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2020 Annual Meeting & Seminar

The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, FL - CLE Credits: 14 General/1 Ethics

Agenda Faculty CLE Hotel Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Register Online Register by PDF Materials

COVID-19 Update: The health and welfare of conference attendees and staff is a priority for NACDL. We are currently proceeding with this scheduled event as planned, however, NACDL will continue to closely monitor developments in connection with the status of the coronavirus. While we are trying hard to strike a balance between taking immediate measures to limit personal contacts, we will continue long-range planning in anticipation of a point when the risk of virus spread has diminished. Obviously, if safety considerations continue, NACDL will promptly notify you should there be any change of plans with respect to this event. For resources to educate you on safe travel tips and any relevant health alerts or travel advisories, we recommend you stay current on any information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at:


Every day, in jurisdictions across the country, prosecutors skirt Brady requirements and police officers skirt the truth. Compounding the problem is the inability of defense counsel to access information about police and prosecutorial misconduct, not to mention the inadequacy of laws to require production of that information.

You are invited to join your nationwide NACDL colleagues at the historic Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, to identify and learn modern solutions and trial techniques to address these issues.

We will explore building and using a police database, working with law enforcement experts to crack your case, what Brady means in modern 2020, and the intersection between technology and misconduct including the ways law enforcement employs body cameras and facial recognition technology. You will also experience specific skills-based lectures that will teach you effective trial and motions techniques.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff, author of the books "Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice" and "Punishment Without Crime" will be the featured speaker.

Join us for this timely and unique training on how to break through the barriers, and hold police and prosecutors accountable for both their actions, and inaction.  


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
3:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibits
Thursday, August 13, 2020
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA) & CLE Program Co-Chairs Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ) and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
8:10 am He's Lying: Attacking Police Credibility in Suppression Motions  – James W. Smith, III (Orlando, FL)
9:10 am Exposing the Truth: Working with Police Practices Experts  – Richard Rivera (West New York, NJ) 
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break   
10:30 am Ethical Investigation of Police Misconduct and Government Overreach  Through Non-Traditional Means – Yasmin Davis (New York, NY)
11:30 am Creating and Using Police Accountability Databases – Kate Dittmeier Holm (Frankfort, KY)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own 
2:00 pm Telling the Story of Police Misconduct in Your Opening Statement – Dehlia Umunna (Cambridge, MA) 
3:00 pm Challenging the Use and Reliability of Informants in the Criminal Justice System – Alexandra Natapoff (Irvine, CA)  
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm Challenging Evidence Collection & Preservation Procedures – Christopher Flood (New York, NY)  
5:20 pm Adjourn for the day 
7:00 pm

Welcome to Palm Beach Reception

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Friday, August 14, 2020
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcements – NACDL President-Elect Christopher Adams (Charleston, SC) & CLE Program Co-Chairs Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ) and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
8:25 am Working with Civil Rights Lawyers – Jeffery Robinson (Seattle, WA)  
9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (pick up detailed schedule at NACDL registration desk)
9:25 am Criminalizing Pregnancy: Defending Women Against Charges from Concealing Birth to Homicide – Lynn Paltrow (New York, NY)  
10:25 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break   
10:45 am Discovering Brady in 2020 – Denis deVlaming (Clearwater, FL) 
11:45 am Lunch break on your own 
1:05 pm Direct Examination of the Client & Experts in Police Misconduct Cases – Mary Moriarty (Minneapolis, MN)
2:05 pm Body Worn & Squad Cam Cameras: Attacking the Tech and Use in Motions to Suppress – Leslie McNair-Jackson (Camden, NJ) 
3:05 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
3:25 pm Challenging Facial Recognition & Other Software – Vincent M. Southerland (New York, NY)
4:25 pm Challenging Probabilistic Genotyping and Familial DNA – Elizabeth Vasquez (Brooklyn, NY)
5:25 pm Seminar Adjourns
Saturday, August 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 Annual Membership and Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 pm Enjoy the Beach!


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.


The Breakers Resort
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Phone Reservations: (888) 273-2537
Group rate: $239 + tax  (Expires Wednesday, July 22, 2020)
Please mention  group code "NACDLM20" or group name "NACDL 2020 Annual Seminar" 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.

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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Cocktail Reception Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:

Agenda Boards Sponsor:

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Tote Bag Sponsor:

Lanyard Sponsor:


ABC News
Garrett Discovery Inc.
Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.
Primeau Forensics
Trial Lawyer National Portrait Gallery
WingMan - Addiction Resource Systems, Inc.


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 $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. 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 July 17, 2020.


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.

Apply for a Public Defense Scholarship  


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 $419
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $329
Non Members (includes 1 year membership) $728
ALL Public Defenders $299
ALL Florida Lawyers (Residents Only) $329
ALL Regional Lawyers (AL, GA, SC) $369
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $269
Guest/Spouse Event Package $200
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
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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