A Buddhist proverb says, "When the student is ready, the master appears." For three days last week, D.U.I. lawyers from across the state, and across the country, convened in Columbus for 'The Premier Ohio D.U.I. Defense Seminar' sponsored by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL). The students were ready, and the masters appeared.
Continuing education for lawyers is crucial. Law school is not the end of our education; it's only the beginning. The law is constantly changing. Our understanding of science continually develops. There are never-ending improvements of lawyering techniques. There is a lot to learn.
One great way to learn is to find out what other lawyers are doing throughout the state and throughout the nation. One of the best educational sources for D.U.I. lawyers is the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). NCDD members are required to regularly attend NCDD-approved seminars, and the Ohio DUI Defense Seminar is one of the few seminars in the country that qualifies as an NCDD-approved seminar. This year's seminar featured several outstanding presentations on Thursday and Friday, as well as a "Trial Skills Academy" on Saturday.