This week is the National College for DUI Defense‘s summer session in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We stay at the Charles Hotel and have three days of lectures and break out sessions at Harvard Law School. (We are not affiliated with Harvard Law School but we rent some of their classrooms which are perfectly situated for our program).
This year we have some excellent speakers and break outs. Yesterday we had lectures titled First Person Opening by Francisco Duarte, opening statement demonstrations by Virginia L. Landry and Andrew Mishlove, Uncertainty & Science by Ted Vosk, Accident Reconstruction/Reaction Time by Steve Rickard, and Your Expert: How to Direct and Protect by Evan M. Levow & Thomas E. Workman, Jr. We also had Opening Statement break outs where students were able to practice opening statements in a small class setting at get critiqued by instructors while being videotaped. I am one of the instructors.
Today we will have Cross Examination Techniques by Roger Dodd. Roger Dodd wrote the book on cross-examination and he was a featured speaker in Maryland at the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association program titled the 8th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar in 2010. Today we will also have demonstrations of direct questioning by William K. Kirk, cross-examination by Michael M. Hawkinsand Donald J. Ramsell, Jury Selection by Doug Murphy. We will also have cross-examination break outs.
On Saturday we will have DWI: Defending with Integrity, Ethics In Your Practice, by Kenneth W. Fornabai, Closing Arguments by John T. Kirk, and then I will give a demonstration of a closing argument. I will also show the students how I prepare my closing and explain why I do it the way I do it. We end the summer session with a speech by the Dean of the College, George Bianchi and a keynote speech by renowned defense attorney F. Lee Bailey. Then we hold a graduation ceremony.
The National College for DUI Defense has as it’s motto “Justice Through Knowledge.” We aim to teach lawyers from all over the country to be the best possible lawyers that they can be through programs such as the summer session. I am proud be a sustaining member of this wonderful organization, and to have been on the Board of Regents since 2005.