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2024 Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 12.0 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

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Program Details:

Modern drug cases are evolving as the "War on Drugs" expands.  The opioid epidemic and Fentanyl have plagued the nation and the criminal justice landscape – leading to harsher punishments and other incentives to force pleas, even when they are unjust.  

Criminal drug trials are picking up once again, and you must be prepared for the fight!

To help you get ready, join NACDL in Las Vegas from September 18-21 for the 17th Annual Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar,  to learn novel techniques and practices from the nation's leading experts. You will undoubtedly enhance and improve your practice at this seminar, all while spending three days in Las Vegas with your peers in the fight for justice. This event is ideal for helping you creating a national referral network – all in all, a fantastic way to prepare for success in your next drug case. 

NOTE: This Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar is held jointly in conjunction with the "DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity" Seminar, on the same dates, at the same location. While the Drug Seminar is held in the afternoons only, the DWI seminar is held in the mornings only. If you are interested in attending both seminars, click to register for both seminars button below and receive up to a 20% discount on your total combined registration fees.

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The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 18, 2024
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, September 19, 2024
11:30 am Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 pm Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Christopher A. Wellborn (Rock Hill, SC), Drug Program Co-Chairs John Arrascada (Reno, NV), Carmen Roe (Houston, TX), Ian M. Wallach (Los Angeles, CA), and Tim Zerillo (Portland, ME)
1:40 pm Anatomy of a Dismissal: Incorporating Strategic Planning in Pre-Trial Hearings & Motions – Kevin Sali (Portland, OR)
2:40 pm Drug Dogs: Myths, Realities, and How to Challenge Them – John C. Sagebiel (Reno, NV)
3:40 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:00 pm Voir Dire in Drug Cases – Michael P. Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
5:00 pm Opening Statements: Convincing the Jury to Walk Your Client from the Beginning – Lonnie M. Randolph, II (East Chicago, IN)
6:00 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the day
6:30 pm

Opening Reception – Planet Hollywood Hotel

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Friday, September 20, 2024
1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 pm Networking/Brainstorming Session
1:45 pm Addressing Error-Prone Field Drug Test Kits – Des Walsh, Roadside Drug Test Innocence Alliance (Los Angeles, CA)
2:45 pm Crossing the Police in Warrantless Searches – Colette Tvedt (Denver, CO)
3:45 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:05 pm Extracting Your Client from a RICO Drug Case – Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
5:05 pm 4th Amendment Drug Case Law Update – Gerald H. Goldstein (San Antonio, TX) 
6:05 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the Day
6:45 pm

Networking Meet-Up & Happy Hour: Join the speakers and your colleagues in this informal setting to discuss the day’s presentations.  


Saturday, September 21, 2024
10:00 am Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 am Networking/Brainstorming Session
12:00 pm Closing Arguments – Steven B. Epstein (Garden City, NY)
1:00 pm Unreasonable Advocacy: Ethical and Client-Focused Sentencing in Drug Cases – H. Eugene Oliver, III (Harrisonburg, VA)
2:00 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
2:15 pm U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and Federal Drug Defense Update – Molly Parmer (Atlanta, GA)
3:15 pm Stop the Steal! Fighting Civil, Criminal, and Fee Forfeitures in Drug Cases – Jeffrey Zimmerman (Alexandria, VA)
4:15 pm Drug Seminar Adjourns Until October 22-25, 2025, at our NEW LOCATION: Sahara Las Vegas!



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.


Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 
3667 Las Vegas Blvd South 
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone Reservations: 1-866-317-1829
Group rate: $151 + $29 resort fee + tax  (Expires August 26, 2024). Please mention group code SMNAD4 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

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


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California Behavioral Health
Consumer Attorneys
Convert It Marketing
Defense Forensic
FWCanada Inc.
Garrett Discovery
Intoxalock / Consumer Safety Technology / Breathe Easy Insurance
LawPay and MyCase
Metadata Forensics LLC
RizeUp Media
The Criminal Mastermind


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 $409. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $205 (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 to: NACDL Senior Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at
All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by August 19, 2024.


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: 

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Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.

Registration Fees Drug Only BOTH Drug/DUI
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining  $409 $809
NACDL Members: Public Defender, Associate, Investigator, Professor, "New Lawyer", International, and Military  $279 $544
Non-Members of NACDL: Public Defenders $299 $578
Non-Members on NACDL: Private Practice (Includes a 1-Year Membership)  $609 $1129
Regional Affiliate Lawyers: All Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and Utah Lawyers (Residents Only) $289 $729
Groups of 4 or more Public Defenders from the same office (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $259 $499
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Audio Recording (Pre-sale) $225
Video DVD Recording (Pre-sale) $299

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