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Keith Belzer (La Crosse, WI)
Keith Belzer is a nationally recognized lecturer and teacher on criminal defense issues, trial techniques and strategies. In addition to his position on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and the Wisconsin Trial Skills Academy, Mr. Belzer has lectured or taught criminal defense lawyers in a majority of the 50 states. He also has presented to the Israeli National Public Defender, the Puerto Rican CJA Panel and The People’s Republic of China, where Mr. Belzer was the keynote speaker at the first public defender regional training ever held in China. Mr. Belzer has been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer by his peers every year since its inception in 2005. In 2006 Mr. Belzer received one of 12 statewide Leaders in the Law awards from the Wisconsin Law Journal. Mr. Belzer is also a frequent commentator on national, statewide and local legal issues and has appeared on such nationally syndicated shows as 48 Hours, Good Morning America, Crime Scene Investigation, The O’Reilly Factor and Geraldo at Large. Mr. Belzer has had the honor and privilege of representing three Wisconsin Innocence Project clients who were ultimately exonerated. One of these clients, Evan Zimmerman, a man previously falsely convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a homicide that he did not commit, was the subject of a feature length documentary, Facing Life, the Retrial of Evan Zimmerman, which can be seen in syndication on the Arts and Entertainment Network and the History Channel. Keith has also worked as an actor, director and playwright. Keith has acted in Illinois, Wisconsin, Vermont and Connecticut. Plays he has written have been produced in California, Illinois, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. Prior to law school, Keith co-founded one theater company and managed two others and devoted close to a decade of his life exclusively to the world of theater.
Blair Berk (Los Angeles, CA)
Blair Berk is a partner in the nationally prominent law firm of Tarlow & Berk in Los Angeles, California. Since 2005, she has been selected by her peers in Naifeh & Smith’s The Best Lawyers in America, by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the “Top Criminal Lawyers” in California, and for the last 10 years as a California Super Lawyer. A graduate of Harvard Law School who studied under Professors Laurence Tribe and Alan Dershowitz, Ms. Berk defends complex criminal cases ranging from homicide and sex crimes to computer hacking and white-collar matters. Among Ms. Berk’s most important cases, her pro bono Habeas Corpus representation of Clarence Chance, an individual whose freedom was won after being framed, wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for over 17 years for the homicide of a deputy sheriff he did not commit. Ms. Berk regularly lectures on criminal justice and public affairs issues and is frequently consulted by the nation’s leading newspapers, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Ms. Berk also specializes in the representation of individuals and companies in the entertainment industry and her clients have included a number of well-known public figures. A native of North Carolina before moving to Los Angeles in 1990, she lives in Beverly Hills with her husband Daniel and their daughter Blythe.
Dr. Laura A. Brodie, Ph.D. (Tustin, CA)
Dr. Laura A. Brodie
has been a clinical and forensic psychologist for the past 20 years. She
is on several criminal court panels and specializes in juvenile and
adult sexual offender assessments. She also is an associate professor of
clinical and forensic psychology and teaches assessment at the doctoral
Dr. David Delmonico (Pittsburgh, PA)
Dr. David Delmonico is a Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Delmonico conducts research, consultation, and training on topics such as cybersex, cyberoffense, and cybersafety. Dr. Delmonico is co-author of In the Shadows of the Net, Cybersex Unhooked, Cybersex Unplugged, and Illegal Images. He has published numerous scholarly articles on a variety of technology and sexuality topics – including cyberoffense behavior. Dr. Delmonico is Director of the Online Behavior Research and Education Center (OBREC) at Duquesne University and Associate Editor of the Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity Journal.
Elizabeth J. Griffin, MA (Minneapolis, MN)
Elizabeth Griffin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty-nine years experience assessing and treating adolescents and adults who struggle with sexual issues. She has worked in a variety of setting including in-patient, out-patient, military and prison settings. Ms. Griffin lectures and consults nationally on the assessment and treatment of problematic online sexual behaviors, sexually compulsive behaviors, and sexual offending behaviors. Ms. Griffin has published numerous academic articles on issues related to problematic sexual behavior both offline and online. She is owner of Internet Behavior Consulting in Minneapolis, MN.
