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2022 Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar

Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 12.0 Credits/1.0 Ethics Credit

Agenda Faculty CLE Hotel Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Materials

PRE-Registration for this event is now closed. You may register on-site at the Planet Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, September 28.

Modern drug cases are evolving as the "War on Drugs" expands.  The opioid epidemic has plagued the nation and the criminal landscape – leading to harsher punishments and other incentives to force pleas, even when they are unjust.  

As the impact of the pandemic lessens, criminal drug trials are picking up once again, and you must be prepared for the fight!

To help you get ready, join NACDL in Las Vegas from September 28 - October 1 for the 15th Annual Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar,  to learn novel techniques and practices from the nation's leading experts. You will become familiar with issues such as the elimination of the automobile exception in some states, and what that can mean for yours, as well as time-proven strategies to challenge an arrest, pick a jury post-covid, and cross-examine a cop/agent, and a snitch. We will also revisit the fundamentals of a federal criminal drug matter.  Familiarize yourself with the Dark Net and tumblers, chainalysis, unlicensed money exchangers, entrapment, spoliation of currency, and K-9 drug alerts.

You will undoubtedly enhance and improve your practice at this seminar, all while spending three days in Las Vegas with your peers in the fight for justice. This event is ideal for helping you creating a national referral network – all in all, a fantastic way to prepare for success in your next drug case. 

NOTE: This Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar is held jointly in conjunction with the "DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity" Seminar, on the same dates, at the same location. While the Drug Seminar is held in the afternoons only, the DWI seminar is held in the mornings only. If you are interested in attending both seminars, click to register for both seminars button below and receive up to a 20% discount on your total combined registration fees.

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 participants will need to self-certify they have received the full dosage of a vaccine for COVID-19 prior to attending.
  2. While no longer required, all attendees are encouraged 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). 
  3. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel property, including at the entrance to all meeting rooms. 
  4. The seminar room will be arranged with socially distanced tables/chairs to the best of our ability.


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
3:00-6:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, September 29, 2022
11:30 am

Registration & Exhibits & Exhibit Hall Open

1:30 pm Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL), Drug Program Co-Chairs Carmen Roe (Houston, TX) and Ian M. Wallach (Los Angeles, CA)
1:40 pm Voir Dire in a Drug Trial – Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
2:40 pm The Dark Net, BTC, and Money Laundering – Nina Marino (Los Angeles, CA) & Jennifer Lieser (Los Angeles, CA)
3:40 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:00 pm But I Was Entrapped! Issue Spotting and Building the Entrapment Defense – Shaffy Moeel (San Francisco, CA)
5:00 pm Destroying the Junk Science of Currency Contamination and Other Currency Seizure Issues – David Michael (San Francisco, CA)
6:00 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the day
6:30 pm

Opening Reception – Planet Hollywood Hotel

Sponsored by:

Friday, September 30, 2022
1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
1:45 pm Cross-Examination of the Snitch – Robert Fickman (Houston, TX)
2:45 pm Forfeiture Update – Steven L. Kessler (Harrison, NY)
3:45 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
4:05 pm Fundamentals of Defending Drug Cases – Prof. Akin Adepoju (Washington, DC)
5:05 pm How to Put on the Heat: Cross-Examination of the Agent/Officer  – Mary Stillinger (El Paso, TX)
6:05 pm Drug Seminar adjourns for the Day
Saturday, October 1, 2022
11:00 am Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 pm You Was Doing 55 in a 54!: Auto Stop Motions to Suppress – Justin Rosas (Medford, OR)
1:00 pm Setting and Collecting Fees in Drug Cases: Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility – Steven Ragland (San Francisco, CA)
2:00 pm Refreshment & Exhibitor Break
2:15 pm Oops I Did It Again! Navigating a Perfect RICO Storm: Drugs, GAngs, and Violence (Redux) – Kristen N. Richards (Calabasas, CA)
3:15 pm Incorporating Recent Criminal Justice Reforms at Sentencing: Cannabis, the Crack/Powder Disparity, and Opioids – Mark Sedlander (Los Angeles, CA)
4:15 pm Drug Seminar Adjourns until 2023



CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 12.00 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.


Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 
3667 Las Vegas Blvd South 
Las Vegas, NV 89109 

Phone Reservations: 1-866-317-1829
Online Reservations:
Group rate: $157 + $29 resort fee + tax  (Expires September 6, 2022). Please mention group code SMNAC2 to receive applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

Sponsorship and Exhibits

Disclaimer: NACDL does not necessarily endorse or guarantee the quality, applicability, or discounts of the products and/or services of its exhibitors. Users of these products and/or services do so at their sole discretion and NACDL assumes no responsibility for them.

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:


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British Custom Tailors
California Behavioral Health
Cambridge Innovation
Convert It Marketing
Cornerstone Discovery
Defense Forensic
Esquire Digital
Garrett Discovery
Legal Brand Marketing
Metadata Forensics, LLC
OIC Advance
RizeUp Media
SCRAM Systems
Smart Start, Inc.


NACDL offers a variety of scholarships for this event ranging from partially discounted to fully funded. Each type of scholarship has different application requirements. To apply for any of the following scholarships, please follow the instructions for that specific scholarship.

OPTION 1: Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $399. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $200 (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 to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at
All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by August 30, 2022.


OPTION 2: Public Defense Scholarships

As a result of generous grant funding, NACDL is able to offer scholarship assistance to public defense providers to attend this NACDL training program. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the program. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded to qualifying individuals to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.
Completed public defense scholarship applications should be emailed to: 

Apply for a Public Defense Scholarship  



PRE-Registration for this event is now closed. You may register on-site at the Planet Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, September 28.

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

Registration Fees Drug Only BOTH Drug/DUI
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $399 $799
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $575 $1099
ALL Public Defenders $289 $588
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $229 $709
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 $488
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

If you are interested in attending both DUI and Drug seminars, register for both seminars together and receive up to 20% discount on your total combined registration fee.

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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