Today I am attending the 19th Annual Mastering Science in a DUI/DWI case in New Orleans, Louisiana. The seminar is a gathering of eminent DUI attorneys from around the country and focuses on the latest techniques in using science to defend clients accused of impaired driving. The seminar was founded by William C. ―Bubba‖ Head, one of the deans of DWI defense law, in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1994. The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) have continued the tradition of excellence for which this seminar has become known. It has been, and remains, the premier DWI/DUI Scientific Evidence seminar in the country. The knowledge conveyed by the presentations and experiences of the experts and lawyers included in this program, most of whom are available throughout the seminar to answer questions and discuss issues, is essential to any lawyer practicing DWI/DUI defense anywhere in the United States. Included in the program are longer presentations, which allow the speakers to impart in depth knowledge—and not just hit the high points. The breath test machine breakout sessions provide lawyers throughout the country exposure to breath test machines and defense issues relevant to their jurisdictions. All the major machines are expected to be at the seminar for attendees to examine.
The culmination of the program is a mock jury trial, defended by an NCDD Regent or Fellow, taken from a real-life case scenario that was tried in front of a real-life jury. The mock jury is always told that the case they are hearing is a real case and that their verdict will be a real verdict. The mock trial will be a blood or breathe test case chosen because of its similarity to many of the blood and breath test cases routinely handled in the courts in this country. The
approach to the defense of this case will be usable across a wide spectrum of DWI blood and breath test cases as it will involve forensic issues common to most types of scientific evidence. The case problem will be chosen and designed to be similar to the dayin and day-out blood and breath tests cases seen by most DWI
practitioners. The jury deliberations will be simulcast into the seminar room.
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