Annual Ethics Seminar Announced

Annual Ethics Seminar for Criminal Defense Lawyers


Saturday, January 9, 2016: 8:30 to noon.

Olympia Resort and Conference Center

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin


Need to report your CLE for 2015?  Your report is due January 31. 2016, and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is pleased to once again present its Annual Ethics Seminar for Criminal Defense Lawyers. This is a great opportunity to earn the 3 required ethics credits in the company of colleagues in the defense bar; you know that much of the value of these programs comes from others practicing criminal defense.


Program organizer Donna Kuchler has put together an outstanding line-up. This year’s topics include trial ethics, ethical issues unique to homicide cases, and the latest on the complicated issues at the intersections of criminal defense and immigration. We will discuss problems that others have encountered that might not be apparent to everyone. In other words, the things we don't necessarily think of in advance. Experienced trial attorneys will discuss these kinds of things and the surprises that they have encountered. Their experience in trials will help everyone understand how to deal with the unexpected.


Because immigration consequences are not always considered by defense attorneys, we will discuss why they need to consider these issues to avoid ineffective claims later on.


Our speakers are all experienced and dynamic attorneys with thoughtful and informative perspectives on the professional responsibilities of criminal defense lawyers.


This seminar has an important bonus, a chance to honor an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. Traditionally, WACDL announces and presents the David Niblack Award at this seminar. The purposes of this award are to recognize the contributions of an attorney to the effective defense of the indigent, either cumulative career contributions or outstanding accomplishments and to honor and preserve the memory of an outstanding attorney who devoted his life and considerable talents to the defense of those who needed it but could not pay for it. The criteria for selection include pride and professionalism in the work; competence in provision of services; respect for the clients. 


Register today to earn your CLE Ethics credits and to honor a colleague. go to


Members: $75.00

Non-members:   $100.00


8:30 – 9:00          Registration

9:00 – 9:50          Navigating Immigration Waters. – Attorney Gia Pionek-Valle

9:50 – 10:40        Trial Ethics - Attorney Michelle Tjader

10:40 – 11:00      Break

11:00 – 11:50      When Things Blow Up in Trial: Ethics in Defending Murder Cases.  – Attorney Anne Bowe

11:50                   David Niblack Award Presentation.


3 CLE credits to be applied for