Marie Henein (Toronto, Ontario, CA)
Ms. Henein has been counsel on numerous high profile cases. Her experience includes a wide range of criminal, regulatory, quasi-criminal and cross border litigation representing individual, corporate and institutional clients both at the trial and appellate level. Ms. Henein has argued at all levels of court frequently including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She received her LL.B. in 1989 from Osgoode Hall Law School and her Masters in Law from Columbia University in 1991. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law. Ms. Henein is the Past President of The Advocates' Society (2010-2011) and currently the Treasurer of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is also one of the founders of the Ontario Court of Appeal's Appellate Duty Counsel Program, a program that provides free Appellate services to unrepresented Appellants at the Court of Appeal. She is a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Commission of Ontario. Ms. Henein lectures extensively. She was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she taught Evidence and Advanced Evidence. She was the co-chair of the Masters of Law - Criminal Program (2008-2013). She frequently lectures at the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates' Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the National Judicial Institute in numerous areas including trial advocacy, evidence, appellate advocacy and substantive criminal law. Ms. Henein recently delivered the prestigious Bernard Cohn Memorial Lecture at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Ms. Henein is Co-Editor of Martin's Criminal Code, Martin's Annual Criminal Practice, Martin's Related Criminal Statues and the Editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases. Ms. Henein has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and was the 2013 recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Laura Legge Award.
William O. 'Bill' James, Jr. (Little Rock, AR)
Bill James is a private practice attorney and who co-founded the James Law Firm with his Wife Patti James in 1994. He practices exclusively in the area of Criminal Law. The James Law Firm has five attorneys and offices in Little Rock, Conway and Fayetteville. He received his BSBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1991. He earned his juris doctorate in 1994 from the UALR School of Law. In 2004, he was recognized by Arkansas Business as one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in Business and Politics in Arkansas. From 2007 - 2011, Mr. James has been voted the “Best Attorney in Central Arkansas” by the readers of the Arkansas Democrat. In addition, Mr. James has been recognized as a “Mid South Super Lawyer” as one of the top attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi in the area of Criminal Defense for the past 10 years. He is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served on that organizations' Board of Directors for eight years and served as the Membership Chair for two years. He is a Member of the Arkansas Bar Association and is the past chairman of the Criminal Law Division and former member of the Board of Governors. He is the Past President of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has served on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and the Pulaski County Bar Association. In addition, Mr. James served as President of the Pulaski County Bar Association for 2003-2004.
Stephen Ross Johnson (Knoxville, TN)
Mr. Johnson is a trial and appellate attorney whose practice is focused on the defense of persons and companies accused of white-collar crimes, major felonies, and other serious matters in federal and state courts. He has argued or briefed cases before the Supreme Court of the United States; the Supreme Court of Tennessee; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits; all federal district courts in Tennessee; the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and Tennessee Court of Appeals. He has been admitted to practice on a pro hac vice basis in a number of other federal and state courts. Mr. Johnson has been defense counsel in jury trials and hearings in state and federal courts involving a wide variety of criminal offenses, including charges of theft of trade secrets, racketeering, money laundering, health care fraud, illegal gambling, government contract fraud, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, perjury, firearms offenses, illegal drug distribution, assault, child abuse and neglect, internet crimes, rape, other sexual offenses and homicide. He has successfully defended persons at jury trial in murder prosecutions when the death penalty was sought. Mr. Johnson has represented persons wrongfully convicted of serious felony matters on appeal and collateral review, to include direct appeal, state post-conviction, coram nobis, and federal habeas corpus proceedings. In addition, he represents health care providers and other licensed professionals in disciplinary matters. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), co-chairs NACDL's Sixth Circuit amicus committee, and is a past President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL). For three consecutive years he served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Criminal Justice Section, and he is the Associate General Counsel for the TBA. Mr. Johnson is on faculty with the Tennessee Criminal Defense College (TCDC), and is an active member of the white-collar defense, sentencing, forfeiture, mental health, and membership committees of NACDL. He serves as the chair of the technology committee of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and is a Master of the Bench with the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court. For his volunteer efforts, the TBA honored Mr. Johnson with its Access to Justice Award. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of white-collar criminal defense and has achieved an AV rating for preeminent legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Johnson is an adjunct professor with the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he supervises third year law students in the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic, an initiative he has been involved in for over a decade. He has published articles and taught lawyers, law students, members of law enforcement, and others on the topics of trial practice, wiretapping, ethics, federal grand jury investigations, the death penalty, pretrial preparation, forensics, jury selection, cross-examination, eyewitness identification, and other criminal law and litigation issues. He has been quoted or profiled in the Tennessee Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Newsweek and the National Law Journal. He is listed in SuperLawyers, Cityview's Top Attorneys, and the Knoxville Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served on the Constitutional Law Moot Court Team and the Moot Court Board, was a member of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, chaired the Speaker Series and UT Pro Bono, coordinated the Homeless Project, and was the founding director of the Tennessee Innocence Project. Among other honors, he received the Excellence in Criminal Advocacy Award and the Dean's Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Law. During law school, Mr. Johnson worked at the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Johnson completed his undergraduate education at Carson-Newman University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics with a minor in Political Science. At Carson-Newman, he was an honors student, a resident assistant, involved in student government, founded the Community Connections program, and was president of the Bonner Scholars, who created the Stephen Ross Johnson Service and Leadership Award and named him its first recipient. Mr. Johnson was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Economic History from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and worked as a consultant economist for Govan Initiative, a Scottish economic development agency. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Johnson worked as a private investigator and also in the education, court, banking, retail, farming, and manufacturing sectors. He regularly draws on his diverse academic and vocational experiences in representing his clients.
