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The Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association strives to serve the needs of criminal defense attorneys throughout Nebraska by conducting numerous seminars, publishing a newsletter and maintaining a brief bank.

Criminal defense attorneys often find themselves beleaguered from all sides. It is important that they maintain mutual support and that they be as knowledgeable as possible about the issues they confront.

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OCTOBER 10, 2014 SEMINAR

September 11, 2014

Just a Quick Reminder to all of our members that the Fall NCDAA seminar will be held at the La Vista Embassy Suites in conjunction with the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) Annual Meeting. The conference will be held Friday, October 10, 2014, and contain a total of 4 ethics credits. The morning session is entitled, Implicit Bias: The Neuroscience and Empirical Psychology of Decision-Making. It qualifies for 3 ethics credits and is jointly sponsored by NCDAA and the Minority Justice Committee of NSBA. The speaker, Kimberly Papillon, is an attorney and a Senior Education Specialist at the California Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts. She will discuss brain scan research on decision making and how it can help practitioners more effectively and fairly present their cases.

The afternoon session, Framing the Issues, will begin with an update by the Council for State Government (CSG) Judicial Reinvestment Committee’s data-driven approach to reducing corrections spending and reinvesting savings in strategies that decrease recidivism, but increase public safety. They are also hoping to hear our membership’s unique perspective on these issues. Then, Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy Attorney, Jeff Pickens, will present Common and Commonly Misunderstood Evidence Rules in Criminal Cases. NCDAA Past President, Denise Frost, and former Douglas County Attorney, Stephanie Shearer, will be presenting 1 more ethics hour* on Pretrial Disclosure of Exculpatory Evidence: Enforcing the Ethics of Turning it Over, discussing prosecutorial misconduct /obligations for disclosure.

Printed registration forms and more information about the facility logistics can be found in the NSBA Annual meeting schedule that was mailed August 21, 2014. A PDF of the booklet is also available on the NSBA website: http://www.nebar.com/event/NSBAAnnualMeeting_14#. Or, you can register online through the NSBA website (www.nebar.com), regardless of your dues paying status. PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION IS ONLY THROUGH THE NSBA, NOT THE NCDAA. You can register for the whole day ($160) or just the morning ($80) / afternoon session ($80), but, each session will be open to both NSBA and NCDAA members, so be sure to register ASAP to reserve your spot!

Also, we are in the process of scheduling upcoming seminars, so please email your suggestions for March, June, and October of 2015 to: snewell@ncpa.ne.gov. We are considering presentations on topics such as Drug Recognition Experts, Postconviction/Habeas Corpus, Child Abuse Defense / Deharmonizing Project Harmony, Cell Phone Tower Technology, Defending a Homicide Case, Expert Witnesses, and Criminal Law Basics. If any of these potential topics stand out as something you want to learn more about, or you have suggestions of your own, please let us know. Also, if you are interested in being on the Seminar Committee for next year, we’re always looking for a fresh set of eyes.

We look forward to seeing you October 10th in La Vista!

* We have verified with MCLE that Denise Frost’s afternoon talk also qualifies for 1 additional ethics credit even though the annual meeting schedule doesn’t reflect it.

OCTOBER 10, 2014 SEMINAR

September 11, 2014

Just a Quick Reminder to all of our members that the Fall NCDAA seminar will be held at the La Vista Embassy Suites in conjunction with the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) Annual Meeting. The conference will be held Friday, October 10, 2014, and contain a total of 4 ethics credits. The morning session is entitled, Implicit Bias: The Neuroscience and Empirical Psychology of Decision-Making. It qualifies for 3 ethics credits and is jointly sponsored by NCDAA and the Minority Justice Committee of NSBA. The speaker, Kimberly Papillon, is an attorney and a Senior Education Specialist at the California Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts. She will discuss brain scan research on decision making and how it can help practitioners more effectively and fairly present their cases.

The afternoon session, Framing the Issues, will begin with an update by the Council for State Government (CSG) Judicial Reinvestment Committee’s data-driven approach to reducing corrections spending and reinvesting savings in strategies that decrease recidivism, but increase public safety. They are also hoping to hear our membership’s unique perspective on these issues. Then, Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy Attorney, Jeff Pickens, will present Common and Commonly Misunderstood Evidence Rules in Criminal Cases. NCDAA Past President, Denise Frost, and former Douglas County Attorney, Stephanie Shearer, will be presenting 1 more ethics hour* on Pretrial Disclosure of Exculpatory Evidence: Enforcing the Ethics of Turning it Over, discussing prosecutorial misconduct /obligations for disclosure.

Printed registration forms and more information about the facility logistics can be found in the NSBA Annual meeting schedule that was mailed August 21, 2014. A PDF of the booklet is also available on the NSBA website: http://www.nebar.com/event/NSBAAnnualMeeting_14#. Or, you can register online through the NSBA website (www.nebar.com), regardless of your dues paying status. PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION IS ONLY THROUGH THE NSBA, NOT THE NCDAA. You can register for the whole day ($160) or just the morning ($80) / afternoon session ($80), but, each session will be open to both NSBA and NCDAA members, so be sure to register ASAP to reserve your spot!

Also, we are in the process of scheduling upcoming seminars, so please email your suggestions for March, June, and October of 2015 to: snewell@ncpa.ne.gov. We are considering presentations on topics such as Drug Recognition Experts, Postconviction/Habeas Corpus, Child Abuse Defense / Deharmonizing Project Harmony, Cell Phone Tower Technology, Defending a Homicide Case, Expert Witnesses, and Criminal Law Basics. If any of these potential topics stand out as something you want to learn more about, or you have suggestions of your own, please let us know. Also, if you are interested in being on the Seminar Committee for next year, we’re always looking for a fresh set of eyes.

We look forward to seeing you October 10th in La Vista!

* We have verified with MCLE that Denise Frost’s afternoon talk also qualifies for 1 additional ethics credit even though the annual meeting schedule doesn’t reflect it.

Today’s NE Supreme Court Opinions

August 29, 2014

Be sure to check out the opinions released today by the Nebraska Supreme Court. Today’s criminal case opinion is State v. Rodriguez, 288 Neb. 878 (2014).

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