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2022 Fall Meeting & Seminar

Marriott Savannah Riverfront, Savannah, GA - 13.25 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

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

The number of individuals with mental illness and behavioral health conditions in the criminal legal system continues to increase, at enormous fiscal, health, and human costs. Mentally ill persons, many of whom enter the criminal justice system for offenses and aberrant behaviors related to their illnesses, often serve substantially longer sentences than others convicted of similar crimes, and are automatic candidates for punitive sanctions like solitary confinement. Judges and prosecutors are often undereducated on the role mental health plays in criminal conduct and often believe punishment is the answer, rather than treatment. Until America decriminalizes mental illness, criminal defense lawyers–and particularly, public defenders–must shoulder the tremendous responsibility of providing outstanding representation to those with mental and behavioral health issues. 

Representing a client with mental and behavioral illness requires an in-depth understanding of criminal procedure, experts, mental health defenses, and effective communication tactics. There is also a growing need to understand defendants' stories and the impact trauma, grief, and abuse have on mental health. This program brings together the nation’s top experienced lawyers, doctors, and thought leaders with expertise in mental health issues to empower attorneys to do exactly that.

This training will be held in historic, Savannah, Georgia, and covers issues relating to competence, the NGI defense, Sexually Violent Person (SVP) commitments, coping with grief and loss, storytelling and sentencing, the impact of COVID on mental health, and the traumatic effects of policing in communities of color. Zealous, informed advocacy can break the powerful negative stigma society has attached to mental illness. Join your colleagues for this essential training to learn how, and to understand why excellent representation of those with mental and behavioral health needs is more important than ever. Register today!

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, October 19, 2022
3:30-6:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, October 20, 2022
7:30 am Registration & Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL) and Program Co-Chairs Molly Parmer (Atlanta, GA), Colette Tvedt (Denver, CO), and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
8:25 am Grief and Forgiveness: Parallel Points and the Impact on Our Clients – Lori James-Townes (Baltimore, MD)
9:25 am Convicted, Committed, Condemned: Defending Sexually Violent Persons (SVP) – Richard L. Jones, Sr. (Madison, WI)
10:25 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:45 am Communicating with Client’s with Mental Health Issues – Expert (Oakland, CA) 
11:45 am Litigation of Non-Traditional Mental Health Defenses: PTSD & Beyond – Byron Conway (Atlanta, GA)
12:45 pm Lunch break on your own
2:15 pm Putting on Your Smarty Pants: How to Effectively Work With Experts – Carrie Thompson (Denver, CO)
3:15 pm The Ethics of Representing a Client with a Disability – Andrew S. Birrell (Minneapolis, MN)
4:15 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:30 pm Forensic Mental Health: Psychosis, Substance Use, and Trauma​ – Dr. Gimel Rogers, Psy.D., ABPP (Los Angeles, CA)
5:30 pm Adjourn for the day
Friday, October 21, 2022
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs 
8:25 am Preparing for Sentencing, at the Beginning, Using Effective Storytelling – Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
9:25 am Litigating the NGI Defense: Challenges & Opportunities – Carey Haughwout (West Palm Beach, FL)
10:25 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:45 am The Impact of Childhood Sexual Trauma on Mental Health and Sexual Violence Risk – Dr. Sanjay Shah, JD, PhD. (Atlanta, GA)
11:45 am Policing as Trauma: Litigating Race, Stereotype Threat and the Traumatic Effects of Policing in Communities of Color – Kristin Nicole Henning (Washington, DC)  
1:00 pm Lunch break on your own
2:30 pm Impact of Childhood Trauma and ACES on a Defendant’s Mental Health: A Sentencing Strategy – David Savitz (Golden, CO)
3:30 pm COVID-19 and Its Impact on Mental Health – Kristina Joseph, LCSW (Atlanta, GA) and Gabrielle Amber Pittman (Macon, GA) 
4:30 pm Seminar Adjourns
Saturday, October 22, 2022
7:00 am Exhibits
9:00 am NACDL’s Fall Board of Director’s Meeting (All are welcome and encouraged to attend)
1:00 pm Enjoy Savannah!



CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 13.25 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.


Marriott Savannah Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Blvd
Savannah, GA 31401

Phone Reservations: (800) 285-0398.
Online Reservations: Book your group rate for National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Group Discount Rate: $175 + tax  - SOLD OUT (Expires September 28, 2022). Please mention group code NALN to receive applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been sold-out prior to the cut-off date.


Staybridge Suites
301 E. Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31502
(0.5 mile away)
Online Reservations:
 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Overflow Block
Group rate: Wednesday, October 19 - $179 plus tax, Thursday - Saturday, October 20-22 - $209 plus tax (Expires October 3, 2022). 
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

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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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 September 20, 2022.



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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 $299
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $299
ALL Georgia Lawyers (Residents Only) $309
ALL Regional Lawyers (AL, FL, SC, TN) $369
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: $269
Non-Attendee Guest/Spouse Events Package $100
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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