NACDL - 2019 Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar

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2019 Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar

Planet Hollywood,Las Vegas,NV - CLE Credits: 11.25 General/1.0 Ethics

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Program Summary:

Once again, drug prosecutions are on the rise. From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury to cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result.

Prosecutions and trials are increasingly focused on synthetic drugs. Local prosecutions are rising because some states have enacted tougher drug laws. Doctors are accused of overprescribing medications. States are starting to view drug overdose deaths as prosecutable homicides against defendants accused of selling the drugs. Messages posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are involved in most drug crimes. Moreover, the current administration has claimed that it will prosecute all potential crimes arising out of a single event to the greatest potential exposure. How can the defense challenge the evidence? These modern cases require a practitioner to understand and consider the chemical makeup of the substance labeled a drug, state-specific standards for the delivery of medical services, and how to rebut powerful claims of the visceral effects of addiction at trial.

Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s climate for increased drug prosecutions.

Join NACDL for three days in Las Vegas to learn innovative strategies and techniques by leading experts and criminal defense practitioners for defending modern drug charges. Have an arsenal of tools at the ready to win your next modern drug case. Register today!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Drug Seminar is held jointly in conjunction with the DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®" Seminar, on the same dates, at the same location. While the DRUG Seminar is held in the afternoons only, the DWI seminar is held in the mornings only. If you are interested in attending both seminars, click the register for both seminars button below and receive up to a 20% discount on your total combined registration fees.

**PRE-Registration is now closed. You can now register on-site at the Planet Hollywood Hotel beginning at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18.



The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, September 19, 2019
11:30 am Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 pm Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA), Drug Program Co-Chairs John Arrascada (Reno, NV), Gabriel Reyes (Dallas, TX), and Ian M. Wallach (Los Angeles, CA)
1:40 pm Defending Analog Cases – James E. Felman (Tampa, FL)
2:40 pm Litigating Race in Drug and Stash House Cases – Alison Siegler (Chicago, IL)
3:40 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:00 pm Defending Pill Mill Cases – Dimitri Dube (Dallas, TX)
5:00 pm Fee Agreements and Ethics – Paola Armeni (Las Vegas, NV)
6:00 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the day
6:30 pm

Opening Reception – Planet Hollywood Hotel

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Friday, September 20, 2019
1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
1:45 pm Controlling the Narrative: Challenging Officer Credibility in Drug Cases – Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
2:45 pm Opioid Addiction & Evidence-Based Treatment Strategies: What Lawyers Need to Know – Dr. Lipi Roy (Brooklyn, NY)
4:00 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:20 pm The Sword and the Shield: Using and Defending Against the Use of Social Media in Drug Trials – Drew Findling (Atlanta, GA)
5:20 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the Day
Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 am Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 pm Themes & Theories: Effective Storytelling in Drug Cases – Christopher Adams (Charleston, SC)
1:00 pm Voir Dire in a Drug Case – Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
2:00 pm Drug Pipeline Cases – John Berry (Lincoln, NE) and Mallory Hughes (Omaha, NE)
3:00 pm Drug Seminar Adjourns until 2020


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 11 general credit hours in every state requiring pre-approval. Approved hours for each state will be identified at the seminar. Some states, IL, GA, NC, NE, NM, PA, TX and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 
3667 Las Vegas Blvd South 
Las Vegas, NV 89109 

Reservations: (866) 317-1829
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Group rate: $149 + $35 resort fee + tax  (Expires Wednesday, August 28, 2019)
Please mention  group code "SMDUI9" or group name "NACDL 2019 DUI Seminar Room Block" to receive the applicable discount rate. Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

Advantage Rental Car: NACDL members receive 10% off the already low published internet rates – this discount is valid throughout the country, all year without blackouts! Please call 800-777-5500 and mention discount code:CD031B828F or book online by clicking here.

Questions? Contact Director of Events Akvile Athanason at or call (202) 872-8600 x630. 

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For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at or call (202) 465-7637.

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NACDL offers a variety of scholarships for this event ranging from partially discounted to fully funded. Each type of scholarship has different application requirements. To apply for any of the following scholarships, please follow the instructions for that specific scholarship.

OPTION 1: Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $399. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $200  (all other expenses are not included). The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and downloadable seminar materials. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.

JOINT Drug/DUI Needs Based Scholarships: Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL or NCDD members for up to 50% off the regular seminar's fee. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $500. Scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events and FREE downloadable seminar materials prior to the seminar. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.

To Apply: Prepare and e-mail or fax a letter of no more than two pages explaining the reason why you believe you should receive the grant grant to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at or fax it to 202-872-8690. All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by August 23, 2019.


OPTION 2: Public Defense Scholarships

As a result of generous grant funding, NACDL is able to offer scholarship assistance to public defense providers to attend this NACDL training program. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the program. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded to qualifying individuals to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

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Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $399
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $575
ALL Public Defenders $289
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $339
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $239
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $200
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

If you are interested in attending both Drug and DUI seminars, register for both seminars together and receive up to 20% discount on your total combined registration fee.

Save 20% - Register for Both DWI & Drug

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