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2023 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 10.5 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credits

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Program Details:

NACDL & NCDD's 2023 Annual Seminar "DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity" Seminar "Winners Find a Way to Victory" will be held on September 20-23, 2023 at Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. 

If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you're considering adding DUI defenses to your firms portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Join your nationwide colleagues in Las Vegas to learn from the best-of-the-best, and take advantage of the unique opportunity to network, mingle, and establish a reciprocal referral base with over 600 of your colleagues from around the country. There is no better opportunity to confer and learn from your peers!

This one-of-a-kind CLE program is held in the mornings only, and consists of one day of general plenary session presentations, one day of split tracks for you to choose from, and one day with your choice of multiple workshops for small group, intense, and focused learning in the areas you need the most help. Whether you are a seasoned criminal defense practitioner, or just getting started and needing to learn the ropes, THIS IS THE NATIONAL GATHERING YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This DUI Seminar is held jointly in conjunction with the Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar, on the same dates, at the same location. While the DUI Seminar is held in the mornings only, the Drug seminar is held in the afternoons 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.



The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, September 21, 2023
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – DUI Program Chair Steve Oberman (Knoxville, TN), NCDD Dean Virginia Landry (Aliso Viejo, CA) and NACDL President Michael P. Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
8:50 am When Your Client Testifies—Preparing for the Witness Stand – Denis deVlaming (Clearwater, FL)
9:50 am Don't Throw Away Your Client's Second Chance: Capitalizing on Trial Judges Errors by Preserving Issues for Appeal – Penny White (Johnson City, TN)
10:50 am Refreshment, Exhibitor, and Networking Break
11:10 am Getting More Out of the Tech You Already Have – Catherine Saunders Reach (Cary, NC)
12:10 pm Winning the Case Before the First Witness: Jury Selection in DUI Cases – W. Troy McKinney (Houston, TX)
1:10 pm DUI Seminar Adjourns for the Day
1:10-1:30 pm Transition to Drug Seminar and Exhibitor Break
6:30 pm

Opening Reception – Planet Hollywood Hotel

Friday, September 22, 2023
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Networking Tables - Network with other DUI lawyers on issues of interest over coffee and breakfast
8:00 am WORKSHOP - TBA
9:00 am Plenary Session Begins: Remarks & Reminders – Steve Oberman (Knoxville, TN)
9:05 am


OPTION A: Police Videos: Watch and Win – Juanita Kimble (Atlanta, GA)

OPTION B: Breath Tests: Take Their Breath Away – Denis deVlaming (Clearwater, FL)
10:05 am


OPTION A: Tech Tips to Use Today – Catherine Saunders Reach (Cary, NC)

OPTION B: Blood Test Motions – W. Troy McKinney (Houston, TX)
11:05 am Refreshment, Exhibitor, and Networking Break
11:25 am


OPTION A: Ethics—Making Prosecutors Pay for Their Misconduct – Lawrence Koplow (Phoenix, AZ)

OPTION B: Back to the Basics: Barring Chemical Test Results – Penny White (Johnson City, TN)
12:25 pm


OPTION A: Successful Strategies for Suppression Motions – Mimi Coffey (Fort Worth, TX

OPTION B: What’s New? The 2023 SFST Manual: Compare and Contrast – David Katz (Orlando, FL)
1:25 pm DUI Seminar Adjourns for the Day
1:25-1:45 pm Transition to Drug Seminar and Exhibitor Break
Saturday, September 23, 2023
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:10 am

WORKSHOPS (Select from Options Below)

  1. Trying Your First DUI Case (Less than 5 Years Experience) – John Webb and Denis deVlaming
  2. Using Theme and Theory to Tell Your Client's Story – Penny White
  3. Crossing the FST Officer: Learn to Control, Confront, and Contradict – Steve Oberman
  4. The NHTSA SFSTs: Learning the Basics – Bell Island and Juanita Kimble
  5. Crossing the Blood Tech – Kim Benjamin
  6. Using PowerPoint to Enhance Your Closing Arguments – Lawrence Koplow
  7. Crossing the Breath Test – Virginia Landry
9:30 am Refreshment, Exhibitor, and Networking Break
9:50 am

WORKSHOPS (Select from Options Below)

  1. Trying Your First DUI Case (Less than 5 Years Experience) – John Webb and Denis deVlaming
  2. Winning With the Law: DUI Case Law Update – Don Ramsell
  3. Tips and Tools from the Trenches – Bruce Edge
  4. The NHTSA SFSTs: Learning the Basics – Bell Island and Juanita Kimble
  5. Crossing the Blood Tech – Kim Benjamin
  6. Introduction to Forensic Pathology: Where to Start as a Layperson Lawyer – John Hunsucker
  7. Crossing the Breath Test – Virginia Landry
11:10 am DUI Seminar Adjourns - See you September 18-21, 2024!


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 10.50 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, TN 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: 1-866-523-2781
Group rate: $163 + $29 resort fee + tax  (Expires August 20, 2023). Please mention group code SMNAC3 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

Disclaimer: NACDL does not necessarily endorse or guarantee the quality, applicability, or discounts of the products and/or services of its exhibitors. Users of these products and/or services do so at their sole discretion and NACDL assumes no responsibility for them.

For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at or call (202) 465-7637.

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


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BluShark Digital
British Custom Tailors
California Behavioral Health
Convert It Marketing
Defense Forensic
Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.
Legal Brand Merketing
RizeUp Media
The Criminal Mastermind


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 $599. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $300 (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 August 10, 2023.


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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If you are interested in attending both DUI and Drug seminars, register for both seminars together and receive up to 20% discount on your total combined registration fee.

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

Registration Fees Drug Only BOTH Drug/DUI
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining  $599 $799
NCDD Members $599 $799
NACDL Members: Public Defender, Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer", and International  $399 $534
Non-Members of NACDL: Public Defenders $409 $568
Non-Members on NACDL: Private Practice (Includes a 1-Year Membership)  $799 $1099
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $549 $709
Groups of 4 or more Public Defenders from the same office (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $359 $480
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, September 15, 2023, to receive a refund, less the cancellation fee. No refunds can be issued after the cancellation deadline.

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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