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Ultimate Cross: Techniques from the Masters - Self-Study Recording
This special 15.5 hour compilation represents the highest-rated speakers on a variety of cross-examination techniques from all recent NACDL seminars. Rest assured, you will find each of these presentations as interesting and informative as those who saw them LIVE and rated them as the year's best! Availability: Video DVD / Audio CD Click here to learn more
Exposing & Fighting Misconduct in Criminal Cases - Self-Study Recording
As we face a current epidemic of government misconduct, from police and prosecutors to labs, experts, jurors, and even judges, our clients are unfairly suffering the consequences of prosecutorial overreach, unfair trial tactics, and an abundance of dishonesty across the criminal justice spectrum. Don’t let it happen to you and your client—prepare yourself to identify the early signs of governmental misconduct, and learn the tactics and strategies necessary to expose and defeat those who cheat, in order to win. This 14-hour program includes presentations from experienced investigators, litigators, and experts with outstanding credentials to share their knowledge, insights and methods to help your client avoid or recover from being a victim of misconduct. The program will cover every facet of a criminal case which misconduct by one of the "players" can affect your client's freedom. You will undoubtedly come away better prepared to spot misconduct early, and either prevent it, or address it to help preserve your client’s liberty. Availability: Video DVD / Audio CD Click here to learn more
Understanding, Working, and Dealing With Forensic Experts - Self-Study DVD Recording
Virtually every modern case you encounter involves forensic science. Are you really prepared to deal with it? This 4.5 hour DVD compilation program is designed to provide defense counsel with a basic understanding of how scientists think and the use of experts. It will discuss general principles relating to how scientific data, theories, experiments and analysis are conducted and evaluated, and teach you how to think like a scientist when dealing with evidence in any given forensic field, through the discussion of universal principles that apply across all disciplines. The program will also provide an update to the National Academies of Science (NAS) Report, including a brief history, techniques for discovery, what is important in discovery, strategies for obtaining it, and getting information into evidence. You will also learn about the importance of using a forensic scientist to assist on your case, what they can actually help with, and what different crime labs are currently struggling with. A special emphasis of science in criminal trials through the lens of Innocence Project cases that involved junk science will address responses to flawed forensics and offer suggestions for litigating junk science. Availability: Video DVD Click here to learn more
Dealing With Selective Enforcement & Racial Profiling in Criminal Cases - Self-Study Recording
In this 1-hour program, nationally-known trial attorney and lecturer Colette Tvedt focuses on issues of selective enforcement and racial profiling in auto stop cases and offers successful litigation techniques to make your client’s case disappear. She will cover a variety of motions, including motions and memorandum for Rule 17 subpoenas, motions to compel discovery in canine searches, and memorandum in support of the necessity for a full evidentiary hearing regarding the issue of selective enforcement and racial profiling. Availability: Video DVD / On-Demand Click here to learn more
Powerful Words: Storytelling & Persuasion Techniques for Communicating Your Theory of Defense - Resource Manual (2016 Edition)
A lawyer’s ability to communicate and persuade is the cornerstone of an effective courtroom performance. Your power to persuade is reliant upon your word selection, your presence in the courtroom, and how you tell a story to convey your theory of defense. The ability to fluidly and effectively communicate is a natural skill possessed by few people, so for the average lawyer, it is a skill that must be learned. This resource manual will train you to be the best courtroom communicator possible by outlining how to develop a theme and story, explain the power that words have, prepare you for trial. It consists of a compilation of resources from seasoned litigators and expert communicators who have used these techniques to perfect their courtroom performance. You will learn how to make your case and gain the upper hand by understanding the concept of personality as persuasion, and the role a good story plays. Gain the insight of these techniques start improving your power to persuade and make cogent and credible appeals to the ultimate finders of facts: our jurors. Order your personal copy today! Availability: Hard Copy, spiral bound Click here to learn more
The Science of the Mind: Litigating Mental Health in Criminal Cases - DVD Video
