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2023 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar

Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, LA - 13 General Credits

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Program Summary:

Claim your seat now for When the Defense Comes Marching In!” at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, March 1-4, 2023!

As you prepare for your next winning case, you have to start with the innovative pre-trial strategies you will learn from this incredible, nationally-renowned faculty, in lively and historic New Orleans.

When the drum begins to bang, you’ll learn new and valuable skills to help you win over and over again. From investigations to motions to trial preparation strategies and more, this impressive faculty will share all their best tips for success leaving you refreshed and ready to take on the prosecution every step of the way.

When that moon is red with blood, come alive in the festive French Quarter, with all the food, drink, and fun you can handle, at this central location right on famous Bourbon Street.

When the trumpet sounds its call, you’ll be ready to set up your next win at trial with a killer pre-trial plan.

Oh, how you’ll want to be in this number! Register now as seats are limited. 


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
3:30-6:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday, March 2, 2023
7:30 am

Registration & Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am Welcome, Introductions, Announcements – NACDL President Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL) and Program Co-Chairs Guy Cardamone (Madison, WI), Kelli Childress (El Paso, TX), and Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
8:45 am Jazzing Up Pretrial Motions: Making Motions Matter​ – Steven Epstein (Garden City, NY)
10:00 am Killing Them in Limine – Joe Bugni (Madison, WI)
11:00 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:20 am Deconstructing the Indicted Ham Sandwich and Other Motions Attacking the Pleading – Marilyn Bednarski (Pasadena, CA)
12:20 pm Lunch break on your own
1:50 pm Social Media & Internet Investigation Secrets Revealed – Kevin McClain (Central City, IL)
2:50 pm Uncovering the True Crime: Pretrial Litigation on Police Misconduct – Deja Vishny (Milwaukee, WI)
3:50 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:10 pm Putting the Right Person on Trial - Prepping for Self-Defense – Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
5:10 pm Adjourn for the day
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Justice and Jazz in the Quarter - A Reception Honoring Jim Boren and Billy Sothern

Join NACDL, the Foundation for Criminal Justice, and LACDL,  for a fundraiser to support the work of these two great organizations. 


RSVP / order tickets at:

LOCATION: Historic Toulouse Theater

Friday, March 3, 2023
7:00 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs 
8:25 am Pre-Trial Representation in Reproductive Health Cases – C. Melissa 'Missy' Owen (Charlotte, NC)
9:25 am Guarding Miranda and Waivers Rancheros: Cultural Considerations in the Suppression of Confessions – Francisco ‘Frank’ Morales (Corpus Christi, TX)
10:25 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:45 am Getting Our Due in Pursuit of Mr. Brady – Natasha Perdew Silas (Atlanta, GA)
11:45 am Freedom Denied: Combating the Federal Jailing Crisis – Alison Siegler (Chicago, IL)
1:00 pm Lunch break on your own
2:30 pm How to Catch a Rat: Preparing to Cross-Examine the Snitch – Michael Carter (Detroit, MI)
3:30 pm Increasing Jury Diversity Through Community Engagement – William Snowden (New Orleans, LA)
4:30 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:45 pm Challenging DNA – Elizabeth Vasquez (Brooklyn, NY)
5:35 pm Seminar Adjourns
Saturday, March 4, 2023
7:00 am Exhibits
9:00 am NACDL’s Midwinter Membership & Board of Director’s Meeting (All are welcome and encouraged to attend)
1:00 pm Enjoy New Orleans!


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 13.00 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, TN and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone Reservations: 855-463-3092
Online Reservations: NACDL 2023 Midwinter Meeting 
Group rate: $219 + tax  (Expires February 8, 2023). Please mention "NACDL Midwinter Meeting" or group code 022823NACD 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.

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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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Cybertek Forensics, Inc.
Garrett Discovery
Louisiana Assciation of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL)
RizeUp Media 


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 $409. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $205 (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 February 4, 2023.


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  


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
NACDL MEMBERS: Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $409
NACDL MEMBERS: Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $299
Non-Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $299
ALL Louisiana Lawyers (Residents Only) $299
ALL Regional Lawyers (AL, AR, MS, OK, TX) $369
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: $269
Non-Attendee Guest/Spouse Events Package $150
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, February 24, 2023, to receive a refund, less the cancellation fee. No refunds can be issued after the cancellation deadline.

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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