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2021 Annual Defending Sex Cases Training Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 14 General Credits

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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 12th 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.

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, November 17, 2021
5:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:40 am Welcoming Remarks and Morning Announcements – CLE Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA), Missy Owen (Charlotte, NC) & Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
9:00 am Pattern Cross-Examination of Experts When DNA or Biological Evidence are in Your Case – Michael Waddington & Alexandra González-Waddington (Weston, FL)
10:15 am Kill Kill Kill! Utilizing the Colorado Method of Cause-Based Jury Selection in Sexual Assault Cases – Christopher Decker (Denver, CO)
12:15 pm Lunch on your own
12:45 -1:45 pm Workshop (Bring Your Own Lunch ): Defending Sexual Assault in the Military: Current Trends​ – Lt.Col. M. Arthur Vaughn II (Auburn, AL), Michael Waddington (Weston, FL) and Alexandra González-Waddington (Weston, FL)
2:00 pm Voir Dire in Sexual Assault Cases – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
3:00 pm Dealing with Experts on Memory & Victims – Prof. Elizabeth F. Loftus (Irvine, CA)
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking, & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm When Race is an Issue in Sexual Assault Cases – Joshua Hargrove (Madison, WI) & Kathy Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
5:20 pm Adjourns for the Day
6:00 pm

Opening Reception - Planet Hollywood Hotel

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Friday, November 19, 2021
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)
8:10 am Cross-Examination of Child Witnesses in Sex Cases – Douglas N. Peters (Decatur, GA)
9:20 am Telling the Story of Innocence at Trial Through the Use of Narrative Format – Keith Belzer (La Crosse, WI)
10:20 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:40 am Trying a Sexual Assault Case with Nothing: Sometimes Nothing is a Pretty Cool Hand – Dyke Huish (Mission Viejo, CA)
12:40 pm Lunch on your own
2:00 pm A Comparative Analysis Between Sexual Assault Allegations on Campus and In Court – Kristina Supler (Cleveland, OH) & Susan Stone (Cleveland, OH)
3:00 pm Being Brave & Representing the Client in the Eye of the Media Storm – Jennifer Bonjean (New York, NY)
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm Sentencing in Cyber-Offense and Child Pornography Cases – J. W. 'Jay' Carney, Jr. (Boston, MA)
5:20 pm Seminar Adjourns - see you in 2022!


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14 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: $116 + $35 resort fee + tax  (Expires Tuesday, October 26, 2021). Please mention group code SMNAL1 to receive applicable dicount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

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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Big Mouth Marketing
Decriminalize Sex Work
Envista Forensics
Garrett Discovery, Inc.
Godoy Medical Forensics Inc.
Metadata Forensics, LLC
OIC Advance
Sexual Addiction Treatment Services
Watson & Associates: Truth Verification Consultants
Women Against Registry



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 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 All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by October 22, 2021.



Register Online Register by PDF Materials

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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $419
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $309
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $309
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $309
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $349
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: $269
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
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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