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2022 Race Matters Seminar

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel, Montgomery, AL - 12.5 General Credits

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Race Matters in our criminal legal system. It affects what happens from initial contact with police on the street to the end of the case and everything in between. As part of being effective advocates for our clients, criminal defense lawyers face the challenge of confronting the difficult issues presented by race in America.

NACDL invites you to its 5th Annual event in historic Montgomery, AL, for this powerful program designed to help practitioners identify and confront issues of Racial Bias in our courts, the law enforcement community, by prosecutors, and yes, even the defense team. Attendees will hear from a variety of trial lawyers, academics, and experts who will offer their personal perspectives, strategies, and ideas on why Race Matters. Participants will leave with both a greater understanding of the issues and innovative tools to apply this knowledge. This seminar has been created to intentionally challenge you to push the envelope on your understanding of and willingness to attack racial bias in the criminal legal system.

We hope you will join us!

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 7, 2022
2:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
3:00 pm

Attendee Group Excursion - Last entry to the Museum at 4:00pm

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Encarceration
Join your NACDL colleagues as we visit the nearby Legacy Museum, which provides a comprehensive history of the United States with a focus on the legacy of slavery. From the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on the North and coastal communities across America through the Domestic Slave Trade and Reconstruction, the museum provides detailed interactive content and compelling narratives. Lynching, codified racial segregation, and the emergence of over-incarceration in the 20th century are examined in depth and brought to life through film, images, and first-person narratives. 
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Thursday, September 8, 2022
7:15 am

Registration & Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by:

8:00 am Opening Remarks – NACDL President Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL)  
8:10 am Welcoming Remarks – Program Co-Chairs, Ana Paula Funes-Baker (Houston, TX), Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), and Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
8:15 am

Where We’re At: A Discussion on the Current State of Race in the Criminal Legal System

Moderated by: Robert H. Patillo (Atlanta, GA)
Panelists: TBA
9:05 am Racial Realities in the Criminal Legal System: The Profound Impact of Race in Criminal Trials – Richard Jaffe (Birmingham, AL)
9:55 am

Networking & Refreshment Break

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10:05 am Othering and Complicit Counsel – Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
10:55 am Changing the Narrative: Ensuring Your Client is Judged on the Merits of Their Case and Not the Color of Their Skin – Takenya Nixon (Chicago, IL)
11:45 am Lunch break on your own
12:45 pm Race and Voir Dire – Michael P. Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
1:35 pm Who's Justice: A Critique of Criminal Justice Reform from a Defense Lawyer's Perspective – MiAngel Cody (Chicago, IL)
2:25 pm

Networking & Refreshment Break

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2:35 pm Invisible Injustice: Native Americans in the Criminal Legal System Post-McGirt – Jami Johnson (Phoenix, AZ)
3:25 pm Adjourn for the day
3:30 pm

Attendee Group Excursion - Last entry to the Memorial at 4:30pm

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Join your NACDL colleagues as we visit the nearby National Memorial for Justice and Peace.  
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Friday, September 9, 2022
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs, Ana Paula Funes-Baker (Houston, TX), Todd Pugh (Chicago, IL), and Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
8:25 am Fair Cross-Section Challenges – Nina Chernoff (New York, NY)
9:55 am Unpacking Racism & Power from Strickland – Prof. Alexis Hoag (Brooklyn, NY)
10:55 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:15 am Muslim Bias in Material Support and Terrorism Cases – Joshua Herman (Chicago, IL)
12:15 pm The Power of Storytelling  – James Smith (Orlando, FL)
1:15 pm Lunch break on your own
2:45 pm Black Artists on Trial: Fighting Racist Use of Rap Lyrics in the Courtroom  – Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
3:45 pm Defending Claims of Sexual Assault When Race is an Issue – Joshua Hargrove (Madison, WI) and Kathleen Stilling (Brookfield, WI)
4:45 pm Seminar Adjourns


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.


Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
201 Tallapoosa Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

Phone Reservations: 1-800-468-3571 or 334-481-5000
Online Reservations: Book Your Group Rate for NACDL Race Matters Event
Group Rate: $159 + tax (Expires August 17, 2022). 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date. 

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

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.

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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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National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)


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 $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 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 10, 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: 

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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
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $279
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $628
ALL Public Defenders $199
ALL Alabama Lawyers (Residents Only) $199
ALL Regional Lawyers (FL, GA, MS, TN) $249
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: $169
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording 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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