A 16-hour Program. Whether it is insanity, incompetence, or impairment; mental health issues affect bail decisions, sentencing, and the chance of winning at trial. Understanding the current science and being able to use it can be the key to successful representation of a client. In this extensive 16-hour program, experts in the sciences and seasoned litigators with extensive experience representing mentally disabled or affected clients share their insights, knowledge, and understanding of mental health to assist you in helping your next client obtain a successful outcome. This program covers various aspects of mental health issues. Beginning with an in-depth review of the law from diminished capacity to insanity and mental retardation, you will learn about pharmacology, picking the best jury and getting them to care about your client, how to effectively cross-examine a variety of experts, and mitigation at sentencing. Availability: Video DVD and Audio CD-Rom Click here to learn more
Echoes of War: Litigating Combat Veterans' Mental Impairment Issues in Criminal Cases - DVD Video
This 1.5 -hour program provides an overview of the unique problems facing veterans with service-related disorders who are arrested and charged in the criminal justice system and how attorneys can effectively defend these veterans. Mr. Hunter explores the history of PTSD and its ties to criminal behavior. He provides insight on how a criminal charge and certain outcomes can serve as an opportunity to aid troubled veterans and get them help while enhancing public safety. Availability: Video DVD Click here to learn more
Sexual Assault Trial Skills Guide - Resource Manual (2016 Edition)
NACDL’s new Sexual Assault Defense Resource Manual (2016 ed.) is a comprehensive resource intended for both new lawyers and seasoned practitioners involved in sexual assault or child abuse cases. A primer on a wide-array of topics, it covers the basic elements of trial, from negotiation to obtaining discovery, and from creative motions, to prepping your client and experts for cross, as well as to establishing and arguing mitigating factors at sentencing. The manual will cover common issues in these types of cases, such as unconscious acts, Taint hearings, prior-acts evidence, and child competency and witness interviews. Compiled from top-rated contributors, this manual is available as a spiral-bound, hard-copy book of sample motions, practice tips and techniques, and more. Order your personal copy today and immediately improve your practice! Availability: Hard Copy, spiral bound Click here to learn more
Trial Skills Guide for the Defense - Resource Manual (2015 Edition)
NACDL’s “Trial Skills Guide” is a comprehensive, all-inclusive resource intended for both new lawyers and seasoned practitioners. A primer on a wide-array of topics, it covers all the basic elements of pre-trial, from getting bail to negotiation to establishing a defense theme, as well as trial skills, ranging from Jury Selection to Summation, with the intent to improve and/or transform your advocacy skills and courtroom techniques. Compiled from top-rated contributors, this manual is available as a spiral-bound, hard-copy book containing nearly 600 pages of scholarly articles, sample motions, practice tips and techniques, and more. Order your personal copy today and immediately improve your practice! Availability: Hard Copy, spiral bound Click here to learn more
2015 Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault Cases - Self-Study Recordings
The government has the power and limitless resources to employ the full machinery of the state to scrutinize our clients: forensic computer analysis, DNA, forensic interviews of children, sexual assault exams, risk evaluations, and seemingly endless investigative techniques. Now is the time to equip our arsenal and fight back.
When it comes to representing a client accused of sexual misconduct, defense lawyers need to stay on the cutting-edge of science and the art of persuasion – while giving particular consideration to wide-spread and ill-informed public fears. With the 24-hour news cycle focusing the public’s attention on sex offenses, it has become increasingly more challenging to persuade jurors that our clients are indeed not guilty. This comprehensive 17-hour training is designed to help criminal defense practitioners stay ahead of the curve. It will cover the latest information and practical techniques in defending cases involving DNA evidence, forensic psychology, and computer forensics. Our nationally-renowned faculty will also discuss making the most of your persuasive powers in voir dire, jury argument, handling the press and in negotiations.
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21st Century Evidence: Surveillance & Technology in Criminal Cases - Self-Study Recording
This 3-hour program covers Hemisphere, Stingray, GPS, Cellphones, and Historical Cell Site Analysis. Availability: Video DVD / Audio CD / On-Demand Click here to learn more
Confronting Allegations of Overprescribing, Possession & Distribution of Controlled Substances - Self-Study Recording
This 3-hour program covers False Prescriptions, Pill Mills, Doctor Shopping and Pharmacies, Mail Order Pharmacists, Compounders, and Street-Level Distribution Criminal Offenses. Availability: Video DVD / Audio CD / On-Demand Click here to learn more