Current Issues In Criminal Defense
NCDAA Spring Seminar
Friday, March 5, 2010
Holiday Inn Downtown, Lincoln
Moderated by Steve Dowding, Esq.
This program will address a range of issues that are of current interest to the criminal defense bar. They include a comprehensive presentation relating to the issues surrounding the new sex offender registration requirements, ethical issues raised by the new electronic communication methodologies, conflicts of interest and duties of confidentiality, setting aside convictions and appellate practice concerns for the trial lawyer.
This will be an all day program held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Lincoln.
NCDAA is an accredited sponsor for Nebraska Mandatory CLE. This program qualifies for 5 1/2 hours of CLE credit
and 2 1/4 hours of ethics credit.
The registration fee for the program is $160.00
for NCDAA members and judges and $220.00 for non-members.
The registration fee includes the lectures, the seminar manual, lunch and
Cancellations and Refunds: Refunds of tuition will only be made if
cancellations are received by Friday, February 26, 2010. Write, call,
fax, or email Helga L. Kirst, NCDAA Executive Director; P.O. Box 94973,
Lincoln, NE 68509; Phone: 402-476-1253; Fax: 402-435-8234;
. Course materials will be mailed to registrants
who do not cancel and do not attend.
The new sex offender registration requirements contained in LB 285 and LB97 passed in the last session of the Unicameral have raised many questions both from individuals affected and from attorneys. This program will attempt to deal with those questions. State Patrol attorney Shawn Edwards will discuss the issues raised by the new legislation and she will attempt to provide clarification and interpretation. Responding to her presentation will be Bob Creager of Lincoln who is immediate past presendent of NCDAA and Stu Dornan of Omaha who is a member of the NCDAA Board of Directors. Stu has recently filed a Constitutional challenge to the new legislation.
Professor Craig Dallon of Creighton University School of Law will address ethical issues arising as a result of conflicts of interest and duties of confidentiality. He teaches in the area of Professional Responsiblity and has been in private practice as well as teaching for over ten years.
NCDAA member Mark Porto of Grand Island will address some interesting issues related to setting aside convictions.
Jordan Adam of Grand Island, who is also an NCDAA member, will deal with the challenging issues raised by the new social networking tools widely used these days, especially the ethical issues.
NCDAA President Elect Mark Weber of Omaha will deal with issues relating
to appellate practice that the trial attorney must consider. Mark is a
very experienced criminal defense appellate attorney.
| 8:30 am || Registration and Distribution of Course Materials
| 8:55 am ||Introduction: Steve Dowding, Esq., Grand Island
| 9:00 am ||Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act: New Rules and Regulations|
Shawn Edwards, Esq., Lincoln
| 10:15 am ||Break
| 10:30 am ||New Sex Offender Registration Act: A Response|
Bob Creager, Esq., Lincoln and Stu Dornan, Esq., Omaha
| 11:15 am ||Social Networking: Ethics for Lawyers|
Jordan Adam, Esq., Grand Island
|12:00 pm ||Lunch
| 1:00 pm ||Setting Aside Convictions|
Mark Porto, Esq., Grand Island
| 1:30 pm ||Ethical Considerations Concerning Conflicts of Interest and Duties of
Confidentiality for Criminal Defense Counsel|
Professor Craig Dallon, Omaha
| 3:00 pm ||Break
| 3:15 pm ||Challenges for the Trial Practitioner – Appellate Practice|
Mark Weber, Esq., Omaha
| 4:00 pm ||Adjournment