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2021 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 10.5 General Credits

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Program Details:

NACDL & NCDD's 2021 Annual Seminar "DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity" Seminar "Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques," will be held on October 13-16, 2021 at Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. 

If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you're considering adding DUI defenses to your firms portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Join your nationwide colleagues in Las Vegas to learn from the best-of-the-best, and take advantage of the unique opportunity to network, mingle, and establish a reciprocal referral base with over 600 of your colleagues from around the country. There is no better opportunity to confer and learn from your peers!

This one-of-a-kind CLE program is held in the mornings only, and consists of one day of general plenary session presentations, one day of split tracks for you to choose from, and one day with your choice of multiple workshops for small group, intense, and focused learning in the areas you need the most help. Whether you are a seasoned criminal defense practitioner, or just getting started and needing to learn the ropes, THIS IS THE NATIONAL GATHERING YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This DUI Seminar is held jointly in conjunction with the Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar, on the same dates, at the same location. While the DUI Seminar is held in the mornings only, the Drug seminar is held in the afternoons only. If you are interested in attending both seminars, click to register for both seminars button below and receive up to a 20% discount on your total combined registration fees.

Save 20% - Register for Both DWI and Drug

In order to ensure the highest level of safety for our attendees, NACDL will be implementing the following safety measures at the conference:

  1. All attendees will be required to wear a mask in public indoor settings. NACDL will have masks available for all participants at the registration desk, and signs will be displayed as a reminder to keep masks on at all times (except when eating or drinking). 
  2. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel property, including at the entrance to all meeting rooms. 
  3. The seminar room will be arranged with socially distanced tables/chairs to the best of our ability.
  4. Daily health check measures will be instituted before gaining access to the seminar, including a 3-point questionnaire, and a temperature check.
  5. All participants will need to self-certify they have received the full dosage of a vaccine for COVID-19 prior to attending.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, October 14, 2021
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – DUI Program Chair Steve Oberman (Knoxville, TN), NCDD Dean Don Ramsell (Tucson, AZ) and NACDL President Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA)​
8:50 am Defending the Brain: The Art of Improving Your Memory – Paul Mellor (Richmond, VA)
9:50 am Trial Techniques for Combating the Breath Test – Steven Epstein (Garden City, NY)
10:50 am Refreshment, Exhibitor, and Networking Break
11:10 am Pulling Back the Curtain on Laboratory Issues – Joseph P. St. Louis (Tucson, AZ)
12:10 pm The Disconnect: Defending Cases Where the Defendant Looks Good, But the BLAT is High – Denis DeVlaming (Clearwater, FL)
1:10 pm DUI Seminar Adjourns for the Day
1:10-1:30 pm Transition to Drug Seminar and Exhibitor Break
6:30 pm

Opening Reception – Planet Hollywood Hotel

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Friday, October 15, 2021
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Networking Tables - Network with other DUI lawyers on issues of interest over coffee and breakfast
8:00 am WORKSHOP - Google's Local Service Ads (LSAs) And Why They Matter More Now Than Ever – Brian Blades, Senior Vice President of Sales, Scorpion
9:00 am Plenary Session Begins: Remarks & Reminders – Steve Oberman (Knoxville, TN)
9:05 am


OPTION A: Changing the Variables in Retrograde Extrapolation – Dr. James "John" O'Donnell (Lake Bluff, IL)

OPTION B: SFSTs What You Need to Know – Anthony 'Tony' Palacios (Alpharetta, GA)

10:05 am


OPTION A: Acceptable Medical Practices When Drawing Blood – Ron Lopez, RN, CPI (Salida, CA)

OPTION B: Defeating the DRE With Their Own Science – Doug Murphy (Houston, TX)

11:05 am Refreshment, Exhibitor, and Networking Break
11:25 am


OPTION A: Lung Physiology for Breath Tests – Joe C. Anderson, Ph.D. (Seattle, WA)

OPTION B: Memory Improvement Techniques for Use at Trial – Paul Mellor (Richmond, VA)

