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2020 NACDL's 11th Annual Post-Conviction Training

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL - CLE Credits: 6.5 General

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PRE-Registration for this event is now closed.

COVID-19 Update: This Wrongful Conviction training has been cancelled. It is not possible for this particular program to go forward given the current situation. All other NACDL conferences and events are still proceeding as originally planned.

Program Summary:

NACDL, in collaboration with the Innocence Network, presents* an exciting new training specifically for lawyers who handle post-conviction innocence claims.**  National experts will provide cutting edge instruction on topics essential for investigating and litigating post-conviction innocence claims. Innovative new strategies and the latest subject matter developments in post-conviction practice will be featured! Sessions will cover both forensic evidence and strategies to tackle difficult issues in post-conviction innocence claims, including: addressing official misconduct in innocence cases; crime scene reconstruction evidence; pattern evidence (fingerprints & firearms); genetic genealogy; and false confessions.

Registration for this event is separate from the 2020 Innocence Network Conference which begins the next day and will be held on March 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, which is just a short walk away. This conference is a national event that brings together attorneys, the exonerated, and their families for two days of educational sessions related to innocence work. For information and registration, visit

**Pursuant to the grant funding, attendees must work on the screening, review, investigation and/or litigation of potential post-conviction innocence claims and cannot work on the prosecution of criminal matters. By registering for this training, you certify those facts to be true. Questions about eligibility to attend? Please contact Vanessa Antoun at or (202) 465-7663

* This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-FA-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office.  Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U. S. Department of Justice.   


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
8:30 am Welcoming Remarks 
8:45 am Official Misconduct and Wrongful Conviction – Barry Scheck (New York, NY), Additional Speakers TBD
10:15 am Morning Break
10:30 am False Confessions – Rebecca Brown (New York, NY); Saul Kassin (New York, NY); Laura Nirider (Chicago, IL); Martin Tankleff (New York, NY)
12:00 pm Lunch break on your own
1:00 pm Genetic Genealogy – TBD
2:00 pm Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction – Marilyn Miller (Richmond, VA)
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Pattern Evidence – Joseph Cavise (Chicago, IL) & Richard Gutierrez (Chicago, IL)
4:45 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 6.5 general credit hours in every state requiring pre-approval. Approved hours for each state will be identified at the seminar. Some states, GA, IL, NE, NM, and PA  require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone Reservations: (800) 628-2112
Online Reservations: NACDL Room Block - InterContinental Chicago
Group Rate: $125 + tax  (Expires Wednesday, March 4, 2020). 
Please mention 2020 Post-Conviction Conference or the group code PQU 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 Rent A 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.


PRE-Registration for this event is now closed.

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