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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.

How to Handle Evidence and Avoid Jail

Ethics CLE seminar for Criminal Defense Attorneys

December 8, 2012

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Madison. 8:30 - Noon

What should you do and not do when evidence comes into your hands – documents, cash, weapons, tools, electronic records? What are your obligations, what do you do with the item or document, who do you tell, and when, where do you keep it, how do you dispose of it? What are your risks and exposure, and how do you minimize or avoid those risks?

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Technology and the Law: Clouds, PDF's, iPads, and Tweets in Your Office

The last 15 years alone have seen the advent of Wi-Fi, the invention of the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Google, Facebook, Twitter, digital cameras, flat screen televisions and Wikipedia. These advances have affected every industry, and the practice of law is no exception.

How can you use these inventions to improve your work as a criminal defense attorney and your bottom line? Can rainmakers use the cloud? Having trouble keeping up with your tweets or do you even know what one is?

This timely seminar will provide practical information, tips and tools that you can integrate into your practice immediately. Lawyers who attend will learn about cloud computing, how to make your practice mobile, and using social media to attract clients. Depending on your specific needs these tools can help you reduced overhead and become more efficient, more productive and more persuasive.

All criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin will find the topics at this seminar iNformative, iNteresting, timely and helpful.

Here is the registration brochure

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