Z is for Zealous 2018

January 27, 2018

World Trade Center, Portland

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Members, download written material here (contact OCDLA for password).

Nonmembers, download written material here (contact OCDLA for password).


* * * MEMBERS,

Early Bird Registration — Until January 17
Members — $95
  |   Nonmembers $145   |   Students — $25

Registration after January 17
Members — $110   |   Nonmembers $160   |   Students — $40

Who may attend?
This program is open to defense lawyers and those professionals and law students directly involved in the defense function.

What’s included in the fee?
• Seminar admission
• Written material in advance
• OCDLA members will receive a FREE Trial Notebook PDF ($175 value) with their materials (read more about the Trial Notebook below).
FREE 2017 Sentencing Guidelines Grid ($25 value)
• CLE credit
• Continental breakfast on Saturday
• Lunch on Saturday
• Refreshments during breaks

Financial assistance?
Contact OCDLA by January 17 about scholarships, payment plans or creative payment arrangements.

Seminar cancellations made before Jan 19 (date material is emailed) will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee.
After January 19 there are no refunds.

No-show Policy
Written materials are sent in advance to all participants. We will send MP3 recordings to OCDLA members only; nonmembers who do not attend are ineligible to receive the audio recordings or a refund.


CLE Credit
Pending approval in Oregon, Washington, California. Call regarding other states for approximately 5.5 credits, including 1 ethics.

What’s this about a FREE Trial Notebook PDF   
It’s true, and it’s a SPECIAL DEAL for OCDLA members only. Members will get a free Trial Notebook PDF with their Z is for Zealous seminar written materials.

Edited by Robert S. Raschio, the Trial Notebook will help you HONE YOUR SKILLS. And combined with the EXPERTISE of our Z is for Zealous speakers you’ll soon RULE THE COURTROOM.

The chapter on electronic evidence unravels the admissibility of email, text messages and social network data. Need to know how to subpoena an out-of-state witness? It’s in there. Want to blast the DDAs on prosecutorial vouching case law? You got it. Want the best damn discovery checklist and rundown of digital discovery basics at your fingertips? You’re covered.

The PDF contains hyperlinks to caselaw, relevant statutes, the rules of evidence, and more.

The Trial Notebook offers hundreds of cases, dozens of new motions, tons of resources, and will spark new, creative approaches to your case work no matter how long you’ve been in the game.

The Trial Notebook works in chronological order, from discovery to demurrers and motions, to preparation for and conducting the trial. It spans jury selection through possible post-trial motions. The Trial Notebook will become an indispensable tool in your arsenal.


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Members, download written material here (contact OCDLA for password).

Nonmembers, download written material here (contact OCDLA for password).

Program — Saturday, January 27
Moderated by Liz Wakefield, Metropolitan Public Defenders Office, Portland

8a  |  Registration/Continental Breakfast (included with registration)
8:30  |  What a New Lawyer Needs to Know: Lessons from the Public Defender
What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School
Chris O’Connor, Metropolitan Public Defenders Office, Portland

9:30  |  Preservation & Developing the Record for Appeal
Sarah Laidlaw, Office of Public Defense Services, Salem
10:15  |  Break/Door Prizes
10:30  |  Voir Dire
Stephanie Engelsman, Metropolitan Public Defenders Office, Portland
11:15  |  Cross-Examination
Ben Eder, Portland
12p  |  Lunch (included with registration) — Faculty available for questions, war stories & networking.
1  |  Motion Practice
Ryan Scott, Portland
1:45  |  Ethics
Lane Borg, Executive Director, Office of Public Defense Services, Salem
2:45 Break  |  Door Prizes
3  |  Sentencing & Mitigation
Lisa Ludwig, Portland

4  |  Storytelling & Closing Argument
Kasia Rutledge, Portland

4:30  |  Adjourn

What attendees are saying about last year’s seminar —

  • “Great, practical tips.”
  • “Engaging speaker and helpful hypothetical.”
  • “Opened my eyes to many different approaches to being a criminal defense attorney.”

Program and speakers subject to change.


The seminar will take place at the World Trade Center in Portland.
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