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2023 White Collar Seminar & Fall Board Meeting

Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC - 12.5 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

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NACDL's 2023 White Collar Seminar and Fall Board Meeting will be held on October 18-21, 2023 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Program Summary:

With nearly 5,000 federal criminal offenses, and hundreds of thousands of regulations that can be punished criminally, the power of the federal prosecutor has never been stronger. Many of these offenses are vague on their face, others can be stretched beyond recognition, and nearly all are connected to the ever-increasing Sentencing Guidelines. Prosecutors are armed with broad charging discretion, and discovery rules that consistently favor the government. For those accused of white collar crime, this is their reality.

It is for all these reasons that NACDL’s Defending the White Collar Case: In And Out of Court Seminar was created nearly two decades ago. Each year the white collar defense bar gathers to learn from each other, to improve their skills, and to ensure they are well-positioned to provide their clients the best defense possible.

The power of prosecutors is great, but this defense revival meeting is even greater.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
3:30-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
6:00 pm Welcome Reception
Thursday, October 19, 2023
7:45 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast 
8:30 am Welcoming Remarks - NACDL President Michael P. Heiskell & Program Chairs
8:45 am

Res Ipsa Criminal: Criminalizing Civil Negligence

Moderator: Gerald 'Gerry' H. Goldstein, Goldstein & Orr (San Antonio, TX) 

Panelists: David Gerger, Gerger Hennessy & McFarlane (Houston, TX); Jeff Kearney, Kearney Law Firm (Forth Worth, TX); Kimberly Parker, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (Washington, DC); and Sally Yates, King & Spalding LLP (Atlanta, GA)

9:55 am Transition Break
10:10 am

The Shrinking Reach of Federal Corruption Statutes

Moderator: Lilly Ann Sanchez, The LS Law Firm, (Miami, FL)

Panelists: Howard Master, Nardello & Co. (New York, NY); Sonia Torres, DLA Piper (San Juan, PR); and Barry Berke, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP (New York, NY)

11:20 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:35 am

Lawyers Representing Lawyers: The Troubling Recent Prosecutions of Defense Lawyers and Related Ethical Issues

Panelists: Sean Berkowitz, Latham & Watkins (Chicago, IL); Kobie Flowers, Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP (Washington, DC); and Lucius Outlaw, Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC)

12:45 pm Keynote Luncheon - Featuring  Bob Woodward, Washington Post (Washington, DC)  
2:00 pm

Judicial Panel

Moderator: Michael P. Heiskell, Johnson Voughn & Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)

Panelists: Hon. Casey Cooper, U.S. District Court District of Columbia (Washington, DC); and Hon. Amit Mehta, U.S. District Court District of Columbia (Washington, DC)

3:10 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
3:20 pm

Congressional Investigations, Parallel Proceedings, Contempt, etc.

Moderator: Abbe David Lowell, Winston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC)

Panelists: Reg Brown, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Washington, DC); Karen Dunn, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Washington, DC); Debra Katz, Katz Banks Kumin LLP (Washington, DC); and David Schoen, David I. Schoen, Attorney at Law (Montgomery, AL)

4:30 pm

Lessons from Recent Criminal Antitrust Cases

Moderator: Barry J. Pollack, Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler LLP (Washington, DC) 

Panelists: David Beller, Recht Kornfeld, P.C. (Denver, CO) and Wendy Johnson, RMP LLP Attorneys At Law (Springdale, AR)

5:40 pm Adjourn for the day
7:00 pm NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice Gala
Friday, October 20, 2023
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast  
8:15 am Morning Announcements - Program Chairs and NACDL Staff
8:25 am

Criminalizing Reproductive Healthcare 

Moderator: Deborah Kelly, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Washington, DC)

Panelists: Molly Meegan, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Washington, DC) and Dr. Jennifer Villavicencio, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Washington, DC)

9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (Please see the committee meeting schedule online or pick-up a detailed schedule at the NACDL registration desk)
9:35 am Transition Break
9:45 am

White Collar Cases to Watch on Appeal

Moderator: Christopher Man, Winston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC)

Panelists: Abigail Horn, Federal Community Defender Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Lisa Mathewson, Mathewson Law LLC (Philadelphia, PA); and Erin Murphy, Clement & Murphy PLLC (Washington, DC)

10:55 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:10 pm

National Security Cases and FARA

Moderator: Kristin Tahler, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

Panelists: Randall Jackson, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (New York, NY); Amy Jeffress, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (Washington,DC); Steve Hauss, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (Washington, DC); and William W. Taylor, III, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP (Washington, DC)    

