NACDL - 2020 Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

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2020 Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, CO - CLE Credits: 12.0 General/1.0 Ethics

Agenda Faculty CLE Hotel Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Materials

Registration for this event is now closed. You can register on-site at the St. Regis Hotel on Sunday, January 19 at 5pm.

Program Summary:

Now in our 40th year, NACDL's Advanced Criminal Law Seminar is often described as "An experience to remember!"

Presented in cooperation with NACDL and Victor Sherman, there is nothing else like this ultimate networking and CLE event for the criminal defense bar. Intended for both veteran and young lawyers, it is bar-none the best criminal defense seminar in the country set in the best ski town in Colorado.

Plan now for your family winter getaway in fantastic Aspen, CO, where you'll find a world-class skiing environment, unlimited daily activities for the kids, shopping, and restaurants that rival any place in the world, AND.... an unparalleled CLE with a star-studded faculty discussing the latest topics and trends!


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
4:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 pm

Opening Reception & Dinner – Featuring remarks by NACDL President-Elect Christopher Adams (Charleston, SC)

Co-Sponsored by:

Monday, January 20, 2020
7:00 am Early Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits
8:00-9:00 am Storytelling at Trial for Acquittals – Christopher Adams (Charleston, SC)
9:00-10:00 am You Can't Win a Plea, and Other Trial Tips – David Oscar Markus (Miami, FL)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for skiing and other activities in Aspen
4:00-6:00 pm Defending High-Profile Sex Cases and "Partner" Sex Offenses in the "Me Too" Era – Blair Berk (Los Angeles, CA) & Nanzella 'Nan' Whitfield (Los Angeles, CA)
6:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
7:00 pm

Welcome to Aspen Cocktail Reception – Hosted by Wendy & Mike Sidley at their unique home in Aspen

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7:00 am Breakfast and Exhibits
8:00-9:00 am Defending Clients Before They Are Defendants: Grand Jury Investigations – Isabelle A. Kirshner (New York, NY), Jeff Rutherford (Los Angeles, CA), and Theresa Trzaskoma (New York, NY)
9:00-10:00 am Bringing Your Theme to Life Through Cross – C. Melissa Owen (Charlotte, NC)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for skiing and other activities in Aspen
4:00-6:00 pm SCOTUS & D.C. Update  – Jeffrey L. Fisher (Stanford, CA) and Neal Katyal (Washington, DC)
6:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
7:00 pm

Steve Komie & Bruce Udolf Birthday Bash

Location: The Red Onion

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
7:00 am Breakfast and Exhibits
8:00-9:00 am Effective Voir Dire Made Simple – Eric J. Davis (Houston, TX)
9:00-10:00 am The Soul of Wit: Brevity in Legal Writing – Andrew Fleischman (Atlanta, GA)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for activities
4:00-5:00 pm Using Prosecution Ethics Policies to Defense Benefit – Rory K. Little (San Francisco, CA)
5:00-6:00 pm Enforcing Brady: The Defense's Best Friend – Denis M. deVlaming (Clearwater, FL)
6:00 pm Seminar Adjourns


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12 general 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. 


The majestic mountains of Aspen are home to some of the world’s finest skiing and teaching facilities. The St. Regis Aspen sits in the heart of the action. Ajax, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass Mountains, all just minutes away, offer a multitude of skiing delights. Whether you enjoy hitting the slopes or relaxing by the fire, Aspen will renew and invigorate your spirits. The St. Regis Aspen is the perfect setting to attend the educational session and still be on the slopes early in the day. And the mystical town of Aspen, with its exciting art galleries, intriguing crafts and shops, and world-class restaurants and cafes will have you dreaming of your next visit. Come enjoy this awe-inspiring “world’s best” winter resort town, and bring the family! 

The St. Regis Aspen
315 E. Dean Street;
Aspen, CO 81611

Phone Reservations: (970) 920-3300 or (877) 787-3447
Online Reservations:
Group rate: S/D $550 + tax (Expires Friday, December 27, 2019)
Please mention "group rate for 2020 NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar" to receive the applicable discount rate. Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block as been filled prior to the cut-off date.

DISCOUNTED LIFT TICKETS: For discounted lift tickets unavailable to other travel agents, please contact Deanna Murphy at or call (866) 665-1041. Tickets must be pre-ordered & pre-paid by December 19, 2019. Tickets ordered after 12/19 will be at a higher rate.

Online Reservations:

Questions? Contact Director of Events Akvile Athanason at or call (202) 872-8600 x 630

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


Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $719. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $360. The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition and a free download of the seminar written materials. Hard copies are available at an additional cost. 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 or fax it to 202-872-8690. All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by December 25, 2019.




Registration for this event is now closed. You can register on-site at the St. Regis Hotel on Sunday, January 19 at 5pm.

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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $719
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $919
CJA Panel Lawyers $479
Young Lawyers (under 40) $479
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $699
ALL State or Federal Defenders $479
Additional Guests - Events Only Packages
Guest Event Package $200
Children's Event Package $150

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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