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2021 Making the Case for Life Seminar

Harrah's Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 12.5 General Credits

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Program Summary:

Make the case...for your client's life at NACDL's 23rd Annual Making the Case for Life Seminar.  This seminar is designed to help capital defenders, investigators, and mitigation specialists. Participants will hear cutting-edge presentations regarding pretrial investigations, capital jury selection, new perspectives on discovering the story of the client and mitigation evidence.  Attendees will learn from seasoned capital trial lawyers, nationally-known law professors, and jury consultants, who will offer their personal perspectives, advice, and proven strategies for making the best case for life. If you are handling or may handle a case in which your client is facing the death penalty, then this is a must-attend seminar for you.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Thursday, August 26, 2021
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits, and Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Martin Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) and Program Co-Chairs
8:25 am Pretrial Litigation – Marc Bookman (Philadelphia, PA)
9:25 am The Colorado Method: Capital Voir Dire – Tamara Brady (Greeley, CO) & David Wymore (Boulder, CO)
11:25 am LIVE DEMO: The Colorado Method: Capital Voir Dire – Tamara Brady (Greeley, CO) & David Wymore (Boulder, CO)
12:25 pm Lunch break on your own
1:55 pm Caveats of Psychological Testing in Capital Cases – Dr. Adriana L. Flores (Milton, GA)
2:55 pm Persuasive Writing & Speaking – Marc Bookman (Philadelphia, PA)
3:55 pm Refreshment Break
4:15 pm Building a Relationship with Your Client to Save Your Client's Life – Richard Jaffe (Birmingham, AL)
5:15 pm

Adjourn for the day

Friday, August 27, 2021
7:00 am Exhibits and Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcements - Program Co-Chairs
8:30 am Mitigation in Capital Cases: Revealing the Rest of the Story – Prof. Emily Hughes (Iowa City, IA)
9:30 am Intellectual Disability: Ongoing Issues & New Developments – James R. Patton (Austin, TX)
10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:50 am Using Atkins Updates in Litigation – Emily Paavola (Columbia, SC)
11:50 am Lunch break on your own
1:15 pm Diversity in Client Care and Developing your Mental Health Defenses – Danalynn Recer (Houston, TX) & Dr. Jacqueline Valdes (Hollywood, FL)
2:35 pm Gathering Race Data: When and How to Challenge the Jury Pool and Preserve the Issue – Jeffrey O. Martin (Atlanta, GA)
3:35 pm Refreshment Break
3:50 pm How to Use the Past in Telling the African-American Story Today – Lori James Townes, MSW, LCSW-C (Rosedale, MD)
5:10 pm Seminar Adjourns until 2022 in New Orleans!


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12.5 credit hours in every state requiring pre-approval. Approved hours for each state will be identified at the seminar. Some states, IL, GA, NC, NE, NM, PA, and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


Harrah's Hotel & Casino
3475 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone Reservations: 1-888-458-8471
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Group Discount Rate: $61 + $35 resort fee + tax (Expires July 26, 2021). Please mention group code SHNMK1 or "NACDL Making the Case For Life" to receive applicable discount rate.
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been sold-out prior to the cut-off date.

Questions? Contact Director of Events Akvile Athanason at or call (202) 872-8600 x630.

Sponsorship and Exhibits

For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at or call (202) 465-7637.

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NACDL would like to thank the following sponsors, exhibitors, and affinity partners for their support and contributions:


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Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $299. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $150  (all other expenses are not included). The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and downloadable seminar materials. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.

To Apply: Prepare and e-mail a letter of no more than two pages explaining the reason why you believe you should receive the grant grant to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by July 20, 2021.



Register Online Register by PDF Materials

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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $299
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $449
ALL Public Defenders $269
ALL Mitigation Specialists $269
ALL Investigators $269
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $239
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Course Materials on CD-Rom $150
Audio Recordings of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

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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