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2024 Fall Meeting & Seminar

Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Nashville, TN - 14.0 General Credits

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Program Summary: Experts estimate that between 55 and 75% of all incarcerated people suffer from mental health issues. Whether it is insanity, incompetence, or impairment; mental health issues affect bail decisions, sentencing, and the chance of winning at trial. Understanding the Science of the mind, how to decode potential defenses, untangle issues of competence, and being able to use all that information can be the key to successful representation of a client.

Experts in the sciences and the nation’s top litigators with extensive experience representing mentally disabled or affected clients are converging in Nashville, TN, to share their insights, knowledge, and understanding of mental health to assist you in helping your next client obtain a successful outcome.

This program will cover various aspects of mental health issues, ranging from competence to insanity defenses, jury selection and persuasion, and sentencing.  You will learn how to get a jury to care about your client, how to effectively cross-examine a variety of experts, and mitigation at sentencing.

Plan now to join your NACDL colleagues in Nashville for this unique and exceptional training seminar.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 30, 2024
3:30-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, October 31, 2024
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks & Introductions – NACDL President Christopher A. Wellborn (Rocky Hill, SC) & CLE Program Co-Chairs Eric Davis (Houston, TX), Molly Parmer (Atlanta, GA), Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC), and Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
8:15 am The Psychological Landscape of Parricide: Research and a Case Study   Dr. Nicole M. Vienna (San Dimas, CA)
9:15 am Cross of Mental Health Experts on Competency – Jason Downs (Washington, DC)
10:15 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:35 am Understanding the Development of Sexual Behavior: Normative Versus Pathological Dr. Gimel Rogers, Psy.D., ABPP (Escondido, CA)
11:35 am Voir Dire in Mental Health Cases – Andrea Lyon (Chicago, IL)
12:35 pm Lunch break on your own
2:05 pm Getting Help in Competence Litigation: Using the Lawyer Expert – John T. Philipsborn (San Francisco, CA)
3:05 pm Rehabilitation: Second Chances When Jailed as a Juvenile Halim Flowers (Washington, DC) and Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC)
4:05 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:25 pm The Lawyer’s Mental Health Journey – Angelica Cogliano (Austin, TX)
5:25 pm Adjourn for the day
7:00 pm Welcome to Nashville Reception – Location: TBA
Friday, November 1, 2024
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs Eric Davis (Houston, TX), Molly Parmer (Atlanta, GA), Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC), and Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
8:10 am A Paradigm Shift for Representing the Convicted, Committed, the Condemned: Defending Sexually Violent Persons (SVP) – Richard L. Jones (Madison, WI)
9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (please pick up a detailed schedule at the NACDL registration desk)
9:10 am Malingering in Forensic Evaluations Dr. Allison Paganelli, Psy.D., ABPP (Atlanta, GA)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am Defending Veterans in Criminal Cases: Mitigation on PTSD – Captain Art Cody, USN (Ret.), Esq. (Ridgewood, NJ)
11:30 am Autism Spectrum Disorder – Dr. Jill Fodstad, PhD HSPP BCBA-D (Indianapolis, IN) 
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Capacity & Cognitive Factors That May Play a Role in the Interrogation Room – Steven Drizin (Chicago, IL) and Laura Nirider (Chicago, IL)
4:00 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm The Law of Storytelling: A Conversation about Schizophrenia and Drug Addition – Reggie Burch (Newark, NJ) and Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
5:20 pm Seminar Adjourns
6:30 pm NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice Gala Fundraiser – (Ticketed Event) Location: TBA
Saturday, November 2, 2024
7:30 am Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings (pick up detailed schedule at NACDL registration desk)
9:00 am NACDL Fall Membership and Board of Directors Meeting (All are encouraged to attend)
1:00 pm Enjoy Nashville!


Reginald Burch (Newark, NJ)
Captain Art Cody USN (Ret.), Esq. (Ridgewood, NJ) *NACDL MEMBER
Angelica Cogliano (Austin, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Jason Downs (Washington, DC) *NACDL MEMBER
Steven Drizin (Chicago, IL) *NACDL MEMBER
Halim Flowers (Washington, DC) 
Dr. Jill Fodstad, PhD HSPP BCBA-D (Indianapolis, IN)
Richard L. Jones (Madison, WI) *NACDL MEMBER
Andrea Lyon (Chicago, IL) *NACDL MEMBER
Laura Nirider (Chicago, IL) 
Allison Paganelli, Psy.D., ABPP (Atlanta, GA) 
Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC) *NACDL MEMBER
John T. Philipsborn (San Francisco, CA) *NACDL MEMBER
Gimel Rogers, Psy.D., ABPP (Escondido, CA)
Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ) *NACDL MEMBER
Dr. Nicole M. Vienna (San Dimas, CA)

CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14.00 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.


Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel
121 Fourth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201

Phone Reservations: 1-833-729-1368
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Group rate: $309 + tax  (expires October 7, 2024). Please mention NACDL to receive applicable disount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed once the block has been filled.  

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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Registration Fees
NACDL MEMBERS: Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $409
NACDL MEMBERS: Public Defender, Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $279
Non-Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Non-Members Public Defenders $299
ALL GA, AL, FL, SC, and TN Lawyers (Residents Only) $289
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: $269
Audio Recording of Seminar (pre-sale) $225
Video Recording of Seminar (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, October 25, 2024, to receive a refund, less the cancellation fee. No refunds can be issued after the cancellation deadline.

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