NACDL - 2019 Fall Seminar

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2019 Fall Seminar

Royal Sonesta,New Orleans,LA - CLE Credits: 13.0 General/1.0 Ethics

Agenda Faculty CLE Hotel Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Register Online Register by PDF Materials

Program Summary:

Gris-Gris is a voodoo term referring to luck, a powerful spell, and an endowment of inherent will and power — things we could all use in voir dire.

In this program, we will cover basic and advanced principles of effective voir dire, how jurors really think and decide, how to find the jurors of your dreams, and avoid those that will give you nightmares. You will learn the most effective voir dire approaches and techniques needed to conduct comprehensive jury selection.

Get modern insight from some of the most knowledgeable jury selection experts in the country. Join your international NACDL colleagues in New Orleans, and return home ready to embrace and employ the gris-gris you’ve learned in your next jury trial — register today!


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
3:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA), CLE Program Co-Chairs Marissa Elkins (Northhampton, MA), Colette Tvedt (Denver, CO), and Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
8:30 am Understanding Social Science & the Brain to Improve Your Voir Dire – Candis Mitchell (San Francisco, CA)
9:30 am Voir Dire in Child Sexual Assault Cases – Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
10:30 am Refreshment & Exhibitor Networking Break
10:50 am Using What We've Learned for Capital Voir Dire in Non-Capital Cases – Marc Bookman (Philadelphia, PA)
12:00 pm Lunch Break on your own
1:45 pm There You Go Again: Preparing, Presenting, and Preserving Batson Challenges – Richard Bourke (New Orleans, LA)
2:45 pm Voir Dire in a DUI Case – Mimi Coffey (Forth Worth, TX)
3:45 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Networking Break
4:05 pm Voir Dire Variables – Callie Glanton Steele (Los Angeles, CA)
5:05 pm Seminar Adjourns for the Day
Friday, October 18, 2019
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:10 am Morning Announcements – NACDL Program Co-Chairs Marissa Elkins (Northhampton, MA), Colette Tvedt (Denver, CO), and Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
8:20 am Talking to Jurors When You Can't Talk: Motions Practice and Questionnaires before Voir Dire – Juval Scott (Roanoke, VA)
9:10 am Radical Jury Tools for Difficult-Challenging-Troublesome Trials – Sunwolf (Santa Clara, CA)
10:00 am Refreshment & Exhibitor Networking Break
10:20 am How to Get Jurors to Tell You Their Secrets – Rick Kammen (Indianapolis, IN)
11:20 am Winning in the Beginning of Jury Trials With Claimed Vulnerable Victims – Daniel E. Monnat (Wichita, KS)
12:10 pm Lunch Break on your own
1:40 pm Jury Selection When Forensics Are in Your Case – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
2:30 pm Voir Dire in Drug Cases – Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube (Houston, TX)
3:20 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Networking Break
3:40 pm Ethics When Gathering and Using Social Media Evidence – Kevin Tate (Charlotte, NC)
4:30 pm Connecting With the Jury Requires Connecting With the Client First – David Beller (Denver, CO)
5:20 pm Seminar Adjourns


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14 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.


The Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone Reservations: (855) 463-3092
Group rate: $219 + tax  (Expires Wednesday, September 25, 2019)
Please mention  group code "1015NACDLF" or group name "NACDL 2019 Fall Seminar" 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.

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

Sponsorship and Exhibits

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 $419. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $210  (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.

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 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 September 20, 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.

Apply for a Public Defense Scholarship  


Register Online Register by PDF Materials

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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $419
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $309
Non Members (includes 1 year membership) $738
ALL Public Defenders $309
ALL Louisiana Lawyers (Residents Only) $319
ALL Regional Lawyers (AL, AR, MS, OK, TX) $379
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $279
Guest/Spouse Event Package $110
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

Code of Conduct

NACDL endeavors to foster a working, learning, and social environment free of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and insult. To that end, NACDL has adopted a Code of Conduct for Affiliated Persons that applies to all attendees and participants of any kind at all NACDL sponsored events.

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