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2023 Defending Sex Cases Training Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 14.0 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 14th 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.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
5:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, November 16, 2023
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 Sex Cases 101 for the Practitioner: The ABC’s of S-E-X – Lisa Dubs (Hickory, NC)
9:10 am Understanding the Development of Sexual Behavior: Normative Versus Pathological – Dr. Gimel Rogers, Psy.D., ABPP (Escondido, CA) and Marina Bassili, PsyD (Escondido, CA)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am How to Best Use Mental Health Experts in Sexual Assault Cases – Dr. Kris Mohandie, Ph.D., ABPP (Pasadena, CA)
11:30 am Racial & Cultural Issues With the Client and the Complainant – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Cross-Examining the Medical Expert in Child Sexual Assault Cases – Tim Zerillo (Portland, ME)
3:00 pm Digital Forensics in Child Pornography Cases - Peer to Peer CSAM Defense Strategies – Andrew Garrett (Orlando, FL)
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm Crossing Kids: Rules to Break and Risks to Take – Jessa Nicholson Goetz (Madison, WI)
5:20 pm Adjourn for the day
7:00 pm

Opening Reception - Koi Restaurant, Planet Hollywood Hotel

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Friday, November 17, 2023
8:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Morning Announcements – CLE Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA), Missy Owen (Charlotte, NC) & Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
9:10 am Voir Dire in Sexual Assault Cases – Melanie Foote (Frankfort, KY)
10:10 am Understanding Interrogations and Analyzing the So-Called Confession in Sexual Assault Cases – Lesley Gordon (San Dimas, CA) & Dr. Iris Blandón-Gitlin, Ph.D. (Los Angeles, CA)
11:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:30 am Creative Pre-Trial Litigation: Motions In Limine & More! – Angelica Cogliano (Austin, TX)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Fourth Amendment Challenges in NCMEC Cases – Michael Price, NACDL 4th Amendment Center (Brooklyn, NY)
3:00 pm Defending the Accused Online Child Predator: Confronting Charges Involving Lurid Online Communications and Arrangements to Meet a Minor for the Purpose of Committing a Lewd Act – Dr. Kelly Campbell (San Bernadino, CA) and Jacquie Goodman (Fullerton, CA)
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm Debunking Myths Around Risk of Recidivism – Charles Samenow, MD, MPH (Washington, DC)
5:20 pm     Seminar Adjourns - see you in 2024!



CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14.00 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: 1-866-317-1829
Online Reservations: 
Group rate: $114 + $35 resort fee + tax  (Expires October 24, 2023). Please mention group code SMNAL3 to receive applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

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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Garrett Discovery
Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.
Paradise Creek Recovery Center


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
All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by October 16, 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: 

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

Registration Fees
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining  $409
NACDL Members: Public Defenders, Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International $319
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
Non-Member Public Defenders $329
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $309
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $359
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: $299
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $300
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, November 10, 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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