The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) just completed its 3 day summer session, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the facilities of Harvard Law School. The College’s mission is to educate lawyers to become more proficient in defense of persons accused of drunk driving. The College’s motto is “Justice Through Knowledge.” The session was attended by some of the most skilled lawyers in the country, and featured presentations and workshops of the highest quality. The session exemplified what is best about the legal profession.
The session featured presentations by Robert Hirschhorn on jury selection, Leonard Stamm and Peter Gerstenzang on the Top 20 Guidelines for Bench Trials, Mimi Coffey on trial strategy and breath testing, Gary Trichter on the Bill of Rights, Erin Gerstenzang on Ethics, Tyrone Moncrief on the Art of Persuasion and Closing Argument, John Webb and Felipe Plascencia on closing argument, Dr. Sunwolf on Innovations in Jury Selection: Harvesting Skewed Venires; Juiced Jurors; Mental Blind Spots and Perfecting a Challenge for Cause, Michael Hawkins on Cross-Examination – A Performance, Justin McShane on Basic Gas Chromatography for Blood Alcohol Content, and Stephen Jones on The Real Field Sobriety Tests. Workshops were conducted on jury selection and closing arguments. The keynote address was delivered by the Honorable Joseph Johnson.
The session was conducted under the auspices of Dean George Stein who turned the reins over to Troy McKinney, the incoming dean, at the culmination of the session. The current slate of officers includes Peter Gerstenzang, Assistant Dean, Stephen Jones, Secretary, and Leonard R. Stamm, Treasurer.
Over 160 lawyers were in attendance including Regents not mentioned above James Nesci, Bill Kirk, Don Ramsell, Virginia Landry, Andrew Mishlove, Paul Burglin and Doug Murphy and Fellows James Campbell, F.K. Whited, Les Hulnick, Tommy Kirk, Phil Price, George Bianchi, Doug Cowan and Steven Oberman.