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2020 Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel , Las Vegas, NV - CLE Credits: 13.5 General/1.0 Ethics

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COVID-19 Update: The health and welfare of conference attendees and staff is a priority for NACDL. We are currently proceeding with this scheduled event as planned, however, NACDL will continue to closely monitor developments in connection with the status of the coronavirus. While we are trying hard to strike a balance between taking immediate measures to limit personal contacts, we will continue long-range planning in anticipation of a point when the risk of virus spread has diminished. Obviously, if safety considerations continue, NACDL will promptly notify you should there be any change of plans with respect to this event. For resources to educate you on safe travel tips and any relevant health alerts or travel advisories, we recommend you stay current on any information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at:

Program Summary:

Drug prosecutions are once again on the rise as some states have enacted tougher drug laws. 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.

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 Defense 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.



The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, October 15, 2020
11:30 am Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 pm Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Christopher Adams (Charleston, SC), Drug Program Co-Chairs John Arrascada (Reno, NV), Gabriel Reyes (Dallas, TX), and Ian M. Wallach (Los Angeles, CA)
1:40 pm Drug Pipeline Cases – John Berry (Lincoln, NE) & Mallory Hughes (Omaha, NE)
2:40 pm Immigration Consequences in Drug Offense Cases – Graciela Martinez (Los Angeles, CA)
3:40 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:00 pm Analyzing & Writing Persuasive Motions to Suppress – Vincent Savarese III (Las Vegas, NV)
5:00 pm Litigating Suppression Motions – Chris Frey (Reno, NV)
6:00 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the day
6:30 pm

Opening Reception – Planet Hollywood Hotel

Friday, October 16, 2020
1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
1:45 pm Voir Dire in a Drug Case – Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
3:15 pm Openings & Closings in Drug Cases – Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL)
4:15 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:30 pm Drugs, Gangs, and Violence: Successfully Navigating a Perfect RICO Storm – Karen Goldstein (Los Angeles, CA)
5:30 pm The Dark Net, Bitcoin, & Money Laundering: The Modern Drug Case – Nina Marino (Beverly Hills, CA)
6:30 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the Day
Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 am Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 pm They're Not Allowed to Do It Either: Fighting Governmental Witness Tampering – Kevin Sali (Portland, OR)
1:00 pm The Ethics of Legal Advertising: Online Presence & Reputation Management – Susan Williams (Edisto Island, SC)
2:00 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
2:15 pm Forfeiture – Stephen Komie (Chicago, IL)
3:15 pm Representing Clients in the Cannabis Industry: The Changing Regulatory Landscape – James Creedon (Frisco, TX)
4:15 pm Trial Preparation and Investigation – Christopher Renfroe (Forest Hills, NY)
5:15 pm Drug Seminar Adjourns until 2021


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 13.5 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 and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.  


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

Phone Reservations: (866) 317-1829
Group rate: $151 + $29 resort fee + tax  (Expires September 22, 2020)
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.


For more information, please contact NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason at

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 would like to thank the following sponsors, exhibitors, and affinity partners for their support and contributions:

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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

Drug Seminar Needs-Based Scholarships
Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $409. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $205  (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 DUI/Drug Seminar Needs-Based Scholarships
Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $814. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $407  (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 July 17, 2020.


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  


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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 $409
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $585
ALL Public Defenders $299
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $289
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $249
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $200
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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