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|Thursday, September 22, 2016
|Perfecting Your Cross to Get to Victory Lane: It Takes More Than Just a Bunch of Left Turns – NCDD Dean James Nesci
This session will focus on the theory and practice of cross-examination.
Attendees will learn to plan and execute the perfect cross-examination
of the arresting officer in a DUI case from stop to arrest — and a few
|Body Shop Secrets: Technological Advances in Collision Reconstruction – Steven M. Schorr
This session will address the fundamentals of collision reconstruction
in DUI Accidents with a 2016 technology update. Technology moves ahead
with or without our understanding or approval. The idea is not to be
intimidated by the new technology, but to embrace it and utilize it to
your benefit. This seminar will present the latest technology in data
collection and analysis, including, but not limited to, comprehensive
data bases of all types; CDR Systems; GPS: anti-theft devices; restraint
systems; high-definition survey (HOS) laser scanning equipment;
collision reconstruction programs; various types of photogrammetry; and
the ability to accurately depict real-world scenes in three-dimension,
all of which has elevated the depth and accuracy of the data collection
process as well as the collision reconstruction analysis process.
|Crossing the Finish Line Without a Pit Crew: Succeeding Without an Expert – John T. Kirk
Sometimes you can feel “stranded” without an expert. Opening statement
is the first opportunity and closing argument is the last chance in the
pursuit of “Not Guilty”. Participants will learn effective trial
techniques from start to finish – all without the expert.
| The Psychology of Winning – Dr. Allen Fox, Ph.D.
Legal battles are mentally similar to athletic contests. Like athletes,
lawyers succumb to antagonism, fears of failure, and lack of confidence.
These emotions can be counterproductive but, once recognized can be
controlled and turned into a positive. This session will focus on
recognizing and accomplishing these goals to win more cases.
|Friday, September 23, 2016
|Case Law Update –Donald J. Ramsell
Important cases and holdings from around the country will be highlighted
and discussed, including the legality of criminal implied consent
statutes, illegal stops, improper testing methods, and other sorts of
challenges to enhance your success rate.
|NHTSA’s Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement: Don’t Be Taken for ARIDE – Anthony Palacios
This session will provide an overview of what officers learn in ARIDE.
Learn what the officers learn and how to effectively impeach them.
| Preparing for Direct and Cross of Experts – Virginia Landry
Participants will learn simple yet effective ways to organize, prepare
for and win over your judge or jurors through framing the right issues
with your experts and exposing the weaknesses in the prosecution’s
| Hollywood Squares Ethics – NCDD Dean James Nesci
Attendees will be entertained during this panel discussion on common
ethical mistakes and ways to avoid them based on the popular game show.
| Gas Chromatography for Jurors – Suzanne C. Perry BSc, MSc
"Gas Chromatography for Jurors" will facilitate the understanding and
simplify the technology of single column GC, building to dual column GC
and finally Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry. Strengths and
weaknesses of the 3 related GC technologies, the definition of "Gold
Standard", qualitative versus quantitative results, screens verses
confirmatory tests and how to really de-convolute a GC chromatogram will
be covered. This talk includes recent peer reviewed scientific papers
to cite when tackling the various types of GC technologies and outcomes.
Easy to digest pictographs, demonstrative props and familiar analogies
coupled to clear wording with will arm the attorney with the language
and tools to engage and recruit jurors in the courtroom to the process
of informed, critical thinking.
| SEC vs. PAC 12 Summations: Compare & Contrast – William Kirk & John T. Kirk
Different styles of closing arguments will go head to head in live
demonstrations from these two successful attorneys from the southeast
and northwest United States.
| FSTs—Facts and Fallacies –Anthony Palacios
This session will provide an overview of the SFSTs and the important changes in the new NHTSA 2015 curriculum.
| Therapeutic or Impaired? Prescription Medication Issues – Fran M. Gengo, Pharm.D, Ph.D.
Attendees will learn how to determine if their client was actually impaired when taking prescribed medication.
|Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Workshops
| Summations: Establishing a Rapport with the Jury – John T. Kirk
A brief lecture on how to best communicate with and relate to a jury
will precede demonstrations by participants and critiques by one of the
best in the nation. Attendees will be asked to conduct a mock closing
argument based upon a fact scenario presented at the seminar.
| Crossing the BLAT Technician – Virginia Landry & Suzanne C. Perry BSc, MSc
This workshop will enable attorneys to feel confident in the difficult
process of cross examining the BLAT Tech. The process of ferreting out
the oversights, failure and misconceptions of the science and outcomes
of the toxicology data are tackled and explained. The method of building
towards a juror-engaged dialog of the issues is outlined for common
points of failure: blood draw and handling, contamination and
fermentation, single and dual column Gas Chromatography/ Mass
| FST Cross (1-5 years experience) – William Kirk
This workshop will demonstrate new styles of cross-examination and allow
the participants to practice in front of their peers. Attendees will
be critiqued on their presentation of a mock cross examination based
upon a fact scenario presented at the seminar.
| FST Cross (5+ years experience) – Donald Ramsell
Cross-examining a professionally trained police witness can be tough.
But with the right approach, even the toughest side of beef can be
fileted. Participants will learn tried and true techniques, tips, traps
and tactics from a 30-year defense veteran with well over 1,000 DUI
trials under his belt. Attendees will be critiqued on their
presentation of a mock cross examination based upon a fact scenario
presented at the seminar.
| DRE Workshop – Fran M. Gengo, Pharm.D, Ph.D., Steve Oberman & Anthony Palacios
This workshop will provide attendees with procedural and legal defenses
to the Drug Recognition Evaluation protocol. The scientific and
statistical basis and reliability of this increasingly popular tool for
law enforcement officers administered by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of
Chiefs of Police (IACP) will be closely evaluated. This workshop is
designed for those needing an introduction to the DRE protocol and those
needing to better understand the flaws in the DRE process.
| The Cure for Bad Breath 2.0: Lecture and DEMO – James Nesci
Participants will learn the scientific bases of breath testing and why
erroneous results are reported by the most popular breath testing
devices in use across the country. Sample cross examination questions
will be provided to those in attendance.
| Defending the Impaired by Marijuana Case – George Bianchi
This presentation will provide an overview of how best to prepare and
defend a "Baked, Blood and Tears" case. Participants will discuss some
of the issues and ideas that 'might' work, and how to be better prepared
for understanding the effects of marijuana on driving performance,
scientific studies on when, and at what level, marijuana impairs driving
capabilities, and how to better understand and defend against the magic
| How to Try Your First DUI Case (less than 5 years experience) – William Kirk
This workshop, led by one of the country’s finest, will provide
attendees with methods of preparation, structuring the defense,
preparing the examination of witnesses and a variety of theories for
their first DUI trial.