NCDD Sessions and Seminars

The 27th Annual MSE

NCDD Seminars and Sessions


March 26, 2020 - March 27, 2020

The 27th Annual MSE features nationally renowned experts and lawyers with more than three centuries of combined scientific and practical experience.

New Orleans, LA

Hotel Accommodations:

The Royal Sonesta
Refer to the seminar dates and the NCDD/TCDLA event to get the discounted rate of $234/night.
Room Block Closes March 6, 2020.

Registration Closed

The MSE Seminar scheduled for March 26-27 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Refunds or credits for next year are available by contacting Melissa Schank at:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

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 27, 2020 (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 27, 2020 (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

The MSE Seminar scheduled for March 26-27 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Refunds or credits for next year are available by contacting Melissa Schank at:



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