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2021 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar

Sheraton Austin Hotel, Austin, TX

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Program Summary:

The cases are complex, the clients are challenging, and the stakes are high. Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client.  

Whether you are a public defender, private practitioner, or your practice is largely white collar, you undoubtedly deal on a daily basis with clients with various mental health issues. A lawyer’s understanding of the current science and available treatments is essential, and being able to use that information can be the key to effective and successful representation in all stages of the process.

This seminar will bring some of the nation’s most experienced lawyers and experts to help you understand these issues, offer ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing. 

Plan now to join your nationwide colleagues gathering in Austin for this fantastic seminar that will help you obtain a successful outcome for your next client. 

TOPICS to be Covered:
1. Investigating Mental Health Cases - Holmes team from Aurora CO shooting case
2. Voir dire on mental health issues
3. Cross examining the expert in the competence context
4. Cross examining the expert before the jury
5. Challenging confessions of the mentally ill
6. Mental Health Issues at Sentencing
7. The imperfect insanity defense
8. Adolescent brain development  
9. Representing Clients on the Autism Spectrum
10. The Pharmacology of Mental Health
11. PTSD / Veterans Mental health Issue 
12. Finding and presenting a mental health expert


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CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12 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.


Sheraton Austin Hotel
701 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Online reservations: Book Your Group Rate for NACDL Midwinter Seminar
Phone reservations: 888-627-8349. 
Group Rate: $195 + tax (Expires Wednesday, February 3, 2021). Please mention "NACDL Midwinter 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.


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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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