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2022 Defending Sex Cases Training Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 15.0 Credits

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Program Summary:

Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.

Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training seminar will most-assuredly be our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!

Much like all NACDL programs, this event also presents the unique opportunity to develop both professional and personal contacts where you can experience the camaraderie of being with criminal defense lawyers from all around the world. Don’t miss this exciting educational opportunity. Attend this highly-rated one-of-a-kind NACDL seminar and leave with a better understanding of defending sex crimes cases in order to effectively represent your clients before, during, and after trial.

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 participants will need to self-certify they have received the full dosage of a vaccine for COVID-19 prior to attending.
  2. While no longer required, all attendees are encouraged 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). 
  3. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel property, including at the entrance to all meeting rooms. 
  4. The seminar room will be arranged with socially distanced tables/chairs to the best of our ability.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
5:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, November 10, 2022
7:00 am Registration & Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – CLE Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA), Missy Owen (Charlotte, NC) & Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
8:10 am PART 1:  High-Impact Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases Using The Chapter Method ® – Larry Pozner (Kailua Kona, HI)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am PART 2:  High-Impact Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases Using The Chapter Method ® – Larry Pozner (Kailua Kona, HI)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00pm Representing Women Accused in Sex Cases – Bobbi Sternheim (New York, NY)
3:00 pm Forensic Interviews of Child Complainants in Sex Assault Cases – Rebecca Coffee (Milwaukee, WI) and Craig Mastantuono (Milwaukee, WI)
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm Brain & Body- Using Expert Witnesses to Defend Sex Cases – Mallory Hughes (Omaha, NE), Dr. Jennifer L. Johnson, DNP, APRN, AFN-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-C, DF-AFN (Mission, KS), and Dr. Nicole Schneider, Ph.D., ABPP (Denver, CO)
5:50 pm Adjourn for the day
7:00 pm Opening Reception - Koi, Planet Hollywood Hotel
Friday, November 11, 2022
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – CLE Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA), Missy Owen (Charlotte, NC) & Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
8:10 am DNA and Serology – Laura Schile (Sun City, AZ)
9:40 am Representing Doctors in Sexual Abuse Cases – Isabelle A. Kirshner (New York, NY) and Wayne Gosnell (New York, NY)
10:40 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:00 am Can't Touch This: Defending the Healthcare Professional Facing Sexual Assault Allegations (Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Optometrists, and Dentists)  – Tracy Green (Los Angeles, CA)
12:00 pm Lunch break on your own
12:15 -1:15pm Lunch Gathering: Women in Criminal Defense – Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion of women's experiences as criminal defense lawyers including brief stories by several board members and speakers, then come to the open microphone and tell us your story. A chance to meet  others, network, and share experiences, while finding ways to help each other in this most challenging and rewarding vocation. Strength in numbers always!
1:30 pm Beating a Stacked Deck: Attacking Electronic Evidence In Digital Searches – Tim Zerillo (Portland, Maine)
2:30 pm How Ya Gonna Spin That? Getting the Media to Warm Up to Your Case – Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC and Toronto, ON)
3:30 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
3:50 pm #Cyberoffenses: Understanding Online Sexual Offense Behavior (CP, enticement, etc.) – Elizabeth Griffin, MA, LMFT (St. Louis Park, MN) and Charles Samenow, MD, MPH (Washington, DC)
4:50 pm Seminar Adjourns - see you in 2023!



CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 15.00 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: $116 + $35 resort fee + tax  (Expires October 17, 2022). Please mention group code SMNAL2 to receive applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

Sponsorship and Exhibits

Disclaimer: NACDL does not necessarily endorse or guarantee the quality, applicability, or discounts of the products and/or services of its exhibitors. Users of these products and/or services do so at their sole discretion and NACDL assumes no responsibility for them.

For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at or call (202) 465-7637.

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


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Alpha Emergence Behavioral Health
Garrett Discovery
Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.
Metadata Forensics, LLC
Paradise Creek Recovery


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 $409. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $205 (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
All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by October 13, 2022.


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: 

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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $409
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $319
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $319
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $309
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $359
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: $279
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $250
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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