NCDD Sessions and Seminars

27th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence

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March 25, 2021 - March 26, 2021

The 27th Annual MSE seminar features nationally renowned experts and lawyers with more than three centuries of combined scientific and practical experience. The science and trial tactics are not only taught in lecture format; the concepts from the lectures are also demonstrated and applied in a courtroom setting in a mock jury trial. Come learn about DWI science, its limitations, and proven winning DWI trial strategies from some of the country's preeminent and highly acclaimed experts and DWI trial lawyers. The seminar also includes the complimentary Bourbon Street Balcony and hospitality room, a Thursday evening "alcohol absorption project", and a world-class Cajun seafood buffet reception you can only find in New Orleans.

Hotel Accommodations:

The Royal Sonesta
855-463-3092

Thursday, March 25, 2021

8:30 – 8:45Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:45 amWhat You Need to Know about Gas Chromatography & ValidationDr. Kevin Schug (Arlington, TX)
9:45 – 10:45 amEmerging (and Ongoing) Issues in Breath Testing that Affect your ClientJan Semenoff (Saskatoon, Canada)
10:45 - 11:00 amBreak
11:00 – 12:00 pmDUI Math: Ten Math Concepts Essential to DUI DefenseJames Nesci (Tucson, AZ)
12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch on your own
1:00 – 2:00 pmDefending Drugged Driving Cases: Factual & Legal ChallengesBrad Williams (Conway, AR)
2:00 – 2:15 pmDean's Address: Paul Burglin (.25 hr Ethics) (San Rafael, CA)
2:15 – 3:00 pmHow to Counsel Your Client and Address Substance Abuse Issues (.75 hr Ethics)Paul Burglin (San Rafael, CA)
3:00 – 3:15 pmBreak
3:15 – 4:00 pmParrot or Expert – Daubert Challenges to Exclusion of Expert OpinionsW. Troy McKinney (Houston, TX)
4:00 – 4:45 pmDo the Blood Tubes Really Matter?Janine Arvizu (Tijeras, NM)
4:45 – 5:30 pmCannabis DUI 101: Chemical Confirmation, Effects of Cannabis, Evaluation of Drivers for Cannabis DRE and SFST FindingsDr. Traci Aladeen & Dr. Fran Gengo (Buffalo, NY)
5:30 – 7:30 pmAlcohol Absorption Research Project

Friday, March 26, 2021 (Lecture Track)

8:30 – 9:30 amMedical Cannabis & Marijuana Sensitivity StudiesDr. Traci Aladeen & Dr. Fran Gengo (Buffalo, NY)
9:30 – 10:30 amDefending Asleep at the Wheel CasesMimi Coffey (Fort Worth, TX)
10:30 – 10:45 amBreak
10:45 – 11:45 amCrossing State's Analyst into Your ExpertDoug Murphy (Houston, TX)
11:45 – 1:15 pmLunch on your own
1:15 – 2:15 pmRoadside THC Testing (30 min) / Ambien & Automatism: Defenses (30 min)Shawn Dominy (Columbus, OH)
2:15 – 3:15 pmGates into Hell: Crime Lab ProblemsDr. Frederic "Fred" Whitehurst (Bethel, NC) (Former FBI scientist who reported misconduct within the FBI crime lab, resulting in massive reforms)
3:15 – 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 – 4:30 pmCommon Sense Blood Test DefensesCourtney Miller (Fort Worth, TX)
4:30 – 5:30 pmThe Disconnect Defense & Defeating Retrograde ExtrapolationJordan Lewis (Houston, TX)

Friday, March 26, 2021 (Trial Track)

8:30 – 9:45 amJury Selection
9:45 - 10:15 amOpening Statements
10:15 – 12:00 pmDirect and Cross Examination of the Arresting Officer & Direct of State's Expert
12:00 – 1:15 pmLunch Break – on your own
1:15 – 2:15 pmmargin-top:30px;Cross 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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