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2023 Saturday Ethics Seminar & Bonus Friday Free CLEs

08 to 09 Dec

2023 Saturday Ethics Seminar & Bonus Friday Free CLEs

December 08, 2023 to December 09, 2023



WACDL is aware that there have been a variety of issues people have encountered while attempting to sign up for our Friday and Saturday (12/8 & 12/9) seminars. WACDL's website development team is working diligently to fix those issues as they arise and we appreciate people reaching out to the Executive Directors when they hit problems. (Director@Wacdl.com(link sends e-mail)) If you face problems, please reach out to the Executive Directors who can process your registration manually and/or set up your registration so you can pay by check or by cash at the seminar. We look forward to a much needed redevelopment of the WACDL website in the coming year!



Friday Afternoon - Free NACDL/Vital Strategies Substance Use Seminar (Agenda below; Register below)

Friday Evening - WACDL's Annual Holiday Get-together at Merchant Madison (121 S. Pinckney St.) (No registration required)

Saturday Morning - WACDL's Annual Ethics Seminar (Register below)

Saturday Afternoon - WACDL Board Meeting (Open to all members)


WACDL is pleased to once again present its Annual Saturday Morning Ethics Seminar designed specifically for criminal defense lawyers and offering 3 ETHICS CREDITS. So much of the value of these programs comes from others who practice criminal defense and are in the room with you, asking questions and offering insights into difficult ethical issues. This year's ethics seminar will include a great amount of opportunity to hear just that. Traditionally, WACDL announces the recipient of the David Niblack Award at this seminar. The purpose of this award is to recognize the contributions of an attorney to the effective defense of the indigent, either cumulative career contributions or outstanding accomplishments. Please join us in person to honor the recipient of this award and give your congratulations.


In addition to the Annual Ethics Seminar, we are pleased to announce that NACDL and Vital Strategies are coming to Madison to present a FREE program on Substance Use, Clients and Cases: Building Bridges & Breaking Barriers on the Friday afternoon before the Saturday Ethics program. An ADDITIONAL 3 CREDITS WILL BE APPLIED FOR.


We hope that you take advantage of this unique, free CLE opportunity that Vital Strategies and NACDL are bringing to Madison!


And last but certainly not least, WACDL will be hosting its second-annual FRIDAY NIGHT get together in downtown Madison, so please plan to arrive Friday to join your defense bar colleagues the night before the seminar. The best tellings of our trial war stories happen after dark. (Time: 5PM to 7PM+  at MERCHANT, 121 S. Pinckney Street, Madison) Last year's kickoff holiday pre-ethics celebration was a big success with great attendance, don't miss out!



The Madison Hilton Monona Terrace, 9 E. Wilson Street, Madison WI

Guests can book online through this link or can call Hilton reservations at 800-445-8667 or call the hotel directly at 608-255-5100 and reference the group code: 907


Note - All indications regarding CLE credits are credits WACDL is applying for; approved credits subject to bar approval.

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