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2021 White Collar Seminar & Fall Board Meeting

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC - 12.5 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

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NACDL's 16th White Collar Seminar and Fall Board Meeting will be held on October 6-9, 2021 at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Program Summary:

With nearly 5,000 federal criminal offenses, and hundreds of thousands of regulations that can be punished criminally, the power of the federal prosecutor has never been stronger. Many of these offenses are vague on their face, others can be stretched beyond recognition, and nearly all are connected to the ever-increasing Sentencing Guidelines. Prosecutors are armed with broad charging discretion, and discovery rules that consistently favor the government. For those accused of white collar crime, this is their reality.

It is for all these reasons that, sixteen years ago, NACDL’s Defending the White Collar Case: In And Out of Court Seminar was created. Each year the white collar defense bar gathers to learn from each other, to improve their skills, and to ensure they are well-positioned to provide their clients the best defense possible. The power of prosecutors is great, but this defense revival meeting is even greater.

In order to ensure the highest level of safety for our attendees, NACDL will be implementing the following safety measures at the conference:

  1. All attendees will be required to wear a mask in public indoor settings. NACDL will have masks available for all participants at the registration desk, and signs will be displayed as a reminder to keep masks on at all times (except when eating or drinking). 
  2. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel property, including at the entrance to all meeting rooms. 
  3. The seminar room will be arranged with socially distanced tables/chairs to the best of our ability.
  4. Daily health check measures will be instituted before gaining access to the seminar, including a 3-point questionnaire, and a temperature check.
  5. All participants will need to self-certify they have received the full dosage of a vaccine for COVID-19 prior to attending.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
6:30 pm

Networking Reception
Location: Blue Terrace, Omni Shoreham Hotel

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
7:45 am

Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

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8:30 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Martín Sabelli & Program Chairs
8:45 am

COVID. What Changed? What Will Go "Back to Normal"? What Would We Like to Keep?

MODERATORKristin Tahler, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

PANELISTS: Deirdre Von Dornum, Federal Defenders of New York Eastern District (New York, NY); Hon. Amit Mehta, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington, DC); Zachary Terwilliger, Vinson & Elkins (Washington, DC)

10:05 am

New Sheriff in Town: Enforcement Priorities for the Biden Administration

MODERATOR: Addy Schmitt, Miller & Chevalier, Chtd. (Washington, DC)

PANELISTS: Katie Benner, New York Times (Washington, DC); Brian Benczkowski, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Washington, DC); Jessie Liu, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Washington, DC); Andrew Weissmann, Jenner & Block LLP (New York, NY)

11:15 am

Refreshment & Exhibitor Break

11:30 am

Search & Siri: Challenging Decryption Orders and Warrants for Digital Devices

MODERATOR: Mike Price, NACDL 4th Amendment Center (New York, NY)

PANELISTS: Kobie Flowers, Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP (Washington, DC); Logan Koepke, Upturn (Washington, DC); Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation (San Francisco, CA)

12:40 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm

The Judges Speak: Thoughts on Sentencing

MODERATOR: Hon. Nancy Gertner (ret.), Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA)

PANELISTS: Hon. Robert Pitman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (Austin, TX), Hon. Paula Xinis, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Greenbelt, MD)

3:15 pm

A Hard Plea Bargain: Pleas, Bail, and Forfeiture

MODERATOR: Mag. Judge Henry Bemporad, U.S. District Court Western District of Texas (San Antonio, TX)

PANELISTS: Michele Hirshman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (New York, NY); Sharon Levin, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP (New York, NY); David Oscar Markus, Markus/Moss PLLC (Miami, FL); Martín Sabelli, Law Offices of Martín A. Sabelli (San Francisco, CA)

4:25 pm

Ethical Issues in Discovery from Brady to Taint Teams

MODERATOR: Susan Necheles, NechelesLaw LLP (New York, NY)

PANELISTS: Dani James, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP (New York, NY); Brian Heberlig, Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Washington, DC); Ann Roan, The Law Offices of Ann M. Roan (Boulder, CO); Bob Trout, Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears (Washington, DC)

5:35 pm Adjourn for the day
7:00 pm NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice Annual Gala - Ticketed event

Friday, October 8, 2021
7:30 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:20 am Morning Announcements – Program Chairs
8:30 am

Around the World: FCPA, Extradition, Trade and Sanctions

MODERATOR: Lilly Ann Sanchez, The L-S Law Firm (Miami, FL)

PANELISTS: Samidh Guha, Perry Guha LLP (New York, NY); Bob Luskin, Paul Hastings, LLP (Washington, DC); David Schertler, Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears (Washington, DC); Cari Stinebower, Winston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC)

9:00 am NACDL Committee Meetings Throughout the Day (please pick up a detailed schedule at the NACDL registration desk) or visit: 
9:50 am

Supreme Court Update: Review of this Term's Criminal Docket

Kannon Shanmugam, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Washington, DC)

11:00 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:20 am

12 People with Varying Emotions: Practical Skills for Jury Trials

MODERATOR: Gerald H. 'Gerry' Goldstein, Goldstein & Orr (San Antonio, TX)

PANELISTS: Josh Dubin, Dubin Research and Consulting, Inc. (New York, NY); Jeff Tillotson, Tillotson Law Firm (Dallas, TX); Lisa Wayne, Law Offices of Lisa Wayne (Denver, CO)

12:30 pm

Luncheon Presentation - Norman Reimer Reflects on 15 years as NACDL’s Executive Director, in a conversation with Abbe David Lowell

Sponsored by:

2:00 pm

The Impact of Supreme Court Decisions and their Progeny on White Collar Prosecutions

MODERATOR: Abbe David Lowell, Winston & Strawn LLP (Washington, DC)

PANELISTS: Antonia Apps, Milbank LLP (New York, NY); Noel Francisco, Jones Day (Washington, DC); Alexandra Shapiro, Shapiro Arato Bach LLP (New York, NY); Seth Waxman, WilmerHale (Washington, DC)

3:30 pm

Keynote Address -

Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

5:00 pm Seminar Adjourns
Saturday, October 9, 2021
7:30 am Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 am NACDL Fall Board of Director's Meeting (All are welcome to attend)
1:00 pm Enjoy DC!


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12.5 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, NE, NM, PA, and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008

Phone Reservations: 1-800-843-6664
Online Reservations: NACDL 2021 White Collar Seminar
Group rate: $240 + tax  (Expires Wednesday, September 15, 2021)
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date. Please mention "NACDL 2021 White Collar Fall Seminar" to receive applicable discount rate. 

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.

Sponsor/Exhibit Prospectus

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

Exclusive PLATINUM, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors:

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Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP
CaseFile Connect
MDD Forensic Accountants


Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $709. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $355  (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 or fax 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 September 13, 2021. NACDL MEMBERSHIP AND RESERVATION AT THE HOST HOTEL ARE REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS. 


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

Registration Fees
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $709
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $1,028
Law Firm Groups of 4 (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $609
ALL State & Federal Public Defenders $459
ALL DC, MD, VA Lawyers (Residents Only) $659
Paralegals / Legal Assistants $449
1-Day Rate (Thursday or Friday) $549
Non-Attendee Materials / Audio Recordings
Course Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar & Course Materials $350

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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