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2023 Albert J. Krieger Annual Meeting of NACDL

Swissotel Chicago, Chicago, IL - 14.5 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

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"Cross-a-Palooza: Techniques for Winning with Effective Cross-Examination"

Does the prosecution’s witness list and expert testimony got you down? Don’t sing the blues just yet… join your international NACDL colleagues in “The Windy City,” to find your voice and learn effective strategies for winning the case on cross-examination.

Some of the nation’s finest experts and seasoned practitioners will share their proven and time-tested methods; covering both basic and more advanced aspects of cross-examination. You will hone your cross-examination skills and learn to apply them across the board in your trial practice, from investigation and preparation, to conveying your story through cross, to taking down that snitch on your way to an acquittal.

Our expert faculty will guide you through the potentially dangerous scenarios and obstacles of cross-examination, and give you the skills to avoid them. Larry Pozner, the master of cross-examination, says “What Wins Your Trial is Your Cross.” He will be on-hand as the featured speaker to debut his all-new lecture, "High Impact Cross-Examination of Forensic Experts Using the Chapter Method" in a special 4-hour session.

This event will take place simultaneously with Lollapalooza, an annual four-day American music festival held in historic Grant Park - just a short walk from the host hotel.

Make your plans now to attend — you don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind CLE event and a chance to enjoy fabulous Chicago with new, and old friends—register today!


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023
3:30-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, August 3, 2023
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Nellie L. King (West Palm Beach, FL) & CLE Program Co-Chairs Jonathan Brayman (Chicago, IL), Huda Ajlani-Macri (Miami, FL), and Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL)
8:15 am Pozner on Cross: The Chapter Method Applied to Forensic Experts - PART 1 – Larry Pozner (Kailua Kona, HI)
9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (please pick up a detailed schedule at the NACDL registration desk)
10:15 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:35 am Pozner on Cross: The Chapter Method Applied to Forensic Experts - PART 1 – Larry Pozner (Kailua Kona, HI)
12:35 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Making Interrogators Cry the Blues: Crossing Police in Confessions Cases – Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
2:50 pm Cross-Examination of the Snitch – Robert Fickman (Houston, TX)
3:40 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:00 pm Preparing Your Client for Cross-Examination – Lisa M. Noller (Chicago, IL)
4:50 pm R.A.C. City: Journeying to Successful Impeachments – Byron Conway (Denver, CO)
5:40 pm Seminar Adjourns
7:00 pm

Opening Reception – Eleve, 42nd Floor, Swissotel

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Friday, August 4, 2023
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – NACDL President-Elect Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX) & CLE Program Co-Chairs Jonathan Brayman (Chicago, IL), Huda Ajlani-Macri (Miami, FL), and Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL)
8:10 am Prepping for Cross in the Beginning: Investigation and Development of Themes for Cross – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (please pick up a detailed schedule at the NACDL registration desk)
9:00 am Crossing the Police in Warrantless Searches – Colette Tvedt (Denver, CO)
9:50 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:10 am Adverse Examination of a Government Cooperator – Damon M. Cheronis (Chicago, IL)
11:00 am How to Cross Without Crossing the Line: The Ethics of Cross-Examination – Kara Rolf (Milwaukee, WI)
12:00 pm Lunch break on your own
1:30 pm Driving Home The Defense Theory Through Cross-Examination of the Case Agents – Ian Friedman (Cleveland, OH) and Diane Menashe (Columbus, OH)
2:20 pm Get Back Here...How to Regain Control of the Runaway Witness – Takenya Nixon (Chicago, IL)
3:10 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
3:30 pm Confronting Race by Carefully Crafting Cross-Examination – Porsha Sha'fon Venable (Bronx, NY)
4:20 pm Let's Talk About Cross: Sexual Assault Complainants – Leslie McNair Jackson (Camden, NJ) 
5:10 pm Adjourn for the day
6:30 pm Networking Reception - Location: TBA
Saturday, August 5, 2023
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 Chicago!


Damon M. Cheronis (Chicago, IL) *NACDL MEMBER
Byron L. Conway, Jr. (Denver, CO)
Eric Davis (Houston, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Robert Fickman (Houston, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Ian N. Friedman (Cleveland, OH) *NACDL MEMBER
Leslie McNair Jackson (Camden, NJ)
Diane Menashe (Columbus, OH)
Takenya Nixon (Chicago, IL)
Lisa M. Noller (Chicago, IL)
Larry Pozner (Kailua Kona, HI) *NACDL MEMBER
Kara Rolf (Milwaukee, WI) *NACDL MEMBER
Colette Tvedt (Denver, CO) *NACDL MEMBER
Porsha Sha'fon Venable (Bronx, NY)
Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI) *NACDL MEMBER

CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14.5 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, TN and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


Swissotel Chicago
323 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Reservations: 1-888-737-9477
Online Reservations
Group rate: $189 plus tax (Expires July 12, 2023). Please mention group code NACDL0823 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.

Sponsor/Exhibit Prospectus

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


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BluShark Digital
Convert It Marketing
Crossroads Investigations
Crush the Rankings
Esquire Digital
Garrett Discovery
Justice Story
Studio 3 Marketing
The Rainmaker Institute
Trial Lawyer National Portrait Gallery


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.

OPTION 2: Amy Seidman Memorial Scholarships

In memory of long-time NACDL member Amy Seidman, who prematurely passed away in 2003, a special fund was established by the Foundation for Criminal Justice for financially needy NACDL members to attend the Annual Meeting. Five scholarships are available to include seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and materials. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.

To Apply: Prepare and e-mail 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 July 7, 2023.


OPTION 3: 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  


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
NACDL MEMBERS: Regular, Life, and Sustaining $419
NACDL MEMBERS: Public Defender, Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International $279
Non-Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Non-Member Public Defenders $299
ALL Illinois Lawyers (Residents Only) $299
ALL Regional Lawyers (IA, IN, KY, MI, MO, and WI) $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  $225
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Non-Atendee Written Materials Only $150
Non-Attendee audio CD & Written Materials $299
Attendee audio CD $150
Video DVD Recording of Seminar (Pre-Sale) $299

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, July 28, 2023, to receive a refund, less the cancellation fee. No refunds can be issued after the cancellation deadline.

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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