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!
IMPORTANT SAFETY MEASURES:
In order to ensure the highest level of safety for our attendees, NACDL will be implementing the following safety measures at the conference:
- 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).
- Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel property, including at the entrance to all meeting rooms.
- The seminar room will be arranged with socially distanced tables/chairs to the best of our ability.
- Daily health check measures will be instituted before gaining access to the seminar, including a 3-point questionnaire, and a temperature check.
- 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|
|Thursday, February 24, 2022|
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)|
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||The Ethics of Jury Selection & Online Research – Jay Clark (Cincinnati, OH)|
|3:00 pm||Jury Selection in Child Sex Cases – Tolu Nelms (Houston, TX)|
Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
|4:20 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|
|Friday, February 25, 2022|
|7:00 am||Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast|
|8:00 am||Morning Announcements – CLE Program Co-Chairs Guy Cardamone (Madison, WI), Eric Davis (Houston, TX) and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)|
|8:10 am||Maximizing Strikes for Cause – Robert Swafford (Austin, TX)|
|9:30 am||Theory Driven DUIselection – Adam Nero (Hudson, WI)|
|10:30 am||Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break|
|10:50 am||Voir Dire in the #MeToo Era – Kathy Stilling (Brookfield, WI)|
|11:50 am||Persuading a Jury When You Don't Get Voir Dire – Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)|
|12:50 pm||Lunch break on your own|
|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 – TBA|
|5:35 pm||Seminar Adjourns - See you in 2022!|
|Saturday, February 26, 2021|
|9:00 am||Midwinter Board of Directors Meeting (all are encouraged to attend)|
- Jay Clark (Cincinnati, OH)
- Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube (Houston, TX)
- Tolu Nelms (Houston, TX)
- Adam Nero (Hudson, WI)
- Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC)
- Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA)
- Jason Sosa (Houston, TX)
- Kathy Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
- SunWolf (Santa Clara, CA)
- Robert Swafford (Austin, TX)
- Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
- Daniela Torrealba (Miami, FL)
- Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
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.
GOVERNMENT PER DIEM ROOMS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsorship and Exhibits
For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at email@example.com or call (202) 465-7637.
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 $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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by January 28, 2022.
NACDL MEMBERSHIP AND RESERVATION AT THE HOST HOTEL ARE REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS.
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: PDTScholarship@nacdl.org
Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.
|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: http://www.nacdl.org/PDGroups||$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
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