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2020 Race Matters III - A 13-Hour Web Series

Online - CLE Credits: 13 General Credits

Agenda Faculty CLE Pricing

Program Summary:

Race Matters in our criminal legal 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 web series 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.

WATCH a 2-minute promo video here:

FORMAT: Online Web Training
DATE: Access any time
DURATION: Approx. 12 hours
CLE: This training is currently eligible for credit in the following states: Arizona (11.8), Arkansas (11.8), California (11.75), Colorado (14), Florida (14), Idaho (11.75), Illinois (11.75), Minnesota (11.75), Nebraska (11.75), Nevada (11.75), New Mexico (4), New York (14), North Carolina (pending), Ohio (11.75), Oregon (11.75), South Carolina (11.75), Texas (11.75), Washington (11.75)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The link will be sent to you in a confirmation email. REGISTRANTS WILL HAVE 21 days to complete the entire program.


Speakers & Topics:

  1. Opening Remarks - NACDL President Christopher Adams (Charleston, SC)
  2. Welcoming Remarks – Program Co-Chairs Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL) and Nan Whitfield (Boston, MA)
  3. What Tools/Lessons Can a Plaintiff's Lawyer Teach the Criminal Bar About Race and Persuasion? – Benjamin Crump (Tallahassee, FL) 
  4. Does the Race of the Lawyer Matter?  – Drew Findling (Atlanta, GA) and Rick Jones (New York, NY)
  5. Litigating the Racial Dimensions of the Federal Bail Crisis  – Alison Siegler (Chicago, IL) 
  6. Social Science and Racial Justice – Why and How We Work Hard for Diversity in Our Juries – Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) and Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)
  7. Race & Voir Dire – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
  8. Fighting Racial Bias Through Suppression Litigation – Andre Vitale (Jersey City, NJ) 
  9. The Role of Cultural Diversity in Building a Strong Law Office – Chantá Parker (Detroit, MI)
  10. Breaking Down LatinX – Ramon de la Cabada (Miami, FL)
  11. Challenging Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection: Batson v. Kentucky and Beyond – Stephen Bright (New Haven, CT) 
  12. Infusing Info on Cultural, Race, and Socioeconomic Backgrounds into Mitigation – Letitia Quinones (Houston, TX)
  13. PART 1: Enduring Injustice: Race and the Death Penalty – Ngozi Ndulue (Washington, DC)
  14. PART 2: Enduring Injustice: Race and the Death Penalty – Robert Dunham (Washington, DC)


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 13 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.


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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $89
Associate, Professor, and "New Lawyer" Members $79
Student Member $39
Non-Members   $99
ALL Public Defenders $79
Groups of 10 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $59

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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