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2020 Spring Meeting & Seminar

Hilton Charlotte Center City, Charlotte, NC - CLE Credits: 14.3 General/1.0 Ethics

Agenda Faculty CLE Hotel Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing

COVID-19 Update: The increasing local, state, and federal government imposed restrictions, CDC recommendations, and our ultimate concern for the health of our attendees, faculty, and staff have made it clear that, unfortunately, this Spring Meeting & Seminar must be cancelled. It is not possible for this particular program to go forward given the current situation. At this time, all other NACDL conferences and events are still scheduled to proceed as originally planned.


Program Summary:

If you want to take flight with your defenses, you can't let your trial skillset stall out. To be the best defense advocates, we must eliminate the drag of status quo trial tactics by continuously learning, modernizing, and reinvigorating the design of our trial skills.

By attending NACDL’s 2020 Spring Meeting & Seminar in Charlotte, you will not only learn the core principles of constructing a winning defense from arraignment to acquittal, but you will learn to fly with new and innovative advanced trial techniques from stars of criminal defense, like Larry Pozner on Cross-Examination. Some of the most experienced and brightest trial attorneys in their respective areas will let you in on the secrets of their success by demonstrating trial skills and techniques they’ve used and know to be the most effective way to help improve the likelihood of success at trial. This training will help you work your way through a case from A-Z with practical tips and important insights into how to manage your case from day one, beginning with effective bail strategies and pre-trial motions before moving through the entirety of trial, and ending with closing arguments and sentencing.

Get more lift out of your defenses; make your plans to join NACDL in Charlotte and be on your way to more “Not Guilty!” verdicts. Larry Pozner, a master of cross-examination, and co-author of "Cross-Examination: Science and Technique" will be the featured speaker in a special 4-hour session.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibits
Thursday, May 7, 2020
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA) & Program Chairs Marissa Elkins (Northamption, MA), C. Missy Owen (Charlotte, NC), and Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC)
8:30 am Pushing from All Directions: Bail Reform, Detention, and Pre-Trial Evidentiary Hearings  – Jake Sussman (Waverley, MA)
9:20 am Creative Motions Practice: It's Not Just for Dancers – Paul Rudof (Northamption, MA)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break   
10:30 am Litigation Ethics: How to Fly High, Without Crashing and Burning – Karen Clark (Phoenix, AZ)
11:30 am Case Preparation and Investigation – Bradley J. Bannon (Raleigh, NC) 
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own 
2:00 pm Establishing Your Theme & Theory in Eight Easy Steps – Andrea George (Spokane, WA)
2:50 pm Voir Dire Techniques: De-selection, and the 15-Minute Voir Dire – Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) & Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
4:20 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:40 pm In the Beginning...The Impact of Great Storytelling in Opening Statements – Patrice Fulcher (Linthicum Heights, MD) 
5:40 pm Adjourn for the day 
Friday, May 8, 2020
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements - CLE Program Chairs
8:10 am

Pozner on Cross-Examination PART 1 – Larry Pozner (Denver, CO)

- The 4 Mental Shifts of Modern Cross
- The 3 Techniques That Control Witnesses

[WATCH] a 7-minute sample video of Larry Pozner's Presentation

9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (Please see the committee meeting schedule online, or pick-up a detailed schedule at the NACDL registration desk) 
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am

Pozner on Cross-Examination PART 2 – Larry Pozner (Denver, CO)

- The Chapter Method of Modern Cross
- Page Preparation That De-Risks Cross 

[WATCH] a 7-minute sample video of Larry Pozner's Presentation

12:30 pm Lunch break on your own 
2:00 pm Telling Your Story: Persuasive Direct Examination – Edward J.  Ungvarsky (Alexandria, VA)
2:50 pm Persuading the Factfinder With the Power of Story – Natasha Silas (Atlanta, GA)
3:40 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:00 pm Closing Arguments: Why Using Technology is Crucial to Communicating With a Modern Jury – Erin Taylor (Charlotte, NC) 
4:50 pm Sentencing – Hon. Nancy Gertner (ret.) (Cambridge, MA)
5:40 pm Seminar Adjourns
7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art
(Location: 1520 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203)

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

- Randall & Stump, PLLC
- Attorneys Rob Heroy & Michael Green
- Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Saturday, May 9, 2020
7:30 am Exhibits
8:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings (pick-up detailed schedule at NACDL registration desk)
9:00 am NACDL Spring Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 pm Enjoy Charlotte!


FEATURING: Larry Pozner (Denver, CO)

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.  


Hilton Charlotte Center City Hotel
222 East Third St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone Reservations: (704) 377-1500
Online Reservations
Group Rate: $189 + tax (Expires Wednesday, April 15, 2020). Please mention group code "NACDL" 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:

Exclusive PLATINUM, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors:

still available...

Cocktail Reception Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

- Attorneys Rob Heroy & Michael Green
- Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Agenda Boards Sponsor:

still available...

Tote Bag Sponsor:

still available...


Complete Equity Markets, Inc.
Envista Forensics
WingMan - Addiction Resource Systems, Inc.


Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $419. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $210  (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 April 10, 2020.



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 $419
NACDL Members: Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International $309
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $309
ALL North Carolina Lawyers (Residents Only) $339
ALL Regional Lawyers (GA, KY, SC, TN, VA) $379
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 $100
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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