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Strengthening the Sixth in North Dakota

Building Cases, Building Skills and Building Community

September 22 and 23, 2022 | University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202


Hotel Accomodations can be arranged at:

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Grand Forks

4051 Garden View Drive, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201

The group rate is $96.00 per night and will be automatically applied if you click the above link to book.

If you call, 701-314-1106, reference CGNA22 to attain the group rate.

Reservations must be made by August 31, 2022, 11:59 PM.


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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Location: Memorial Union

8:45 – 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks: Building a Defender Community

(Dean Bradley Parrish, Bonnie Hoffman, Travis Finck)

9:00 – 10:00 am


(Keith Belzer)

10:00 -10:15 am

BREAK (on your own)

10:15 – 11:00 am

Client Relations: Working with Clients with Behavioral Health Needs

(Kara Rolf)

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Small Group Breakout - Advocacy in Action: Bail, Motions, and Building Client Relationships

(Keith Belzer, John Ellis, Andres Guevara, Bonnie Hoffman, Monica Milton, Amanda Parent, Kara Rolf, Danielle Touart)

Voir Dire in Drug Cases

(Dinah Manning, Deja Vishny)


Winning Strategies in DUI Trials

(Adam Nero)

12:30 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

1:30 – 2:15 pm

Fourth Amendment Issues and Arguments

(Deja Vishny)

2:15 – 3:30 pm

Small Group Breakouts- Advocacy in Action: Evidentiary Foundations

(Keith Belzer, John Ellis, Bonnie Hoffman, Monica Milton, Adam Nero, Amanda Parent, Kara Rolf, Danielle Touart)

Cross & Direct of Experts

(Dinah Manning, Deja Vishny)

Building Your Case: Discovery, Investigation & Motions Practice

(Andres Guevara)

3:30 – 3:45 pm

BREAK (on your own)

3:45 – 4:45 pm

Challenging Misconduct & Maintaining Relationships: Raising Prosecutor & Judicial Misconduct (Ethics) (Jeff Nehring)


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Friday, September 23, 2022

Location: Memorial Union (Room 214 AB)

9:00 – 10:00 am

Uncovering and Challenging Police Misconduct

(Debbie Levi)

10:00 – 11:00 am

Cross Examination of Law Enforcement Officers

(Andres Guevara)

11:00 -11:15 am

BREAK (on your own)

11:15 – 12:15 pm

Small Group Breakouts - Theme and Theory: The Chapter Method of Cross-Examination

(Keith Belzer, Andres Guevara, Bonnie Hoffman, Dinah Manning, Monica Milton, Adam Nero, Kara Rolf, Danielle Touart, Deja Vishny)

Social Media Evidence: Getting it In & Keeping it Out

(John Ellis)

Defending Domestic Violence Cases

(Amanda Parent)

12:15 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Small Group Breakouts - Cross Examination

(Keith Belzer, John Ellis, Andres Guevara, Bonnie Hoffman, Monica Milton, Adam Nero, Amanda Parent, Kara Rolf, Deja Vishny)

Confidential Informants & Cooperating Witnesses: Building cases in & out of court

(Dinah Manning)

Dealing with 404(b) Evidence

(Danielle Touart)

3:00 – 3:15 pm

BREAK (on your own)

3:15 – 4:30pm

Cell Phones and Other Digital Data

(John Ellis)


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