12:25 pm


OPTION A: DUI Trials: Tricks of the Trade – Denis DeVlaming (Clearwater, FL

OPTION B: Memory Improvement Techniques for Use at Trial – Paul Mellor (Richmond, VA)

1:25 pm DUI Seminar Adjourns for the Day
1:25-1:45 pm Transition to Drug Seminar and Exhibitor Break
Saturday, October 16, 2021
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:10 am

WORKSHOPS (Select from Options Below)

  1. Trying Your First DUI Case (Less than 5 Years Experience) - Denis DeVlaming & John Webb
  2. FST Cross - Michelle Behan, Virginia Landry
  3. Challenging Drug Testing - Dr. James O'Donnell
  4. Blood Draw Workshop - Ron Lopez
  5. DUI Case Law Update - Donald Ramsell
  6. Crossing the ARIDE Officer - Anthony 'Tony' Palacios and Steve Oberman
  7. Crossing Breath Test Operator - Steven Epstein
9:30 am Refreshment, Exhibitor, and Networking Break
9:50 am

WORKSHOPS (Select from Options Below)

  1. Trying Your First DUI Case (Less than 5 Years Experience) - Denis DeVlaming
  2. FST Cross (1-5 years experience) - Michelle Behan, John Webb & Tony Palacios
  3. Challenging Drug Testing - Dr. James O'Donnell
  4. When the Stakes are High - Handling Serious Injury and Death Cases - Joseph P. St. Louis
  5. Oral Fluid Drug Testing Devices - Donald Ramsell
  6. Crossing Breath Test Operator - Steven Epstein
  7. Memory Power Workshop - Paul Mellor
11:10 am DUI Seminar Adjourns - See you September 28 - October 1, 2022!
11:10 - 12:00 pm Transition to Drug Seminar and Exhibitor Break


Joe C. Anderson, Ph.D. (Seattle, WA)
Michelle Behan (Tucson, AZ)
Denis DeVlaming (Clearwater, FL)
Steven Epstein (Garden City, NY)
Virginia Landry (Laguna Hills, CA)
Ron Lopez, RN, CPI (Salida, CA)
Paul Mellor (North Chesterfield, VA)
Doug Murphy (Houston, TX)
Steve Oberman (Knoxville, TN)
Dr. James "John" O'Donnell (Lake Bluff, IL)
Anthony Palacios (Alpharetta, GA)
Don Ramsell (Tucson, AZ)
Joseph P. St. Louis (Tucson, AZ)
John Webb (Saco, ME)

CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 10.5 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.


Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 
3667 Las Vegas Blvd South 
Las Vegas, NV 89109 

Phone Reservations: 1-866-317-1829
Online Reservations:
Group rate: $153 + $29 resort fee + tax  (Expires Tuesday, September 21, 2021). Please mention group code SMNAD1 or "NACDL 2021 DUI" to receive applicable discount rate.
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

A limited number of rooms at government per diem rate are currently available for NACDL Public Defender Members. For more information, please 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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Tote Bag Sponsor:

Above the Bar Marketing, LLC
Big Mouth Marketing
Breathe Easy Insurance
British Custom Tailors
CaseFile Connect
Defense Forensic
Garrett Discovery, Inc.
Kormanik Coaching Services
Smart Start
Wired for Addiction


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 $599. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $300  (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 grant to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by September 16, 2021.


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.
Completed public defense scholarship applications should be emailed to: 

Apply for a Public Defense Scholarship  


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

Registration Fees DUI Only BOTH DUI/Drugs
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining Levels $599 $799
NCDD Members $599 $799
Non-Members (includes 1st year NACDL membership)  $799 $1099
ALL Public Defenders $409 $588
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $549 $709
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $359 $488
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $200
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

If you are interested in attending both DUI and Drug seminars, register for both seminars together and receive up to 20% discount on your total combined registration fee.

Save 20% - Register for Both DWI and Drug

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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