What happens in Vegas in the fall is the annual seminar “DWI Means Defend With Integrity”. The seminar is presented by the National College For DUI Defense <!–(NCDD)–> and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). The seminar is great because these two organizations are the best sources of continuing education seminars for D.U.I. lawyers and criminal defense attorneys. Having the seminar in Vegas also doesn’t hurt, as attendees can get an annual refresher on when to hit, stand, split and double- down.
Each year, I attend many seminars (and also speak at some), and the presentations at the Vegas seminar are consistently among the best. This year, top DUI attorneys spoke on topics such as “The Cure For Bad Breath” for breath testing, “Winning FST Cross” for field sobriety tests, and “Gas Chromatography” for blood tests and urine tests. As always, I received several useful tips for my practice, and this year I also learned not to go all-in on three-of-a-kind when there is a flush draw on the board.
Continuing education is critical for DUI attorneys, because the practice of law is constantly evolving. I attend more seminars than required because doing so really helps me keep up with changes in the law, strategies, and technology. At this seminar, I learned nearly as much from the informal idea exchange among the lawyers as I did from the formal presentations. I also was reminded that there are only five ways to roll a six or eight, but there are six ways to roll a seven.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always have to stay in Vegas. I’m ready to incorporate some key “take-aways” in my practice immediately. In addition to providing valuable strategies, the Vegas seminar also always refreshes my passion for my practice. Maybe I should go to Vegas more often….WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS…