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2020 Race Matters III

The Charleston Museum, Charleston, SC - CLE Credits: 14 General

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COVID-19 Update: The health and welfare of conference attendees and staff is a priority for NACDL. We are currently proceeding with this scheduled event as planned, however, NACDL will continue to closely monitor developments in connection with the status of the coronavirus. While we are trying hard to strike a balance between taking immediate measures to limit personal contacts, we will continue long-range planning in anticipation of a point when the risk of virus spread has diminished. Obviously, if safety considerations continue, NACDL will promptly notify you should there be any change of plans with respect to this event. For resources to educate you on safe travel tips and any relevant health alerts or travel advisories, we recommend you stay current on any information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at:

Program Summary:

Race Matters in our criminal justice system. It affects what happens from initial contact with police on the street to the end of the case and everything in between. As part of being effective advocates for our clients, criminal defense lawyers face the challenge of confronting the difficult issues presented by race in America. This 3rd Annual event is designed to help practitioners identify and confront issues of Racial Bias in our courts, the law enforcement community, by prosecutors, and yes, even the defense team. Attendees will hear from a variety of trial lawyers, academics, and experts who will offer their personal perspectives, strategies, and ideas on why Race Matters. Participants will leave with both a greater understanding of the issues and innovative tools to apply this knowledge. This program has been created to intentionally challenge you to push the envelope on your understanding of and willingness to attack racial bias in the criminal justice system.


The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:05 am Opening Remarks - NACDL President Christopher Adams (Charleston, SC)
8:15 am Welcoming Remarks – Program Co-Chairs Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL) and Nan Whitfield (Boston, MA)
8:25 am Does the Race of the Lawyer Matter?  – Drew Findling (Atlanta, GA) and Nan Whitfield (Boston, MA)
9:25 am Litigating the Racial Dimensions of the Federal Bail Crisis  – Alison Siegler (Chicago, IL)  
10:25 am Networking & Refreshment Break   
10:45 am Why Diverse Juries are Good: Social Science and Practical Skills Training – Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) and Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
11:45 am Race & Voir Dire – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
12:45 pm Lunch break on your own 
2:15 pm Fighting Racial Bias Through Suppression Litigation – Andre Vitale (Jersey City, NJ
3:15 pm The Role of Cultural Diversity in Building a Strong Law Office – Chantá Parker (Detroit, MI)
4:15 pm Networking & Refreshment Break
4:30 pm What Tools/Lessons Can a Plaintiff's Lawyer Teach the Criminal Bar About Race and Persuasion? – Benjamin Crump (Tallahassee, FL)  
5:30 pm Adjourn for the day 
Friday, November 6, 2020
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcements – CLE Program Chairs 
8:25 am When Race and #MeToo Collide – Kathy Stilling (Brookfield, WI)  
9:25 am Memory & Cross-Racial Identification – Iris Blandón Gitlin, Ph.D (Irvine, CA)  
10:25 am Networking & Refreshment Break   
10:45 am Breaking Down LatinX – Ramon De la Cabada (Miami, FL
11:45 am Challenging Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection: Batson V. Kentucky and Beyond – Stephen Bright (New Haven, CT) 
12:45 pm Lunch break on your own 
2:00 pm Unconstitutional Segregation of Prisoners Based on National Origin/Immigration Status  – Speaker TBA
3:00 pm Addressing the Impact of Muslim Bias – Omar A. R. Abukurah (Beverly Hills, CA)
4:00 pm Networking & Refreshment Break
4:15 pm Infusing Info on Cultural, Race, and Socioeconomic Backgrounds into Mitigation – Letitia Quinones (Houston, TX)
5:15 pm Seminar Adjourns


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14 general credit hours in every state requiring pre-approval. Approved hours for each state will be identified at the seminar. Some states, IL, GA, NC, NM, NV, PA and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


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 $399. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $200  (all other expenses are not included). The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and downloadable seminar materials. Hard copies are available at an additional cost. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.

To Apply: Prepare and e-mail or fax 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 or fax it to 202-872-8690. All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by October 10, 2020.


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.

Apply for a Public Defense Scholarship  


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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $399
Associate, Professor, and "New Lawyer" Members $299
Non-Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $279
ALL South Carolina Lawyers (Residents Only) $299
ALL Regional Affiliate Lawyers (AL, GA, NC, TN) $299
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $239
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Attendee Audio CD $125
Both Written and Audio Recording (Non-Attendee) $225
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

Code of Conduct

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