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Cutting Edge Criminal Defense Strategies

2018 WACDL









Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27, 2018

Chula Vista Resort and Conference Center

Wisconsin Dells, WI




Creativity. Change. Innovation. Technological advances Progress. The practice of criminal defense is always in transition. Not only does the law change, but new techniques, tools and strategies for defending those accused by the government of committing a crime are tried and developed. You may have tried your last sexual assault or homicide defense using the tool box with which you are familiar, but that does not mean you have to use that same tool box next time.


Come join your colleagues in criminal defense for two days of conversation, connecting and learning from some of the best and brightest in our field regarding a wide array innovative and creative approaches for assuring that your clients get the best criminal defense available. The program includes recognized experts in forensic science, jury selection, and the use of videos as part of your defense case.  We will take a look at the impact of the current #MeToo movement on the defense of sexual assault, and hear about the challenges presented by forensic interviews of children.


Trial strategy, intrastate detainers, and the latest on the impact of technology and devices on the protections of the Fourth Amendment are all part of WACDL’s 2018 Annual Conference.

Whether you are in private practice or are a public defender, this affordable seminar will provide you with knowledge and insight into a variety of new tools and strategies for your criminal defense work.

The faculty includes long-time and well-known Wisconsin defense lawyers as well as knowledgeable experts in other fields who will share their insights and lessons.


Tuition includes lunch both days and a reception and dinner Thursday night. Join us in the Dells to meet your colleagues in the criminal defense bar for some great learning and camaraderie. We are able to make this event very affordable due to the generosity of our sponsors.




Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to offer two scholarships to this seminar, one for a state public defender and one for a criminal defense lawyer in private practice.  To apply, send a letter to WACDL at PO Box 6706, Monona, WI 53716 or an email to


Program Committee: Attorneys Anthony Cotton, Chris Donovan, David Bolles, and Suzanne Edwards




Day One: Thursday April 26.  


8:45 -10:00    He Said, She Said" Challenging Child Forensic Interviews and Memory. David Thompson, Ph. D.

10:00 –10:50 - The Art of Trial Strategy, Atty. Dennis Melowski

10:50 – 11:05 - Refreshment Break

11:05 – 11:55- Defending Sexual Assault Clients: Tried-and-True Stories, Atty. Aaron Nelson

11:55 – 1:00 – lunch

1:00 – 1:50 - Case Dismissed: Why the Intrastate Detainer Statute Should be on Your Radar,

Atty. Matt Pinix

1:50 – 2:40 - The 4th Amendment and 21st Century Technology: Emerging Issues – Atty. Chris Donovan

2:40 – 2:55 - Refreshment break

2:55 – 3:45 - Fee Agreements from a Fee Arbitrator’s Perspective, Atty. Daniel Fay

3:45 – 4:35 - Getting the Most Out of Pretrial Motions - Atty. Craig Albee

4:35 – Adjourn

4:35 – 6:00 President’s Reception – Cash Bar and Hot and Cold Hors d’oeuvres

6:00       Dinner

Post dinner: Karaoke, with the One and Only Attorney Chris Van Wagner


Day Two: Friday, April 27, 2018


8:30 – 9:20 - Effective Trial Techniques, Judge Michael Aprahamian

9:20 – 10:15 - Fighting Forensic Testimony: Is it Fake News, Atty. Stephen Meyer

10:15 – 10:30 – Refreshment Break

10:30 - 11:45 - Using Moving Pictures to Persuade: Making the Case for Visual Advocacy, Atty. Doug Passon

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 2:00 - Me Neither: Talking to Juries in the Age of the #Me Too Movement, Atty. Jessa Nicholson-Goetz

2:00 – 3:15 - Len Bias Case From a Forensic Scientist View, James Oehldrich

3:15 – Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:20 - Courtroom Presentation For The Modern Era: Everybody Plays, Rob Rosenberg

4:20 – Adjourn  

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