Race Matters in our criminal legal system.
As part of being effective advocates for our clients, criminal defense practitioners face the challenge of confronting the difficult issues presented by race in America, and its court system. Race affects what happens in every criminal case, beginning with the initial police encounter on the street and the media attention, to pre-trial litigation, and throughout a trial.
NACDL invites you to experience this powerful and illuminating annual event, which originated in Detroit in 2017, before traveling to Los Angeles, Charleston (Virtual), Chicago, and Montgomery. This year’s seminar will be hosted in Cincinnati, OH, "The Queen City,” at the iconic Netherland Plaza Hotel.
This program was created to intentionally challenge you to push the envelope on your understanding of and willingness to attack racial bias in the criminal legal system. It is designed to help criminal practitioners identify and confront issues of racial bias in our courts, in the media, within the law enforcement community, by prosecutors, and yes, even within the defense team. Attendees will hear from a variety of trial lawyers, top academics, civil rights lawyers and activists, and experts who will offer their personal perspectives, relevant data, strategies, and ideas on why race matters in every criminal case.
We hope you will join us to learn and enhance your ability to achieve new successes for your clients.
Directly across the Ohio River from Kentucky, Cincinnati has struggled with issues surrounding race for two centuries. Cincinnati stood as a welcoming point and beacon of hope for slaves fleeing the south on “The Underground Railroad” as the river served as a major line between enslavement and freedom, making it a pivotal landmark. Cincinnati also played a major role in abolition, and these efforts are commemorated at monuments and museums throughout the city, such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
Activities and Sites:
While attending the conference, there will be ample time and opportunity to visit museums, historic sites, patronize BIPOC owned businesses, and enjoy the architecture and amenities that abound.
Notable Historic Sites:
• National Underground Railroad Freedom Center [Get Tickets]
• Harriet Beecher Stow House [Get Tickets]
• Allen Temple AME Church
• Black Brigade Monument
• Taft Museum
• United American Cemetery
• Union Baptist Cemetery
• Wright House Bed and Breakfast
Recreation & Activities:
• Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - May 10-12 [Get Tickets]
• Cincinnati Zoo
• Skyline Chili
• Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center
• Great American Ballpark
• Paycor Stadium
• The Banks
• American Sign Museum
• Smale Riverfront Park
The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.
|Wednesday, May 10, 2023|
|3:30 pm||Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open|
|Thursday, May 11, 2023|
|7:00 am||Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast|
|8:00 am||Opening Remarks – NACDL President Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL)|
|8:15 am||Welcoming Remarks – Program Co-Chairs, Ana Paula Funes-Baker (Houston, TX), Alice Fontier (New York, NY), William Gallagher (Cincinnati, OH), Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), Ryan Ragland (Cincinnati, OH), Juval Scott (Charlottesville, VA), and Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)|
|8:25 am||Where We’re At: Collaborative Agreement 2002-2022 – Alphonse (Al) Gerhardstein (Cincinnati, OH) and Iris Roley (Cincinnati, OH)|
|9:25 am||Policing as Trauma: Litigating Race, Stereotype Threat and the Traumatic Effects of Policing in Communities of Color – Kristin Nicole Henning (Washington, DC)|
|10:25 am||Networking & Refreshment Break|
|10:45 am||Race-Based Trauma: Attorney Facing – Lisa M. Wayne (Washington, DC)|
|11:45 am||Race-Based Trauma: Client Facing – Lori James-Townes (Stoney Beach, MD)|
|12:45 pm||Lunch break on your own|
|2:15 pm||Bolstering Equal Protection Claims with Data: Best Practices and Caveats – Prof. Catherine M. Grosso (East Lansing, MI) and Prof. Barbara O'Brien (East Lansing, MI)|
|3:15 pm||Ensuring the Traffic Stop, or Stop of the Person was Proper – Alec Fitzgerald Hall (Tampa, FL)|
|4:15 pm||Adjourn for the day|
Group Networking Event at Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH
Join old friends and meet new ones at a networking reception featuring artwork from black artists.
Co-Sponsored by our friends at:
|Friday, May 12, 2023|
|7:00 am||Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast|
|8:00 am||Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs, Ana Paula Funes-Baker (Houston, TX), Alice Fontier (New York, NY), William Gallagher (Cincinnati, OH), Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), Ryan Ragland (Cincinnati, OH), Juval Scott (Charlottesville, VA), and Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)|
|8:10 am||Overcoming the Presumption of Guilt – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)|
|9:10 am||Beyond Guilt – David Singleton (Cincinnati, OH)|
|10:10 am||Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break|
|10:30 am||Body Mapping: A Method for Contextualizing Racial Issues in Mitigation – Dr. Julie Urbanik (Kansas City, MO)|
|11:30 am||Operation Lonestar – Meenu Walters (San Antonio, TX)|
|12:30 pm||Lunch break on your own|
|2:00 pm||Repeat Offender Claims: Bail & Detention Reform – Alice Fontier (New York, NY)|
|3:00 pm||The Impact of Dobbs on Race in the Criminal Legal System – C. Melissa “Missy” Owen (Charlotte, NC)|
|4:00 pm||Seminar Adjourns until 2024|
|4:30 pm||Group Gathering / Excursion|
Eric Davis (Houston, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Alice Fontier (New York, NY) *NACDL MEMBER
Alphonse (Al) Gerhardstein (Cincinnati, OH)
Prof. Catherine M. Grosso (East Lansing, MI)
Alec Fitzgerald Hall (Tampa, FL)
Kristin Nicole Henning (Washington, DC)
Lori James-Townes (Stoney Beach, MD)
Prof. Barbara O'Brien (East Lansing, MI)
C. Melissa “Missy” Owen (Charlotte, NC) *NACDL MEMBER
Iris Roley (Cincinnati, OH)
David Singleton (Cincinnati, OH)
Dr. Julie Urbanik (Kansas City, MO)
Meenu Walters (San Antonio, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Lisa M. Wayne (Washington, DC) *NACDL MEMBER
NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12.00 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, TN and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 W 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Reservations: 1-800-Hiltons (1-800-445-8667) or 1-888-750-9224
Online Reservations: 2023 NACDL Race Matters Hotel Reservations
Group Rate: $170 + tax (Expires April 19, 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.
GOVERNMENT PER DIEM ROOMS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call (202) 465-7637.
NACDL would like to thank the following sponsors, exhibitors, and affinity partners for their support and contributions:
Seminar Materials Sponsor:
Tote Bag Sponsor:
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 $299. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $150 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by April 12, 2023.
NACDL MEMBERSHIP AND RESERVATION AT THE HOST HOTEL ARE REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS.
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: PDTScholarship@nacdl.org
Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.
|NACDL MEMBERS: Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members||$299|
|NACDL MEMBERS: Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members||$279|
|NACDL MEMBERS: Student Members||FREE|
|Non Members (includes 1 year membership)||$458|
|ALL Public Defenders||$199|
|ALL Ohio and Kentucky Lawyers (Residents Only)||$219|
|ALL Regional Lawyers (IN, MI, PA, WV)||$249|
|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: http://www.nacdl.org/PDGroups||$179|
|Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings|
|Non-Attendee Written Materials||$150|
|Non-Attendee Audio CD||$299|
|Non-Attendee Written Materials and Audio CD||$299|
|Attendee Audio CD||$150|
|Video DVD (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, May 5, 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.Learn More