NCDD Sessions and Seminars

2023 Mastering Scientific Evidence-New Orleans, LA

NCDD Seminars and Sessions


March 30, 2023 - March 31, 2023

NCDD and TCDLA is proud to announce that the nation’s premier DUI forensic science seminar will once again be held, March 30-31, 2023, at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA. MSE is the original and preeminent national DUI/DWI Scientific Evidence seminar of its kind, featuring not just science but also successful and proven trial strategies in challenging police pseudo-scientific evidence. Learn about DWI science and its limitations and proven and winning DWI trial strategies from some of the country’s preeminent and highly acclaimed experts and DWI trial lawyers and enjoy live chats during the seminar for camaraderie with the experts, lawyers, and attendees.


TimeEvent DescriptionPresenter
8:15 – 8:30 amOpening Remarks
8:30 – 9:30 amWhy Validation, Procedures & Compliance Matter to Reliability of Gas Chromatography ResultsDr. Kevin Schug
9:30 – 10:15 amPreanalytical and Laboratory Quality Control Issues in Blood TestingJanine Arvizu
10:15 – 10:30 amBreak
10:30 – 11:15 amChromatography Gone Wild: What to Look for & How to CombatJames Nesci
11:15 am – 12:00 pmThe Presumption of Innocence and Trial Court Judges: Our Greatest FailingRetired Judge Joe Johnson
12:00 – 1:15 pmLunch on your own
1:15 – 1:45 pmNCDD Dean’s AddressAndrew Mishlove
1:45 – 2:30 pmStorytelling & Science in DUI Bench & Jury TrialsKim Benjamin
2:30 – 3:15 pmDrug Recognition Evidence: What Law Enforcement is TaughtDr. Lance Platt
3:15 – 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 – 4:15 pmDe-Validating SFSTs with “Validation” StudiesMichelle Behan
4:15 – 5:15 pmJunk Science and the American Criminal Justice SystemM. Chris Fabricant

Friday (Lecture Track):

TimeEvent DescriptionPresenter
8:30 – 9:15 amSignificance of Peer Review Process and Interpreting Scientific JargonDr. Kevin Schug
9:15 – 10:00 amAccreditation & Analytical Laboratory Issues in Blood Alcohol TestingJanine Arvizu
10:00 – 10:45 amSuccessful Pretrial Motion Tactics in DWI CasesGary Trichter
10:45 – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 – 11:45 amUsing Scientific Studies to Defeat DREDoug Murphy
11:45 am – 1:15 pmLunch on your own
1:15 – 2:00 pmIntro to Another Dimension: GC Mass Spectrometry & Blood Drug AnalysisAndrew Mishlove
2:00 – 2:45 pmSeated SFSTs in Marine Environment: How to be a Pirate in the CourtroomJim Nesci
2:45 – 3:30 pmSealing the Deal in Closing ArgumentsMichelle Behan
3:30 – 3:45 pmBreak
3:45 – 4:30 pmD.R.E. & A.R.I.D.E.: What is the Difference?Dr. Lance Platt
4:30 – 5:00 pmMitigation: Using Rehabilitation to Your Client’s AdvantageJacqueline Hall-Addiction Recovery

Friday (Trial Track):

TimeEvent Description
8:30 – 9:45 amJury Selection
9:45 – 10:15 amOpening Statements
10:15 am – 12:00 pmDirect and Cross Examination of the Arresting Officer & Direct of State's Expert
Noon – 1:15 pmLunch Break – on your own
1:15 – 2:15 pmCross Examination of State's Expert
2:15 – 3:30 pmDefense Expert – direct and cross
3:30 – 3:45 pmBreak
3:45 – 4:15 pmJury Arguments
4:15 – 5:30 pmJury Deliberations & Debriefing


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