2019 President's Conference, Seminar, Reception and Awards Dinner

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2019 President's Conference, Seminar, Reception and Awards Dinner





2019 WACDL










Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2019

Chula Vista Resort and Conference Center

Wisconsin Dells, WI




Collaboration.  If there is a theme to this seminar it is collaboration.  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 of relevant, important and timely topics to help you improve your practice. 


We are pleased that Attorney Denis M. deVlaming, with deVlaming & Rivellini, PA, Clearwater Florida, will be joining us this year. Mr. deVlaming has spoken nationally on the principles and requirements of Brady v. Maryland.  He will discuss the means and methods which the defense community can use to require the prosecution to turn over all Brady material that in any way tends to exonerate the accused, might impeach any prosecution witness or could lessen punishment, is exculpatory in any way or will support a valid defense. In addition, Mr. deVlaming will provide a fascinating presentation on jury nullification.


Our other presenters, some of the finest criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Wisconsin,  will discuss winning motions, winning trial strategies, and successful sentencing arguments which will allow you to achieve the best outcomes for your clients.  Furthermore, we will discuss some of the highest profile criminal cases in Wisconsin in the last year, and provide concrete ways to apply them to your current cases. 


We are honored to have Justice Louis Butler, WACDL's first Honorary Member, as our luncheon speaker on Friday. 


Results matter. Period. The key to your next victory can be found at this seminar.  


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.


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.




Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to offer two tuition 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 wacdl@wacdl.com. Make the case why you should get a scholarship.




We thank our sponsors for their support: Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (WILMIC), Thompson Reuters, CourtTracker™ and Lifesafer Ignition Interlocks


See below for sleeping room information.




Thursday April 25, 2019  


8:30 - 9:00      Registration and Welcome


9:00 - 9:50      Crafting Winning Trial Strategies Out of Crazy Ideas and Wild Thoughts – Attorney Aaron Nelson


9:50 - 10:40    Title IX -  Your Client's Criminal Charge Is not Their Only Problem.  Defending Sexual Assault Allegations in Schools. -  Attorney Chad Lanning-  


0:40 - 10:55 – Break


10:55 - 11:45    Advocating For Your Non-citizen Clients at Sentencing -  Attorney Gabriela Leija


11:45 - 12:45    Lunch


12:45 - 2:25     Aggressive Pretrial Motion Practice in High Profile Cases (Or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Campus Rapists But Were Afraid to Ask)" – Attorney Jessa Nicholson Goetz & Attorney Chris Van Wagner 


2:25-– 2:40      Break


2:40 - 3:30      Why is My Client Special?  Effective Sentencing Strategies - Attorney Brett Kaehne


3:55 - 4:45     Jury Pardons - How to Effectively Ask for Jury Nullification  - Attorney Denis deVlaming


5:30               President’s Reception


6:30               Dinner and Awards


8:00 to ??        Karaoke and More, with DJ Chris Van Waggoner


Friday, April 26, 2019


8:30 - 9:00         Registration and Welcome


9:00 - 10:40       Brady - What You Should Be Getting, and How To Get It – Attorney Denis deVlaming


10:40 - 11:30    Client Surprises – Know the Ethics Rules and Be Prepared – Attorney Henry “Hank” Schultz


11:30  - 12:20   Bail Wars – The Return of Pretrial Release. Jedi Mindtricks to Gain Your Client’s Release – Attorney Nicholas Gansner


12:20 - 1:15     Lunch, with presentation by Justice Louis Butler


1:15 - 2:05      Holding the Prosecutor's Feet to the Fire.  What to do When the Prosecutor Violates the Rules – Attorney Melissa Barrette


2:05 - 2:55      Putting Theory into Practice: Cross-Examining the State's Blood Analyst Into a Not      Guilty Verdict  - Attorney Dennis Melowski


2:55 - 3:10      Break


 3:10 - 4:00     Sad But True: Confirmation Bias, Metallica, and Murder– Attorney Cole Daniel Ruby  and Attorney Andrew Martinez


4:00 – 4:50       Defending Juveniles in Adult Court - Little Used Defenses You Should be Using – Attorney Nicole Muller




Registering at the WACDL website is quick, easy, convenient, modern, and secure. And it saves us money and time.


Tuition includes lunch both days and the Thursday night reception and dinner.

Both Days:          WACDL Members:   $260.00 _______ Non-Members: $340.00 _______

Thursday only:    WACDL Members: $140.00________ Non-Members: $180.00 _______

Friday only:         WACDL Members: $140.00________ Non-Members: $180.00 _______

Not a WACDL member?     Full Seminar and membership for $350.00, a savings of $ 90.00:___________

New Lawyers (less than 3 years): Seminar and new membership for $280.00, a savings of $90.00: _________

Dinner Guest: $30.00 _________

Name: _____________________________________ Firm: ___________________________________

State Bar No. _________________

Email: ____________________________________________

Street: ____________________________________ City________________ State: ____ Zip _________

Tuition enclosed: $ ______________

Vegetarian _______

Complete registration form and return to WACDL, PO Box 6706, Monona, WI 53716, with tuition, or fax to 608-223-1275 and bring tuition payment to seminar.

Refunds: We understand courts can be arbitrary when scheduling. If you need to cancel your registration, your tuition will be refunded if you notify us more than 24 hours prior to the event.

Note: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Chula Vista Resort. This block of rooms expires April 7, 2019. To reserve a room call 866-348-8996 and refer to Booking ID # G60169.



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