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2024 Race Matters Seminar

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, MD - 12 General Credits

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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 will be hosted in Baltimore, MD, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. 

We hope you will join us to learn and enhance your ability to achieve new successes for your clients.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
3:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, May 23, 2024
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX) 
8:15 am Remarks and Announcements – Program Co-Chairs: Alice Fontier (New York, NY), Deborah Levi (Baltimore, MD), Katherine Tang Newberger (Baltimore, MD), Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), and Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
8:25 am The History of Civil Rights and Race in Baltimore – William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. (Baltimore, MD)
9:25 am Advancing Cultural Competency in Criminal Defense Spaces – Juval O. Scott (Charlottesville, VA)
10:25 am Networking & Refreshment Break
10:45 am Race and Prosecutorial Accountability – Michael P. Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
11:45 am Crimmigration: The Cross-Section of Immigration Law & Policies, the Criminal Legal System, and the Role of Race – Maggie Arias (Coral Gables, FL)
12:45 pm Lunch break on your own
2:15 pm Defending is Not Enough: Race and the Law – Professor Michael Pinard (Baltimore, MD)
3:15 pm Race and Pretextual Traffic Stops: Strategies for Challenging Whren and its Vestiges – Tia Holmes (Baltimore, MD)
4:15 pm Adjourn for the day
6:00 pm Group Networking Event – Location TBA
Friday, May 24, 2024
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs: Alice Fontier (New York, NY), Deborah Levi (Baltimore, MD), Katherine Tang Newberger (Baltimore, MD), Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), and Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
8:10 am Litigating Police Misconduct in Civil and Criminal Cases – Deborah Levi (Baltimore, MD) and Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
9:10 am Race, Bias, and Technology – NACDL 4th Amendment Center (Washington, DC)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am Addressing LatinX Issues When Confronting Race in the Criminal Legal System  – Ramon “Ray” de la Cabada (Miami, FL)
11:30 am Navigating Criminal Cases With an Eye Towards Potential Immigration Consequences – Himedes V. Chicas (Wheaton, MD)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Presentation of NACDL’s Judicial Recognition Award to Hon. Geraldine Hines 
- NACDL President Michael Heiskell 
- NACDL Immediate Past President Nellie King
2:15 pm Sounding Gideon's Trumpet: How Public Defense is Leading Reform – Natasha M. Dartigue (Baltimore, MD)
3:15 pm Using Legal Data to Confront Structural Racism – Colin Starger (Baltimore, MD)
4:15 pm Seminar Adjourns until 2025


Maggie Arias (Coral Gables, FL)
Himedes V. Chicas (Wheaton, MD)
Natasha M. Dartigue (Baltimore, MD) *NACDL MEMBER
Ramon de la Cabada (Miami, FL) *NACDL MEMBER
Michael P. Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX) *NACDL MEMBER
Tia Holmes (Baltimore, MD)
Deborah Levi (Baltimore, MD) *NACDL MEMBER
William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. (Baltimore, MD) *NACDL MEMBER
NACDL 4th Amendment Center (Washington, DC) 
Michael Pinard (Baltimore, MD) 
Juval O. Scott (Charlottesville, VA) *NACDL MEMBER
Colin Starger (Baltimore, MD)
Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL) *NACDL MEMBER

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.


Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone Reservations: 1-800-446-6677
Online Reservations
Group Rate: $179 + tax (Expires May 1, 2024). 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. 

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

Registration Fees
NACDL MEMBERS: Regular, Life, President's Club and Sustaining  $299
NACDL MEMBERS: Public Defender, Associate, Investigator, Professor, New Lawyer, International and Military $219
Non Members: Public Defenders  $239
Non Members: Private Practitioners (includes 1-year membership) $638
Regional Affiliate Lawyer Discount: All Maryland and DC Lawyers (Residents Only) $229
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: $209

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, May 17, 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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