NCDD National Task Force: Alcohol & Drug Testing Devices Committee

Andrew Mishlove

The Alcohol and Drug Testing Devices Task Force gathers and provides members with information related to devices used by law enforcement for alcohol and drug testing, including breath, oral fluids, and transdermal monitoring. The task force informs members about issues related to reliability and accuracy. The Task force may also produce articles and case reviews for the NCDD Journal and blog, as well as topics for webinars and seminars.

Co-Chairs:
  • Sara Compher-Rice
  • John Menzel
Members:
  • Jim Nesci
  • Lisa Saltzman
  • Mike Nichols
  • Kim Benjamin
  • Nicky Boatwright
  • Karleigh Miller
  • Teuta Jonuzi
  • Barton Morris
  • Elliott Wilcox
  • Jay Norton
  • Rod Frechette
  • John Ingrassia
  • Ryan Stowe
  • Robert Saunders
  • Charles Goodwin
  • Doug Herring

NCDD National Task Force: Amicus/Research Committee

Don Ramsell

The Amicus/Research Committee represents the National College for DUI Defense and the Board’s positions in the highest courts of the nation. NCDD’s goals include the protection of citizens’ rights as they relate to impaired driving cases. These rights include privacy rights, Fourth Amendment rights, confrontation rights, promotion of accurate and reliable testing, unrestricted access to evidence and overall justice in proceedings. The Amicus/Research Committee also may supply articles to the NCDD Journal on issues related to the committee such as research and writing, assisting members as appropriate, as well as suggesting topics for seminars and webinars.

Co-Chairs:
  • Michael Vang
  • Michelle Behan
Members:
  • Lenny Stamm
  • Joe Bernard
  • Erica Bruno
  • William Cristman
  • Michael DelSignore
  • Matt Dodd
  • David Franks
  • Sarah Giglio
  • Teuta Jonuzi
  • Jason Komninos
  • Brian Leininger
  • J. Christopher Llinas
  • Adam Nero
  • Adam Stolte
  • Steve Hernandez
  • Tracey Wood
  • Don Bartell
  • Mike Nichols
  • Bell Island
  • Denise Childress
  • Charles Goodwin
  • Chad McCabe
  • Maxwell Glass

NCDD National Task Force: Collateral Consequences -FAA, CDL, Licensure, Immigration & Military Committee

John Hunsucker

The purpose of the NCDD Collateral Damage Task Force is to have one source for members to access collateral effects of a DUI conviction. These effects the effect a DUI on out of state drivers’ licenses, professional licenses and employment, expungement, gun possession, immigration/travel, and military service.

Co-Chairs:
  • James Phillips
  • Kevin O’Grady
Members:
  • Scott Wonder
  • Robert Hanaford
  • Ted Harvatin
  • Carlos Garcia
  • Michael King
  • Nathan Hulling

NCDD National Task Force: Diversity Committee

Virginia Landry

The Diversity Committee is available to assist, recognize, cultivate, and acknowledge minorities, women, persons of color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender individuality. NCDD recognizes that the clients we serve, as well as our members, are diverse in so very many ways. The Committee has a “STAR” tracking system to Search for Talent Around the Regions. The Diversity Committee embraces bringing many different opinions, individuality, and reaches out to those with a desire for growth and advancement opportunities into the college. The Diversity Committee provides scholarships for memberships, mentoring with other members and/or Regents, and the interface with the rotating Board of Regents. In the last several years, our minority membership has continued to grow, and we welcome anyone with interest in serving on the committee, as well as those desiring cultivation for speaking opportunities, writing articles, social advancement, and State Delegate potential. Becoming more involved with the college as a STAR helps provide opportunities for your own personal and professional growth. Please consider reaching out to us via Rhea@NCDD.com or virginia@landrylaw.net for more information.

Chair:
  • Lynn Gorelick
Members:
  • Mimi Coffey
  • Amy Morell
  • Sara Compher-Rice
  • Lauren Stuckert
  • Andrew Mishlove
  • Steven Hernandez
  • Andrea Amodeo-Vickery
  • Kellee Parker Harris

NCDD National Task Force: Ethics Committee

David Katz

The NCDD Ethics Taskforce is designed to provide relevant information to the DUI practitioner on ethics issues and developing trends in ethics nationwide as they relate to the practice of law and the specialization of DUI defense. The task force will prepare and present seminars (or participate in NCDD seminars) on ethics for the DUI practitioner and write ethics articles for the NCDD journal. The goal is to provide members with the information they need to provide the top-notch DUI defense while staying within the rules governing professional responsibility as defined by the various state and federal bar organizations under which we all are licensed.

Co-Chairs:
  • Amanda Riek
  • Matt Olszewski
Members:
  • Steven Epstein
  • William Bly
  • Celeste Dudley-Smith
  • Allyson Prejean
  • Rebecca Ruggero
  • Jeff Lotter
  • Elliot Wilcox
  • Bobby Reiff

NCDD National Task Force: Forensic Science Committee

Mimi Coffey

The NCDD Forensic Science Task Force keeps up with critical forensic issues across the country. These include everything from product recalls, laboratory scandals and cover ups, standards, accreditations, and new scientific developments in the forensic field. The purpose of the committee is to ensure justice through science by educating our members and protecting the public in the arena of forensics.

