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2023 Post-Dobbs Defender Skills Summit

University of Tennessee College of Law , Knoxville, TN

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SAVE THE DATE to attend another innovative national defense summit on this subject featuring all new topics. A year after the Dobbs decision, this event comes at a critical time in the increasing criminalization of reproductive healthcare and increasing pregnancy-related prosecutions. 

This free litigation training is being held for all defense lawyers handling pregnancy-related cases, and particularly those doing public defense work. The faculty of subject matter experts, including public defenders and medical experts, will discuss the current status of laws and prosecutions across the country and the nuts and bolts of litigating these cases, with the goal of ensuring every individual has excellent representation with strong defenses.* 

* Note that this event is not open to those involved in the prosecution of criminal cases or to law enforcement* 

Please mark your calendars for July 14 (a full day of training) and July 15 (half day until noon). A registration email and full agenda are coming soon.      

Topics will include:  

  • Overview of Current Landscape and Litigation Update from National Perspective
  • Front End Representation, Including Addressing Bail and Bond Issues 
  • Public Defenders with a Litigation View from the Ground 
  • Forensic Pathology in Pregnancy-Related Cases
  • Healthcare Privacy Overview & Medical Records Suppression
  • Voir Dire
  • Top Ethical Considerations 
  • Jurisdiction and Extraterritoriality Issues

…. And more, including “networking” and collaboration opportunities with other attendees. 

More details and the agenda are coming soon. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have by emailing Vanessa Antoun at  We look forward to working with you on this important effort and hope to see you on July 14 and 15 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  


More details and faculty coming soon!

Friday, July 14, 2023
TBA Current National Landscape / Pregnancy Prosecution Update
TBA  Overview of Issues in Self-Managed Abortion Cases 
TBA “Front End” Litigation Including Bail / Bond / Release Issues 
TBA Public Defender Panel with a View from the Ground, Issues Faced & Strategies 
TBA Medical Issues and Forensic Pathology in Pregnancy Related Cases, Including Drug Use During Pregnancy 
TBA Defending Charges from Conduct During Pregnancy: Drug Use, Child Endangerment Cases and More 
TBA Healthcare Privacy Overview and Medical Records Suppression 
Saturday, July 15, 2023
TBA Top Ethical Considerations
TBA Voir Dire and Framing the Narrative in High Publicity, Emotionally/Politically Charged Cases  
TBA Family Defense Issues: Holistic Defense Issues Including Child Welfare and Custody 


Coming soon...


Seminar Venue:
University of Tennessee College of Law 
1505 W. Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917 

Hotel Accomodations:
Cumberland House Knoxville, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

1109 White Ave
Knoxville, TN 37916

Phone Reservations: 1-865-971-4663
Online Reservations: Book your group rate for NACDL's 2023 Post-Dobbs Defender Skills Summit
Group rate: $139 + tax  (Expires June 22, 2023). Please mention NACDL to receive applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

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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