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2022 Forensic Science & the Law Seminar

Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 14.25 General Credits/2.0 Ethics Credits

Agenda Faculty CLE Hotel Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Register Online Register by PDF Materials

NACDL’s 15th Annual Forensic Science & the Law Seminar, “Making Sense of Science” will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, April 7-9, 2022. 


Don’t miss this great opportunity for a no-nonsense, national networking CLE featuring the leading faculty in their respective fields. This two-day event is produced in partnership with the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ).

Register, and make your plans to attend TODAY!

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2022
3:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Friday, April 8, 2022
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks and Morning Announcements – NACDL President Martin A. Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) & Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA) and Adrian Lobo (Las Vegas, NV)
8:15 am Theories & Themes in Forensic Science Cases – Monique Sparks (Houston, TX)
9:15 am Forensic Mental Health: Utilization of Experts​ – Dr. Gimel Rogers, Psy.D., ABPP (Los Angeles, CA)
10:15 am Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:35 am Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Medical Death Investigation, Concepts of Cause and Manner of Death, and Qualifications of Different Types of Death Investigators – Dr. Amy McMaster Hawes, Pathologist (Clinton, TN)
12:35 pm Lunch break on your own
2:05 pm Using Biomechanical and Injury Analysis in Criminal Cases – Dr. Mireille E. Kelley (Charlotte, NC)
3:05 pm SANE Examinations and the Presence or Absence of Injury – Tristan Wristen, MSN, BSN, RN, FN-CSA, LNC (Point Pleasant, NJ)
4:05 pm Exhibits, Networking, & Refreshment Break
4:25 pm Cell Towers, CDR Reports, and GPS Tracking – Robert Aguero (Burlington, WA)
5:25 pm Adjourns for the Day
6:00 pm

Welcoming Reception

Saturday, April 9, 2022
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs Adrian Lobo & Jacquie Goodman
8:10 am Cognitive Bias in Forensic Pathology – Sarah Hawkins (Las Vegas, NV)
9:10 am Abusive Head Trauma (AHT): Lessons from Across the Spectrum – Nancy Lemcke (Las Vegas, NV) and Dr. Evan Matshes (San Diego, CA)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am A Lawyer's Guide to Vehicle Forensics – Jonathan Brayman (Chicago, IL)
11:30 am Statistics in Forensics: Understanding the Data Behind the Junk – Mark Satawa (Southfield, MI)
12:30 pm Lunch on your own
2:00 pm Autopsy of a Crime Lab: The Reliability of Forensic Evidence – Brandon Garrett (Durham, NC)
3:15 pm The Busy Lawyer's Update on Federal Evidence and Forensic Science – Rene Valladares (Las Vegas, NV)
4:15 pm Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:35 pm Representing the High-Profile Client in a Forensics-Laden Case: A Conversation with David Z. Chesnoff – David Chesnoff (Las Vegas, NV) and Adrian Lobo (Las Vegas, NV)
5:35 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 14 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.


Four Seasons Hotel
3960 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Phone Reservations: 702-632-5000
Online Reservations: Book your group rate for NACDL 2022 Forensic Science Seminar
Group rate: $219 + $29 resort fee + tax  (Expires March 16, 2022). Please mention NACDL Room Block 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

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

Criminal Defense Nurse Consulting
Garrett Discovery, 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 $419. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $210 (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 March 6, 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  


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

Registration Fees
Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $419
Associate, Professor, "New Lawyer" and International Members $299
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $299
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $369
ALL Regional Lawyers (AZ, ID, OR, UT) $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: $279
Non-Attendee Guest/Spouse Events Package $110
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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