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2024 Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, CO - 12.0 Credits/2.0 Ethics Credit

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Program Summary:

Presented in cooperation with NACDL and Victor Sherman, there is nothing else like this ultimate networking and CLE event for the criminal defense bar. Intended for both veteran and young lawyers, it is bar-none the best criminal defense seminar in the country set in the best ski town in Colorado.

Plan now for your family winter getaway in fantastic Aspen, CO, where you'll find a world-class skiing environment, unlimited daily activities for the kids, shopping, and restaurants that rival any place in the world, AND.... an unparalleled CLE with a star-studded faculty discussing the latest topics and trends!


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Sunday, January 21, 2024
7:00 pm Opening Reception 
8:00 pm Opening Dinner – Featuring Remarks by NACDL President Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
Monday, January 22, 2024
7:00 am Early Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits
8:00-9:00 am Representing People with Mental & Emotional Disabilities – Elizabeth Kelley (Spokane, WA)
9:00-10:00 am Checkmate: Using Psychology to Think Three Steps Ahead of Your Opponent – Kelli Childress (El Paso, TX)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for skiing and other activities in Aspen
4:00-5:00 pm The Busy Lawyer's Guide to Excluding Prosecution Expert Evidence – Rene Valladares (Las Vegas, NV)
5:00-6:00 pm Cross-Examining the Prosecution’s Expert WitnessJuanita Brooks (San Diego, CA)
6:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
7:00 am Breakfast and Exhibits
8:00-10:00 am SCOTUS & D.C. Update – Jeffrey L. Fisher (Stanford, CA) and Neal Katyal (Washington, DC)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for skiing and other activities in Aspen
4:00-5:00 pm How to Put the Heat on the Heat: Cross-Examining Police Officers – Mary Stillinger (El Paso, TX)
5:00-6:00 pm Turning Your Client’s Defense Into an Offense – Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC and Toronto, ON) and David Rudolf (Charlotte, NC and Toronto, ON)  
6:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
7:00 pm Stephen Komie and Bruce Udolf Birthday Party 
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
7:00 am Breakfast and Exhibits
8:00-9:00 am New U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Amendments: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown – Molly Parmer (Atlanta, GA)
9:00-10:00 am Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! The Psychology of Detecting the Lie – Dyke Huish (Mission Viejo, CA)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for activities
4:00-6:00 pm Ethical Problems & Pitfalls for the Seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyer – Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX) and Hon. Audrey F. Moorehead, Dallas County Criminal Court (Dallas, TX)
6:00 pm Conference Adjourns



CLE Information

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, SC, TN and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


The majestic mountains of Aspen are home to some of the world’s finest skiing and teaching facilities. The St. Regis Aspen sits in the heart of the action. Ajax, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass Mountains, all just minutes away, offer a multitude of skiing delights. Whether you enjoy hitting the slopes or relaxing by the fire, Aspen will renew and invigorate your spirits. The St. Regis Aspen is the perfect setting to attend the educational session and still be on the slopes early in the day. And the mystical town of Aspen, with its exciting art galleries, intriguing crafts and shops, and world-class restaurants and cafes will have you dreaming of your next visit. Come enjoy this awe-inspiring “world’s best” winter resort town, and bring the family!

The St. Regis Aspen
315 E. Dean Street
Aspen, CO 81611

Online Reservations: Book your group rate for NACDL Law Seminar 2024
Phone Reservations: 970-429-9500 or 1-888-627-7198
Group discount rate: $604 - SOLD OUT (Expires December 29, 2023). Please mention NACDL Criminal Law Seminar, January 21-24, 2024, to receive applicable discount rate.
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a 100% prepayment of room and tax, or guaranteed with a major credit card that will be charged thirty (30) days prior to arrival. Such deposit shall serve to confirm the reservation for the dates indicated, and, upon check-in, shall be applied to the guest folio of the reserved stay. Cancellations may be made without penalty until thirty (30) days prior to their arrival date. Cancellation inside thirty (30) days will forfeit all deposits on record. Shortening of stay, including early departure and no-show, within thirty (30) days, is also considered cancellation and subject to forfeiture of deposit amounts related to those room nights unused. 



Mountain Chalet Aspen
333 East Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
Reservations: 1-888-925-7797

Hotel Jerome
330 East Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
Reservations: 1-855-331-7213

For discounted lift tickets, please contact Deanna Murphy at
Tickets must be pre-ordered & pre-paid by December 20, 2023. Tickets ordered after 12/20/2023 will be at a higher rate.
Online Reservations: NACDL Discounted Lift Tickets - 2024

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 $729. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $365. The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition and a free download of the seminar written 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 December 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 $729
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $919
CJA Panel Lawyers $609
Young Lawyers (under 40) $519
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $699
ALL State or Federal Defenders $479
Additional Guests - Events Only Packages
Guest Event Package $250
Children's Event Package $199

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $175 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, January 12, 2024, 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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