NACDL - 2020 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar

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2020 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA - CLE Credits: 14.0 General/1.0 Ethics

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Program Summary:

Today’s criminal defense bar is facing ever-increasing challenges when protecting their clients from law enforcement searches, unreliable information and prejudicial evidence. This program will arm you with the tools necessary to combat these  intrusions and prosecutorial overreach, and equip you with effective strategies to suppress them whether on 4th and 5th Amendment grounds or by other pretrial motions.

Our nationally recognized faculty of experts and leading litigators will address the latest challenges and tactics to effectively suppress and preclude use of the prosecution’s evidence.  You will acquire the skills necessary to suppress searches whether they arise from the increasing intrusions into our privacy as technology advances or old fashioned methods such as racial profiling, canine sniffs or knock and talks.   Learn the latest techniques to suppress eyewitness identification and statements obtained in violation of your client's Miranda rights.  We'll also cover creative motions to file, to preclude the admission of prejudicial evidence, inadmissible hearsay violating the right to confrontation and Daubert challenges to unvalidated forensic science and so-called prosecution experts. Most importantly, you will be provided with the strategic tools and arguments to protect your clients from a large variety of law enforcement and prosecution abuse.

There's no time like the middle of winter to join your NACDL colleagues in sunny San Diego for this essential program to prepare yourself for future litigation.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:15 am Registration & Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:10 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA) & Program Chairs Bridget Krause and Deja Vishny
8:25 am Challenging Warrantless Blood Draws and Implied Consent – Adam Nero (Hudson, WI)
9:25 am From Chirp to Twitter: Suppressing Social Media Evidence – Justin Rosas (Medford, OR)
10:25 am Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
10:45 am Pre-Trial Litigation: Ethically Challenging Prosecutorial Misconduct in Suppression Hearings – Sean Bolser (Brooklyn, NY) & Amanda David (Brooklyn, NY)
11:45 am Forensics in Peer-to-Peer Sharing and Associated Litigation Challenges – Mo Hamoudi (Seattle, WA) & Terry Lahman (Snoqualmie, WA)
12:45 pm Lunch break on your own
2:15 pm Digital Device SearchesFrom the Border to Your Home – Esha Bhandari (New York, NY)
3:15 pm The Great Google Fishing Expedition: Challenging Geofence Reverse Location Data Post-Carpenter – Catherine Turner (Minneapolis, MN)
4:15 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:35 pm Litigating Confrontation Issues – Craig Albee (Milwaukee, WI)
5:35 pm Adjourn for the day
6:00 pm

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Friday, February 14, 2020
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcement – Program Chairs Bridget Krause (Milwaukee, WI) and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
8:20 am Dog Sniff Evidence: Recent Development in the Law – Stephen Hurley (Madison, WI)
9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (Please see the committee meetings schedule online or pick up a detailed schedule at the NACDL registration desk)
9:20 am Knock Knock, Who's There? Challenging Consent Searches of the Home – Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
10:20 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:40 am Cutting-Edge Motions to Suppress and Exclude Eyewitness Identifications – Ilona Coleman (Bronx, NY)
11:40 am Surviving the 'Suck': Identifying & Challenging Bad Character Evidence Before Trial – Andres Guevara (Denver, CO)
12:40 pm Lunch break on your own
2:10 pm Secure in Their Persons: Unreasonableness, Racial Profiling & 4th Amendment Rights – Karen Thompson (Newark, NJ)
3:10 pm Do or Daubert: The Importance of Challenging Forensic Evidence – Michael Brown (Los Angeles, CA)
4:10 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:30 pm Making Miranda Magic: Conjure Invocations, Reveal Shenanigans, and Vanish Waivers Into Thin Air – Marissa Elkins (Northampton, MA)
5:30 pm Adjourn for the day
Saturday, February 15, 2020
7:30 am Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings (pick up detailed schedule at NACDL registration desk)
9:00 am NACDL Midwinter Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 pm Enjoy San Diego!


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14 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.


Manchester Grand Hyatt
One Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone Reservations: (619) 232-1234
Online Reservations
Group Rate: $270 + tax + $25 destination fee per room per night (Expires Friday, January 24, 2020). Please mention group code "G-ACDL" to receive the applicable discount rate. Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

Advantage Rent A Car: NACDL members receive 10% off the already low published internet rates – this discount is valid throughout the country, all year without blackouts! Please call 800-777-5500 and mention discount code:CD031B828F or book online by clicking here.

Questions? Contact Director of Events Akvile Athanason at or call (202) 872-8600 x630.

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

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


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Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $429. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $215  (all other expenses are not included). The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and downloadable seminar 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 January 17, 2020.




Register Online Register by PDF Materials

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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $429
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $319
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $738
ALL Public Defenders $319
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $299
ALL Regional Lawyers (AZ, NV, UT) $389
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $279
Non-Attendee Guest/Spouse Events Package $110
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Both Written and Audio Recording (Non-Attendee) $225
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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