WACDL is committed to promoting the proper administration of criminal justice; fostering and maintaining the integrity, independence and expertise of the defense lawyer in criminal cases; and encouraging an unyielding concern for the protection of individual rights and due process.

Zealous Advocacy in Sex Crimes: A Seminar for Criminal Defense Lawyers

Date: March 6, 2015
Location: Potawatomie Hotel and Casino, Milwaukee

The consequences of a sex crime conviction become more serious every year with mandatory minimum sentences and long prison terms becoming the norm. The use of technology in law enforcement investigations, the loosening of restrictions on the use of “other acts” evidence in sex cases and increased restrictions on defense evidence are just some of the challenges defense attorneys face in defending their clients.

Now, more than ever, we must vigorously challenge the state’s evidence and present our case persuasively. This seminar will give you the tools and ideas you need to effectively defend cases with “other acts” evidence, false confessions, and child witnesses. It will help you to understand changes and trends in the law and technology so you can challenge the state’s evidence in pre-trial litigation. Finally, we will discuss trial skills essential to the zealous representation of your clients.

We are also very fortunate to have Justice Janine Geske as our lunch speaker to talk about restorative justice in sex crime cases to help us understand how we can incorporate those ideals into our practice. All criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin will find the topics at this seminar interesting, timely and important.

Download the registration brochure.

We will be applying for 7.5 CLE credits. Program Chair: Attorney Kathleen Stilling, Brookfield

Public Hearing on Proposal to Eliminate Preliminary Hearings

The Criminal Justice Procedure Committee of the Wisconsin Judicial Council is holding a public hearing on a proposal to eliminate preliminary hearings. The hearing will be Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 9:00 am to Noon, in the State Capitol. WACDL is represented on the committee by Attorney and WACDL Past President Kathleen Stilling. She has prepared the attached comments on the proposed change. The proposed new statutory language is appended to the end of her statement. There will be a hearing in July, at a date to be announced, on issues associated with discovery and the use of depositions in criminal proceedings. Kathleen asks that attorneys who are willing to testify at the public hearing next week please contact her directly. If the defense bar is not well-represented, only prosecutors and victim advocates, both of whom support the changes, will be heard. Contact Kathleen at kbsbrook@aol.com or her office, 262-821-0999. It is important to preserve preliminary hearings. Your help is needed. Set aside your plans and testify at this public hearing. Peter McKeever Executive Director Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Understanding and Using Technology to Get Results In and Out of the Courtroom

WACDL member Casey Hoff has put together an outstanding seminar focusing on using technology to get better results in a criminal law practice.

To be really successful in today's courtrooms, you need to be able to take advantage of the electronic tools available. Casey has a line-up of experienced criminal defense attorneys and investigators who will share their expertise with you.

There is still room in the seminar and time to register.

To register, all you need to do is Let me know you will be coming at heartlakec at aol.com and you can pay at the door. It's as easy as "reply".

You can register for one day or the other....Friday or Saturday, June 6 or 7. Just let me know.

Understanding and Using Technology To Get Results In and Out of the Courtroom

Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, 2014
Chula Vista Resort
Highway 13 North
Wisconsin Dells

Like it or not, technology defines our world in so many ways. Understanding how to use technology both in and out of the courtroom to achieve success is a critical part of being an effective criminal defense lawyer. This seminar will focus on many vital and rapidly changing areas of interest in criminal defense as it relates to technology. The seminar will feature presentations on how to obtain and use cell phone, Facebook, text message, and other social media records to win your case. It will cover emerging legal issues surrounding GPS and surveillance as well as computer forensics, cell phone tracking and the latest on DNA evidence. Understanding and using Twitter and social media to increase your client base is becoming more important. This seminar will feature practical tips and suggestions on how to use this technology in the courtroom, and the latest ethics and evidentiary issues in this area.

Bring the family or your significant other (or both) and make a mini-vacation out of it.

Reply and Register today.

Join your colleagues from across Wisconsin and become technologically savvy.

We Here Highly Resolve....Creative Resolutions for Criminal Cases

WACDL seminar exclusively for criminal defense attorneys.

June 7, 2013, Hilton Garden Inn, Oshkosh

No matter what we tell each other at cocktail parties, most of our cases do not go to trial. And, great war story or not, many of the best results we achieve for our clients keep them out of jail, off of the headlines, and even out of court and CCAP. This program will help you help the bulk of your clients to minimize the damage that unwanted attention from the government can cause.

Learn just what exactly lies out there for your client after conviction and use that information to create a better, fairer and more informed result.

As the collateral consequences of conviction have become more severe and harder to mitigate, criminal practitioners must, and courts do, consider them as part of the criminal case in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky.

At this seminar, we’ll discuss arrest and conviction record discrimination, and the effects of expunged convictions. You will enhance your knowledge of presenting a self-defense case, either to the prosecutor or a jury, with insights into eliciting favorable evidence and law enforcement’s own definitions of self-defense situations.

Learn more about the Reid Technique’s fundamentals of field interrogation, which are used by America's intelligence community and law enforcement agencies in order to better examine case agents and other witnesses.

We’ll discuss resolving cases with an eye on limiting the potential ramifications in federal court, and we’ll talk about the best practices to keep your client from ever being charged.

For lunch, we’ll listen to Dean Strang discuss his new book, Worse Than the Devil, which is timely though it’s subject matter took place nearly one century ago. In 1917 a bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Those responsible never were apprehended, but police, press, and public all assumed that the perpetrators were Italian.

Days later, eleven alleged Italian anarchists went to trial on unrelated charges involving a fracas that had occurred two months before. Against the backdrop of World War I, and amidst a prevailing hatred and fear of radical immigrants, the Italians had an unfair trial. The specter of the larger, uncharged crime of the bombing haunted the proceedings and assured convictions of all eleven.

Although Clarence Darrow led an appeal that gained freedom for most of the convicted, the celebrated lawyer's methods themselves were deeply suspect. The entire case left a dark, if hidden, stain on American justice.

Registration brochure is HERE

Judicial Council Proposes Revisions to Criminal Procedure

See here for Judicial Council's proposals to revise the criminal procedure code in Wisconsin.

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