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2022 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, TX - 13.75 Total Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

Agenda Faculty CLE Venue Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Register Online Register by PDF Materials


You need to ensure your client gets a fair jury who will understand and appreciate your theory of defense, and there's no limit to what you can achieve in voir dire when you have the right tools.

This CLE program will teach you how to de-select jurors who will not give your client a fair trial, and identify those who will.  You'll learn specifics tactics for uncovering a potential juror's racial biases and specific ways to voir dire them in a variety of cases, including the most difficult of all, child sexual assault, violent crimes, and rape accusations. You will hear new skills and techniques from some of the top trial lawyers and jury consultants in the nation and learn how they question jurors to identify who to strike. You'll come away knowing how to connect with your jurors to arm them for mistrials and what the best persuasion techniques are to empower your juries to bring back a “Not Guilty” verdict for your client.

There's no better place to improve your trial skills than Austin in the wintertime. Enjoy the warm winter weather in the home of the famous SXSW Festival and Austin City Limits. You’ll have nearby access to countless music venues and be able to relax and enjoy all that Austin has to offer in your downtime. Make plans now to join your colleagues in this fabulous city and return home ready to win more cases!

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, February 23, 2022
5:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
6:30 - 9:00 pm

NACDL's Diversity Committee Presents: The Path to Justice - a Party with a Meaning
Click here for more information.
LOCATION: The Victory Grill

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Thursday, February 24, 2022
7:00 am

Registration & Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

8:00 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) and CLE Program Co-Chairs Guy Cardamone (Madison, WI), Eric Davis (Houston, TX), and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
8:10 am Jury (De)Selection: Lecture & DEMO – Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
9:10 am What Are They Really Saying? Developing the Skill of Listening – Jason Sosa (Houston, TX)
10:10 am

Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break

10:30 am De-Selecting for Racial Bias: Say Bye-Bye to the Haters – Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA)
11:30 am Getting a Jury to Disbelieve Police – Daniela Torrealba (Miami, FL)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Maximizing Strikes for Cause – Robert Swafford (Austin, TX)
3:20 pm Jury Selection in Child Sex Cases – Jane Vara (Houston, TX)
4:20 pm

Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break

4:35 pm The Problem With the Way Jurors Talk in the Jury Room: Empower Juror Rights, Change Deliberations, Facilitate Mistrials – SunWolf (Santa Clara, CA)
5:45 pm Adjourn for the day
7:00 pm

Welcoming Reception
LOCATION: The Side Yard, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Sponsored by:

Friday, February 25, 2022
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:45 am Morning Announcements – CLE Program Co-Chairs Guy Cardamone (Madison, WI), Eric Davis (Houston, TX) and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
9:00 am The Ethics of Jury Selection & Online Research – Jay Clark (Cincinnati, OH)
10:00 am Voir Dire in the #MeToo Era – Kathy Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
11:00 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:20 am Persuading a Jury When You Don't Get Voir Dire – Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
12:20 pm Lunch break on your own
12:45 - 2:00pm Lunch Gathering: Women in Criminal Defense bring your own lunch
2:20 pm Headlines, Heartburn and Handling Voir Dire – Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC)
3:20 pm Voir Dire in Drug, Gun and Violent Crimes Cases – Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube (Houston, TX)
4:20 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:40 pm Persuading Judges to Permit Full & Fair Voir Dire – Hon. Audrey Moorehead (Dallas, TX)
5:35 pm Seminar Adjourns
6:00 - 8:30 pm NACDL and TCDLA's Fundraising Reception
LOCATION: Lakeside home of Joel and Stacey Hock, 3331 Westlake Dr, Austin TX 78746
To learn more or purhcase tickets, please visit
Saturday, February 26, 2021
9:00 am Midwinter Board of Directors Meeting (all are encouraged to attend)


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 13.75 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 at the Capitol
701 E 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone Reservations: 1-888-627-8349
Online Reservations: Book your group rate for NACDL 2022 Midwinter Seminar
Group rate: $195 + tax  (Expires February 2, 2022). Please mention NACDL 2022 Midwinter Meeting 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

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

DigiStream Investigations
Garrett Discovery, Inc.


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.

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 All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by January 28, 2022.



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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
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $339
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $738
ALL Public Defenders $299
ALL Texas Lawyers (Residents Only) $299
ALL Regional Lawyers (AZ, AR, LA, NM, OK) $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: $249
Non-Attendee Guest/Spouse Events Package $150
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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