Mike Klinkosum (Raleigh, NC)
Mike Klinkosum’s standard for being a defense lawyer is simple: “A good lawyer represents clients, but a great lawyer fights for people.” With 20 years of experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer, Mike has defended thousands of people, charged with crimes ranging from minor infractions to capital murder. He has fought for the accused in numerous trials and hearings as lead counsel. He has fought on behalf of those with the means to defend themselves, as well as the indigent. He has waged battles for people in high-profile cases and, more often, for the accused who received no media attention. He has been certified as a Specialist in State Criminal Law by the NC Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2004 and a Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2007. His practice at the Raleigh, NC office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC focuses on defending the accused charged with high-level felonies, particularly white-collar crimes, sex offenses, controlled substance offenses, and violent felonies. Mike’s career and role in the criminal justice system has always been that of a trial lawyer for the accused. Prior to entering private practice, he spent several years as an Assistant Public Defender, both in Chicago, IL and Raleigh, NC. He has also represented people charged with first-degree murder as an Assistant Capital Defender with the NC Office of the Capital Defender. Among his many hard fought victories, Mike was instrumental in securing the release of Floyd Brown, a man with significant intellectual disabilities who was wrongfully charged with murder in 1993 and held without a trial in a state mental hospital for 14 years. He was also instrumental in the exoneration of Greg Taylor in 2010 by a three-judge panel convened by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. Taylor’s exoneration resulted in an in-depth review and reform of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory. Mike is the only two-time recipient of the Kellie Crabtree Award from the NC Advocates for Justice and is also the recipient of the ACLU of North Carolina Award. He has been recognized on multiple occasions as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in North Carolina by North Carolina Super Lawyers Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,” and The National Trial Lawyers. He maintains an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is the author of Klinkosum on Criminal Defense Motions, now in its 3d edition, and is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law where he teaches Criminal Procedure Litigation Skills. Mike obtained his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995.
Stephen P. Lindsay (Fairview, NC)
Steve is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he graduated with Honors in Criminal Justice_ Attending on both a football and baseball scholarship, Steve was also the recipient of a Dana Scholarship for academic excellence . Steve attended law school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he graduated with Honors. While in law school, Steve was a member of the Holderness Moot Court and was one of the directors of the Braxton Craven National Moot Court Competition. Steve has been involved in several noteworthy cases over the years. Prior to law school he worked with lawyers in Raleigh on US v. McDooald, a well-known case concerning a military doctor who was convicted of murdering his wife and children. Not long after that, Steve worked in the Guilford County District Attorney's Office while the Klan/Nazi trial was going on. In more recent years, Steve has handled several high-profile murder cases. State v. Lippard involved two young men who murdered six people including two grandparents and a young child. Through the efforts of Steve and his co-counsel, Mr. Lippard avoided death sentences. Steve worked with Judy Clark on the Eric Rudolph case involving multiple bombings in the southeast, with Kerry Sutton on the Mike Peterson murder case in Durham (an author accused of bludgeoning his wife to death), and on US v. Lorust, a federal trial in which the defendant was tried for the murder of a Park Ranger (government sought death but withdrew request at sentencing phase). Steve and Kerry Sutton successfully argued for the removal of the elected District Attorney in Durham, North Carolina last year. Tracy Kline who replaced Mike Nifong of the infamous Duke Lacrosse cases, made numerous disparaging remarks about a local judge which triggered the action. Only once before in North Carolina history has an elected district attorney been ordered out of office. Steve devotes between six and eight weeks a year to training programs, lectures and keynote addresses. He is a faculty member at the National Criminal Defense College (since 1996), at the Defender Advocacy Institute (University of Dayton law schoo1 since 1998), at the Federal Defender Trial Skil1s Institute (Case Western Law School since 208), at the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, and for Bill Daniels. Steve has published several articles including "Cross Examination in Capital Cases: May I have some ... uh ... sprinkles. Yes, some sprinkles," The Champion (April 2001); "Storytelling: Why We Do It and How To .Do It Better," The Champion (December 1999); "Do You Hear What I Hear? Demonstrative Evidence Makes A Difference," The Champion (June 1998).
