Vanessa Antoun is NACDL’s Senior Resource Counsel. She provides resource materials, support and training for criminal defense lawyers across the country, with a particular focus on small and solo practices, indigent defense counsel, and post-conviction lawyers. Ms. Antoun coordinates NACDL’s efforts on the Microscopic Hair Comparison Analysis Review, a collaboration with the FBI, Department of Justice, and Innocence Project to identify and review cases where scientifically invalid microscopic hair comparison evidence may have been presented. She organizes nationwide trainings for defense lawyers on the latest techniques for investigating and litigating cases involving forensic evidence, post-conviction innocence claims, immigration issues, representing juveniles in adult court, and a variety of other topics. She developed and maintains an online resource center for defense counsel, including developing research and training materials. She has represented NACDL on several advisory boards, working with other organizations to implement national criminal justice projects and trainings.
Prior to joining NACDL, Ms. Antoun was a criminal defense lawyer for over ten years, representing clients charged with offenses ranging from reckless driving to capital murder. Following an internship with the City of Alexandria Public Defender, she joined the Fairfax County Office of the Public Defender in northern Virginia. She served as an Assistant Public Defender, Senior Assistant, Deputy Public Defender and finally as the chief Public Defender for the City and County of Fairfax. She then went into private practice with Devine & Connell, P.L.C., and most recently had been a solo practitioner. Ms. Antoun is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and George Mason University School of Law.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!