Chair:
  • Mike Nichols
Members:
  • Emilio De Simone
  • Troy McKinney
  • Tim Kulp
  • Howard Stein
  • Michael Cohen
  • Joe St Louis
  • Michelle Behan
  • Kim Benjamin
  • Chuck Ramsay
  • Denise Childress

NCDD National Task Force: Impaired Driving Committee

Doug Murphy

The Impaired Driving Task Force provides members of NCDD with information and assistance involving:

  • NHTSA Drug and Alcohol Testing, such as SFSTs, DRE, ARIDE
  • Non-Standardized Sobriety Tests
  • Studies relating to Impaired Driving Tests
  • Oral Fluid and Roadside Testing
Co-Chairs:
  • Michelle Behan
  • Steven Hernandez
Members:
  • Corinne Magee
  • Michael Vang
  • Brick Van Der Snick
  • David Franks
  • Lloyd Boyer
  • Sylvia Goldman
  • Sara Compher-Rice
  • Nicky Boatwright
  • Matthew Prior
  • Phillip J. Crawford
  • Robert Hanaford
  • Neil Halttunen
  • Jerald Novak
  • Charles Goodwin
  • Doug Herring
  • Maxwell Glass

NCDD National Task Force: Law Firm Practice Management Committee

Bruce Edge

Implemented to help every member run their offices in the most efficient and productive manner. Some issue will be taxes, payroll, insurance, investments, paperless offices, technology and avoiding unseen pitfalls in running an office than may not be readily evident. Basically, we want our members to be able to work less and keep more of the money they earn.

Chair:
  • Jay Ruane
Members:
  • Mike Bowser
  • Peter Carini
  • Briteney Mercer
  • John Webb
  • Jonathan Dichter
  • Jay Tiftickjian
  • Matthew Konecky

NCDD National Task Force: Mental Health, Addiction & Well-Being Committee

Paul Burglin

The committee will provide a confidential resource for any of our members who may be struggling with alcoholism or addiction issues or who are simply feeling overwhelmed with the pressure and stress of being an attorney. Additionally, we will be available to offer consultation on how best to deal with clients in need of treatment.

Co-Chairs:
  • Doug Hazleton
  • Chris Llinas
Members:
  • David Singer
  • Allison Markoski
  • Amber Beaverson
  • Eric Torberson
  • Patrick Barone

NCDD National Task Force: Public Defender Committee

Joe St. Louis

NCDD’s Public Defender Task Force is committed to providing public defenders and public defender agencies with top quality training in felony and misdemeanor DUI defense issues, resources for litigating DUI issues, and assistance when public defenders are threatened with adverse action by prosecutors and judges in these cases. We understand how necessary and important the work performed by public defenders is to those without the resources to hire private council, and we are committed to ensuring that these attorneys and their clientele are not disadvantaged by a lack of training or resources. NCDD offers free trainings for Public Defenders and Public Defender Agencies. If you are interested in helping to organize a training for your agency, please contact Regent Joe St. Louis at joestlouis@azdefense.com.

Co-Chairs:
  • Lisa Saltzman
  • Sylvia Goldman
Members:
  • Travis McGivern
  • David Ferguson
  • Joel Schmidt
  • Mitchell Ignatoff
  • Celeste Dudley-Smith
  • Marcus Evans
  • Joy Hobart
  • James Maloney
  • Allison Markoski
  • Delton Caraway
  • Amber Beaverson

NCDD National Task Force: Trial Advocacy Committee

Bell Island

The Trial Advocacy Task Force provides members with information and resources regarding trial techniques useful in impaired driving cases, as well as assisting members who seek advice on how to approach specific fact patterns related to impaired driving defenses. The Task Force may also submit articles to the NCDD Journal and suggest topics for webinars and seminars.

Co-Chairs:
  • Eric Sills
  • Steven Epstein
Members:
  • Leigh Ann Bauer
  • Marc Lopez
  • Kim Benjamin
  • Steve Hanna
  • Kevin McKernan
  • John Menzel
  • Glen Neeley
  • Amanda Riek
  • Lynn Gorelick
  • Lloyd Boyer
  • Jason Schatz
  • Kathleen Carey
  • Jason Kunowski
  • Jonathan Dichter
  • Ryan Russman
  • John Ingrassia
  • Andrew Alpert
  • Lamar Fields

The National College for DUI Defense and the NCDD Diversity Task Force Committee is committed to developing a membership that is representative of diversity in its many facets, including without limitation, race, color, national origin, immigration status, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability (hereinafter referred to as “diverse”), by promoting and retaining such individuals to join and actively participate in the National College for DUI Defense.
In an effort to strengthen and grow our membership and thereby to strengthen and grow the quality of our organization, NCDD will strive to provide opportunities for programming, events and initiatives that focus upon issues of import to a more diverse community. With such programming, events, and initiatives, NCDD may encourage and feature outreach, marketing, speakers, and content designed to be of particular interest to a more diverse community. Equally in keeping with NCDD’s commitment to equality, programming will never exclude any person from participating based upon their gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, disability, or other characteristics protected by law, nor will NCDD support programs that exclude on any of those bases.

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