Brad A. Meryhew (Seattle, WA)
Brad Meryhewis an attorney in private practice in Seattle whose practice focuses on representing those accused of sexual misconduct in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings throughout Washington State. He began his legal career as a public defender in King County handling misdemeanor and felony trials, with a focus on sexual offenses. Prior to his legal career Brad worked in public policy in Washington, D.C., and as a business manager. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Puget Sound School of Law and a 1980 graduate of the University of Utah. Brad has represented the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on the Washington Sex Offender Policy Board since its inception in 2008, and is regularly involved in public policy and legislative work to advance the rights and dignity of offenders.
Laura Schile (Sun City, AZ)
As a nationally renowned expert, Laura has more than 16 years of experience in research and the forensic sciences. She is court qualified as an expert in DNA analysis, serology, crime scene investigation, evidence collection and handling, and hair comparison. Laura has worked with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson research center, The Texas Department of Public Safety, and as the DNA Lab Manager for the Oklahoma City Police Department. Her most recent affiliation was with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, consulting on all aspects of the forensic sciences in relation to trial and appeal processes. Laura is ASCLD certified as a technical leader, and a member of various professional organizations. Laura’s comprehensive mix of knowledge and experience enables her to advise on how to use many different types of information and evidence to support a competent defense or effective prosecution. Based on case review, she will recommend strategies for witness interviews, inclusion, exclusion or further testing of evidence, court testimony or other expert assistance.
Jeffrey E. Thoma (Fairfield, CA)
Jeffrey E. Thoma is a criminal defense attorney at both the trial and appellate levels, and is a Visiting Professor of Evidence at the University of Hawaii School of Law. He has appeared before the United States, California, and Nevada Supreme Courts; and has specialized in capital litigation for almost thirty-five years, and DNA cases for over twenty-five plus years, and has served for about ten years as a member of the planning committee member and faculty of the Capital Case Defense Seminar in Monterey, CA. He served as a commissioner under Attorney General Janet Reno on the United States Department of Justice’s Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence from 1996-2001, and has lectured and been published on this subject and others nationwide. He presently serves on the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Annual Forensics Program of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and has co-chaired NACDL’s Annual Meeting CLE the past three years. He is also currently President of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), and had been Seminars Chair for CACJ the prior ten years. He is also a faculty member at the Boulder, CO Capital Voir Dire program, for the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) and at the Hawaii State Public Defender Annual Conference. He was formerly the Chief Public Defender for Solano County (CA) from 2004-2010, the Chief Public Defender for Mendocino County (CA) from 1997-2004, and also formerly worked as a Deputy Public Defender for San Diego (CA), Orange (CA), and Clark (NV) counties, and as a Deputy District Attorney in Humboldt County(CA).
Dr. Veronica A. Thomas, Ph.D. (Tustin, CA)
Dr. Veronica A. Thomas is a criminal forensic psychologist specializing in differential diagnostic assessment and juvenile and adult sex deviance evaluation. She is on criminal court panels, and has extensive courtroom experience.
Don Vilfer (Sacramento, CA)
Don Vilfer operates Califorensics, a Computer Forensics and Investigative Services firm in the Sacramento area. He conducts and oversees Computer Forensics, eDiscovery and the investigation of fraud, employee misconduct, theft of trade secrets and computer security issues for a broad range of clients. Don previously served in the FBI as the Special Agent in charge of a White Collar Crime and Computer Crimes Unit and supervised the FBI CART (Computer Forensics) Team. During his FBI career he was also assigned to the Washington D.C. Field Office and later was a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. where he led a major case management team at venues from The White House to the Oklahoma City Bombing. Don is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law and a member of the Ohio Bar.
Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
NACDL Past-President Lisa Monet Wayne is an attorney in private practice in both state and federal courts around the country. She handles serious felonies and complex civil litigation including numerous high profile cases. Previously, Wayne was a Colorado State Public Defender for 13 years where she served as office head, training director, and senior trial attorney. She lectures nationally with NACDL, NCDC, NITA, ABA, ATLA and various other organizations. Wayne is currently an adjunct law professor at the University of Colorado where she teaches Trial advocacy, and she serves on faculty at the Trial Practice Institute at Harvard Law School, The National Criminal Defense College, and Cardoza Law School. She is a CNN legal analyst regarding high profile cases around the country and continues to be an advocate in all venues of the media addressing important issues confronting the criminally accused. In 2005, Wayne was honored with the Robert J. Heeney Award, NACDL’s most prestigious recognition.