12:20 pm Lunch on your own
1:30 pm Friday Keynote - featuring Rep. Jamie Raskin, United States House of Representatives (Washington, DC) 
2:15 pm Transiton Break
2:30 pm

A Conversation on Pardons and Clemency 

Featuring: Liz Oyer, Office of the Pardon Attorney, Department of Justice (Washington, DC) and Lisa Wayne, Executive Director, NACDL (Washington, DC)

3:15 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
3:25 pm

Hot Topics at Trial: Trial Penalty and Plea Negotiations, Experts, Motions Practice & Brady

Panelists: Lauren Gailey, Winston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC); Daniel Gonzalez, Law Office of Daniel S. Gonzalez (El Paso, TX); Susan Necheles, Necheles Law LLP (New York, NY); and Lance Wade, Williams & Connolly LLP (Washington, DC)

4:35 pm Seminar Adjourns
Saturday, October 21, 2023
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 Washington, DC!


David Beller, Recht Kornfeld, P.C. (Denver, CO)
Barry Berke, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP (New York, NY)
Sean Berkowitz, Latham & Watkins (Chicago, IL)
Reginald J. Brown, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Washington, DC)
Hon. Casey Cooper, U.S. District Court District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
Karen DunnPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Washington, DC)
Kobie Flowers, Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP (Washington, DC) *NACDL MEMBER
Lauren GaileyWinston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC)
David GergerGerger Hennessy & McFarlane (Houston, TX)
Gerry GoldsteinGoldstein & Orr (San Antonio, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Daniel GonzalezLaw Office of Daniel S. Gonzalez (El Paso, TX)
Steve Hauss, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (Washington, DC)
Michael HeiskellJohnson, Vaughn & Heiskell (Forth Worth, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Abigail HornFederal Community Defender Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Randall JacksonWillkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (New York, NY)
Amy JeffressArnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (Washington,DC)
Wendy JohnsonRMP LLP Attorneys At Law (Springdale, AR) *NACDL MEMBER
Debra KatzKatz Banks Kumin LLP (Washington, DC)
Jeff KearneyKearney Law Firm (Forth Worth, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Deborah KellyManatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Washington, DC)    
Abbe David LowellWinston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC)   
Christopher ManWinston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC)
Howard MasterNardello & Co. (New York, NY)    
Lisa MathewsonMathewson Law LLC (Philadelphia, PA) *NACDL MEMBER   
Molly MeeganAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Washington, DC)   
Hon. Amit MehtaU.S. District Court District of Columbia (Washington, DC)   
Erin MurphyClement & Murphy PLLC (Washington, DC) 
Susan NechelesNecheles Law LLP (New York, NY) *NACDL MEMBER   
Lucius OutlawHoward University School of Law (Washington, DC) *NACDL MEMBER   
Liz OyerOffice of the Pardon Attorney, Department of Justice (Washington, DC)   
Kimberly ParkerWilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (Washington, DC)   
Barry J. PollackHarris St. Laurent & Wechsler LLP (Washington, DC) *NACDL MEMBER 
Jamie RaskinUnited States House of Representatives (Washington, DC)   
Lilly Ann SanchezThe LS Law Firm (Miami, FL)   
David SchoenDavid I. Schoen, Attorney at Law (Montgomery, AL) *NACDL MEMBER  
Kristin TahlerQuinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (Los Angeles, CA) *NACDL MEMBER
William W. Taylor, III, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP (Washington, DC)    
Sonia TorresDLA Piper (San Juan, PR)    
Dr. Jennifer VillavicencioAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Washington, DC)   
Lance WadeWilliams & Connolly LLP (Washington, DC) *NACDL MEMBER
Lisa WayneNACDL (Washington, DC) *NACDL MEMBER
Bob WoodwardWashington Post (Washington, DC)    
Sally YatesKing & Spalding LLP (Atlanta, GA)    

CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12.50 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.


Capital Hilton Hotel
1002 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Phone Reservations: (800) 405-0064
Online Reservations:
Group rate: $299 + tax  (Expires September 27, 2023). Please mention group code NAC to receive applicable discount rate. 
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. 

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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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Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $709. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $355  (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 a letter of no more than two pages explaining the reason why you believe you should receive the grant grant to NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at  All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by September 20, 2023.


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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 Members $709
NACDL Members: Public Defender, Associate, Professor, New Lawyer, and International Members $409
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $1,028
ALL Non-Members State & Federal Public Defenders $609
ALL DC, MD, VA Lawyers (Residents Only) $599
Law Firm Groups of 4 (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $569
Paralegals / Legal Assistants $409
1-Day Rate (Thursday or Friday) $549
Non-Attendee Materials / Audio Recordings
Course Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar & Course Materials $350

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, October 13, 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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