NACDL - 2019 Defending Sex Assault Cases Seminar

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2019 Defending Sex Assault Cases Seminar

Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV - CLE Credits: 14.0 General/1.0 Ethics

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PRE-Registration is now closed. You can now register on-site at the Planet Hollywood Hotel from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13.

Program Summary:

Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.

Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 10th Annual Defending Sex Cases training seminar will most-assuredly be our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!

Much like all NACDL programs, this event also presents the unique opportunity to develop both professional and personal contacts where you can experience the camaraderie of being with criminal defense lawyers from all around the world. Don’t miss this exciting educational opportunity. Attend this highly-rated one-of-a-kind NACDL seminar and leave with a better understanding of defending sex crimes cases in order to effectively represent your clients before, during, and after trial.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
3:30 pm  Early Registraiton & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 am Registration Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA), CLE Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA), Missy Owen (Charlotte, NC) & Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
8:20 am Addressing the Most Difficult Issues in Sex Crimes Defenses (Multiple Accusers, Propensity Evidence) – Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
9:20 am Practical Considerations for Cross-Examining Adult Complainants – Jason Downs (Baltimore, MD)
10:20 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:40 am What Do I Do With the Porn on My Computer?: Ethically Handling Difficult Conversations – Professor Rod Uphoff (Columbia, MO)
11:40 am Speaking With Jurors About the Unspeakable: Let's Talk about Sexual Assault & Child Molestation – Denise de La Rue (Decatur, GA)
12:40 pm Lunch break on your own
2:10 pm Sex, Drugs, and 25 to Life: Utilizing Toxicology to Defend Sexual Assault Accusations – Sandy Feinland (San Francisco, CA) and Dr. Nikolas P. Lemos, Ph.D (San Francisco, CA)
3:10 pm Online Romantic Deception aka Catfishing: Individual and Relationship Characteristics – Kelly Campbell, Ph.D. (San Bernardino, CA)
4:10 pm Exhibits, Networking, & Refreshment Break  
4:30 pm Cyber Vice: An Insight Into the World of Child Pornography Prosecution and Defense – David Seltzer (Miami, FL)
5:30 pm Seminar adjourns for the day 
6:00 pm

Opening Reception - Koi, Planet Hollywood Hotel

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Friday, November 15, 2019
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – CLE Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA), Missy Owen (Charlotte, NC) & Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
  (LECTURE & LIVE DEMO) The Jury Trial of State v. Avis Stone 
8:10 am Theory of the Case –  Douglas Peters, JD (Decatur, GA)
8:40 am Interview of the Child Victim – Amy Morton, LMFT (Macon, GA) and Jason Sheffield, JD (Decatur, GA)

- Expert Analysis (Lecture)
- Direct Examination of Expert (Lecture)
State v. Avis Stone (DEMO)
9:40 am Conduct and Behavior of the Child Victim – Dr. Allison Paganelli, PsyD, ABPP (Decatur, GA) and Robert Rubin, JD (Decatur, GA)

- Expert Analysis (Lecture)
- Direct Examination of Expert (Lecture)
State v. Avis Stone (DEMO)
10:40 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:00 am Medical Findings in the Child Victim of Sexual Assault – Dr. Kimberly A. Collins, MD - Forensic Pathologist (Wadmalaw Island, SC) and Foss Hodges, JD (Decatur, GA)

- Expert Analysis (Lecture)
- Direct Examination of Expert (Lecture)
- State v. Avis Stone (DEMO)
12:00 pm "Falling Down and Getting Back Up" – Douglas Peters, JD (Decatur, GA)

State v. Avis Stone: Subpoenas, Motions in Limine, Objections, and Strategic Decisions
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Crossing a Cop in a False Confession Sex Offense Case – Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
3:00 pm Effective Cross-Examination of the SANE Nurse – Jason Schwarz (Everett, WA)
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking, & Refreshment Break 
4:20 pm Handling the Public Consequences of a Sex Crimes Arrest – Stacey Richman (Bronx, NY) & Renee Hill (Bronx, NY)
5:20 pm Seminar Adjourns - See You in 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

Phone Reservations: (866)317-1829
Online Reservations: 
Group rate: $114 + $35 resort fee + tax  (Expires Tuesday, October 22, 2019)
Please mention  group code "SMNAL9"  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. 

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 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 October 21, 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  



PRE-Registration is now closed. You can now register on-site at the Planet Hollywood Hotel from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13.

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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining NACDL Members $419
Associate, New Lawyers, & Professor NACDL Members $309
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $309
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $309
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $309
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $269
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar  $200
Both Written Materials & Audio Recording $300
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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