Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar, August 15-17, 2019, Denver Colorado

The Defender Services Office, Training Division (DSO-TD) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar, which will take place August 15-17, 2019, in Denver, Colorado.


The seminar 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. The Multi-Track program will begin on Thursday morning, August 15, and end by mid-day on Saturday the 17th.


The Multi-Track Federal Criminal Defense Seminar offers in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive areas of federal criminal defense practice. The program consists of related sessions, or tracks, which are grouped together allowing attorneys to select areas of practice which will best meet their training needs. There are tracks designed for attorneys at all levels of experience and the design of the program allows attorneys to attend sessions from different tracks. In addition to the tracks, the program includes additional substantive plenary lectures which cover more general areas of federal criminal practice. The five tracks (breakout sessions) are: (1) Race in the Federal Criminal Court; (2) Forensics; (3) Drugs; (4) Sentencing Strategies and Practices; and (5) Trial Skills, Practice, and Evidence.


Enrollment is limited to approximately 250 attendees and selection will be on a first come first serve basis.


Please direct questions about the substance of the seminar to Joan Politeo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions about registration or other logistics should be directed to Karen Holsendorff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Limited financial assistance may be available to qualifying CJA panel attorney registrants for travel-related expenses. Linked below is a draft agenda and a financial assistance application. Interested persons can register through, or by going to  Once in the registration system, the “Register Now” link will be to the lower right of the program description:


Finally, this workshop follows the Persuasive Writing Workshop, which will take place August 12-14, 2019, also in Denver, Colorado. A separate registration is required for the Persuasive Writing Workshop.


Financial Aid Application

Draft Agenda


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