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2021 Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 12.5 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

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NACDL's 14th Annual Seminar "Defending the Modern Drug Case" will be held on October 13-16, 2021 at Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. 

From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and 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 for your client.

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 criminal legal system. 

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.

NOTE: This Defending Modern Drug Cases 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 to register for both seminars button below and receive up to a 20% discount on your total combined registration fees.

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In order to ensure the highest level of safety for our attendees, NACDL will be implementing the following safety measures at the conference:

  1. All attendees will be required to wear a mask in public indoor settings. NACDL will have masks available for all participants at the registration desk, and signs will be displayed as a reminder to keep masks on at all times (except when eating or drinking). 
  2. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel property, including at the entrance to all meeting rooms. 
  3. The seminar room will be arranged with socially distanced tables/chairs to the best of our ability.
  4. Daily health check measures will be instituted before gaining access to the seminar, including a 3-point questionnaire, and a temperature check.
  5. All participants will need to self-certify they have received the full dosage of a vaccine for COVID-19 prior to attending.



The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, October 14, 2021
11:30 am Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 pm Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA), Drug Program Co-Chairs John Arrascada (Reno, NV), Gabriel Reyes (Dallas, TX), and Ian M. Wallach (Los Angeles, CA)
1:40 pm Theories and Themes: Your Anchor in Every Aspect of the Case – Monique Sparks (Houston, TX)
2:40 pm Setting & Collecting Fees: Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility – Steven Ragland (San Francisco, CA)
3:40 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:00 pm Using Experts in Suppression Hearings – Chris Self (Houston, TX)
5:00 pm Sentencing Advocacy in Federal Drug Cases – Molly Parmer (Atlanta, GA)
6:00 pm Drug Seminar Adjourns for the Day
6:30 pm

Opening Reception – Planet Hollywood Hotel

Sponsored by:

Friday, October 15, 2021
1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
1:45 pm Incorporating Race and Culture into Criminal Cases - Twyla Carter (Brooklyn, NY)
3:15 pm Making a Mess: How Forensic Analysts Depart from Science – Jerome 'Jerry' Buting (Brookfield, WI)
4:15 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:30 pm Avoiding the Trial Penalty in Drug Prosecutions – Martin A. Sabelli (San Francisco, CA)
5:30 pm 4th Amendment Supreme Court Update – Gerald H. Goldstein (San Antonio, TX)
6:30 pm Drug Seminar Adjourns for the Day
Saturday, October 16, 2021
11:00 am Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 pm The Exaggerated Gang Allegation: Exposing the Government's Attempt to Bolster an Otherwise Ordinary Drug Case – Drew Findling (Atlanta, GA)
1:00 pm Bail & Detention – Gabriel Reyes (Dallas, TX)
2:00 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
2:15 pm Evidence and Objections in Drug Cases – Steven Epstein (Garden City, NY) & Adam Shlahet (New York, NY)
3:15 pm Don't Gamble with the Future: Immigration Consequences of Drug Convictions – Nicolas Chavez (Dallas, TX) and Ann Kelleher Miller (Dallas, TX)
4:15 pm Drug Seminar Adjourns until 2022


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12.5 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 & Casino 
3667 Las Vegas Blvd South 
Las Vegas, NV 89109 

Phone Reservations: 1-866-317-1829
Online Reservations:
Group rate: $153 + $29 resort fee + tax  (Expires Tuesday, September 21, 2021). Please mention group code SMNAD1 or "NACDL 2021 DUI" to receive applicable discount rate.
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

A limited number of rooms at government per diem rate are currently available for NACDL Public Defender Members. For more information, please 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.

Sponsor/Exhibit Prospectus

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


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Above the Bar Marketing, LLC
Big Mouth Marketing
Breathe Easy Insurance
British Custom Tailors
CaseFile Connect
Defense Forensic
Garrett Discovery, Inc.
Kormanik Coaching Services
Smart Start


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.

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 All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by September 16, 2021.


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.
Completed public defense scholarship applications should be emailed to: 

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 Drug Only BOTH Drug/DUI
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $399 $799
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $575 $1099
ALL Public Defenders $289 $588
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $339 $709
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $239 $488
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.

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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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