail Reform Act and the lack of zealous advocacy at the initial appearance and detention hearings have led to a crisis within the federal bail system - a crisis that has caused detrimental, and in many cases, irreversible negative consequences to the clients we represent.

The Bail Boot Camp is a skills-based workshop designed to change the system. Using a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and small group exercises, participants will learn the tools necessary to zealously defend their clients in the context of initial appearances and detention hearings.

Registration will be limited to 60 CJA Panel Attorneys, Federal Defender attorneys/staff, and other legal professionals that provide work under the Criminal Justice Act. Limited financial assistance may be available to CJA Panel Attorneys.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this workshop will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.