2019 Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy
July 21 - 26
Indianapolis, IN


The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), Defender Services Office, Training Division (DSOTD) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Federal CJA Trial Skills Academy (TSA). It will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from Sunday, July 21 to Friday, July 26, 2019. For the third year, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is hosting the program.


The skills-based Academy has been a tremendous success. This program focuses on (1) the use of a trial advocacy process to facilitate development of a persuasive, fact-based theory and supporting themes, and (2) the advocacy skills necessary to persuasively advance that theory and those themes throughout trial. A very experienced and skilled faculty leads this program through a series of plenary sessions and workshops. Elements of effective litigation advocacy skills are presented in the plenaries. Participants then engage in hands-on practice of those skills and receive feedback in small group workshops.


TSA is designed for, and attendance is limited to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) practitioners, both panel attorneys and federal defender staff. There is no tuition, and materials will be provided to participants free of charge. TSA will begin mid-morning Sunday, July 21, 2019, and will end the evening of Friday, July 26, 2019. Participants are expected to stay for the entire program. For questions about the substance of the seminars, please contact Lisa Lunt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; for questions about registration or other logistics, please contact Heidi Capati at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualifying CJA panel attorneys to cover a portion of travel costs. The financial assistance application is linked below and available on the training page of our web site, www.fd.org, where interested people can also register. You can also register by visiting http://www.cvent.com/d/86qxrp.


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


Application for Financial Assistance

Draft Agenda