25 - 27
Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 08:30 to Saturday, January 27, 2024 - 12:00
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Bail Boot Camp

New Orleans, LA
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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 who provide work under the Criminal Justice Act. Limited financial assistance may be available to CJA Panel Attorneys.


We will apply for CLE accreditation in states that have mandatory requirements. We regret that we cannot respond to telephone inquiries regarding the status of CLE approval prior to the workshop. All information related to CLE will be emailed to attendees within 30 days following the program.

* In an effort to minimize reporting fees per attorney/program, if you are barred in more than one of the following states NM, TN, PA, NE, attendance will be reported to one state only. The attorney is responsible for making sure the appropriate state and bar number is on file with the DSO Training Division.

* For applicable states, attendance will be reported using the bar number and state(s) listed on the registration form submitted for this program.

* Failure to provide the state and bar number may result in the Training Division not being able to report your attendance.

For those attending from FPDOs, the Conference Identification Number (CIN) for this workshop is CONF240016.