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2025 Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, CO

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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, February 2, 2025
7:00 pm Opening Reception 
8:00 pm Opening Dinner – Featuring Remarks by NACDL President Christopher A. Wellborn (Rock Hill, SC)
Monday, February 3, 2025
7:00 am Early Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits
8:00-9:00 am Res Ipsa Loquitor: Letting the Evidence Speak Directly to the Jury – Carmen Roe (Houston, TX)
9:00-10:00 am Playing the Long Game: Preparing a Zealous Trial Defense While Planning a Winning Appeal Devin Burstein (San Diego, CA)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for skiing and other activities in Aspen
4:00-5:00 pm Defending Cases that Rest on Officer Credibility Ian Wallach (Los Angeles, CA)
5:00-6:00 pm Myth Busting:  Avoiding Government Traps in White Collar and Public Corruption Cases Jonathan Brayman (Chicago, IL) and Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL)
6:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
7:00 pm Welcome to Aspen Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, February 4, 2025
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 Forensic Science: Building a Bridge from Jury Selection to Summations Steven Epstein (Garden City, NY)
5:00-6:00 pm Litigating False Confession Cases: From the Science to the Trial Alice Fontier (New York, NY) 
6:00 pm Adjourn for the Day
7:00 pm Stephen Komie and Bruce Udolf Birthday Party
Wednesday, February 5, 2025
7:00 am Breakfast and Exhibits
8:00-9:00 am Captivating and Concise Closings:  Win Your Case in 19 Minutes John Berry (Lincoln, NE) and Mallory Hughes (Omaha, NE)
9:00-10:00 am Challenging Evidence of Consciousness of Guilt:  Strategies for Undermining the Impact of Supposed Confession (and Related Evidence) Randall W. Jackson (New York, NY)
10:00am-3:45pm Free time for activities
4:00-5:00 pm Topic TBA Speaker TBA
5:00-6:00 pm The Ethics of Social Media:  How, When, and Where This Can Bite You in the “Keister” – Dyke Huish (Mission Viejo, CA)
6:00 pm Conference Adjourns – SAVE THE DATE: January 25-28, 2026



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: NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar 2025
Phone Reservations: 888-627-7198
Group discount rate: $634 + tax (Expires January 10, 2025). Please mention  NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar to receive applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.
NACDL ROOM BLOCK - SOLD OUT (see below for alternative nearby accommodations) or try Airbnb or



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

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. 

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

Online Reservations: NACDL Discounted Lift Tickets - 2025

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


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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 $769. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $385. 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 Senior Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by January 5, 2025.



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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 $769
ALL Public Defenders $509
Non-Members (includes 1 year membership)  $1109
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $729
Guest Events Only Packages (can only be purchased as an add-on with a fully paid seminar registration)
Guest/Spouse Social Events Package (with Paid registrant) $275

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail to by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, January 24, 2025, 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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