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Winter Conference 2021 • Reborn from the Ashes!

Dec 3–4, 2021

The Benson Hotel, Portland

Winter Conference 2021 • Reborn from the Ashes!

Dec 3–4, 2021

The Benson Hotel, Portland
2021 Winter Conference:
Reborn from the Ashes!

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Welcome Back! After 20 months of webinars, we are thrilled to announce our first Oregon-held, in-person conference since March 2020 — OCDLA’s traditional Winter Conference at the Benson Hotel in Portland returns December 3–4!

You’ll find all the exciting program & lodging details under the Agenda & Venue tabs at left.

But that’s not all! OCDLA is excited to announce the return of the Gala Dinner & Banquet the evening of Friday, December 3, including the presentation of the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, the award goes to Keith Rogers, longtime director of Multnomah Defenders, Inc. Congratulations, Keith! Additional announcements about this inspiring, one-of-a-kind event will be included here and in your member email listserve.

Covid-19 Safety Measures
On November 4, 2021, the OCDLA Board of Directors met to discuss results of the member survey regarding Covid-19 protocols for this event. Based on the results, the board decided that attendees must show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or results of a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event. All attendees must be masked in accordance with state and hotel policies, unless actively drinking or eating.

Streaming Option

We are making this event a hybrid, and offering the option to stream the conference. The cost is the same as attending live, and we are extending Earlybird Registration pricing for all tickets. The streaming option is for members only, and registration will be cut off at 12 p.m. December 2. After that, attendance will be in person with registration at the door. The program is being recorded and will be available for purchase after the conference. 

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Early Bird Registration Extended!
Lawyers $290   |   Nonlawyers $210

Lawyers $355   |   Nonlawyers $270

Students — $25
Judges — $290

Streaming Registration
Members Only:
Lawyers $290   |   Nonlawyers $210
Students — $25

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 (Fri–Sat)
• Written material in advance via download link
• CLE credit
• Continental breakfast on Friday
• Lunch on Friday
• Hot breakfast on Saturday
• Refreshments during breaks


Financial assistance?
Members contact OCDLA by
November 23 about scholarships, payment plans or creative payment arrangements.

Seminar cancellations made before November 29
will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee. Seminar cancellations made after November 29once material download link has been emailed — will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation/written material fee.

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

CLE Credit
Credit will be applied for in Oregon for 1 abuse credit, 1 mental health/substance use credit, 1 ethics credit, and 5.5 general credits; appropriate credits will also be applied for in Washington. Oregon is an approved jurisdiction in California. For other state accreditation information, call OCDLA at 541-686-8716.



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CLE Program and Speakers

FRIDAY, December 3
Moderated by: Elizabeth Wakefield, Education Committee Chair, Metropolitan Public Defenders Parent Child Advocacy Division, Portland

8:00a     Check-in/Registration/Continental Breakfast (included)
9:00       Attorneys and Investigators: Working Toward a More Perfect Union
              James Comstock, Investigator, Portland
              Steve Wilson, Investigator, Portland
10:00     Break / Door Prizes
10:15     Appellate Update
             Rond Chananudech,  Senior Deputy Public Defender, Office of Public Defense Services, Salem
11:45     Lunch (included)
1:00      Remote Jury Selection
              Cort Heroy, Litigation Consultant, Eugene
              Grant Hartley, Metropolitan Public Defender, Portland
              Jessica Kampfe, Director, Multnomah Defenders, Inc., Portland
Lee Wachocki, Multnomah Defenders, Inc., Portland

2:00       Break/Door Prizes
2:15       Introducing: Stephen Singer, New Executive Director, Office of Public Defense Services
OCDLA welcomes Stephen Singer who takes the reins as new executive director for Oregon Public Defense Services (OPDS) on December 1. Mr. Singer, a recipient of numerous awards, has long engaged in the practice of public criminal defense, including some juvenile and appellate work, over the course of his career, led a complete overhaul and rebuild of the Orleans Public Defenders Office after Hurricane Katrina, served on the Louisiana Public Defender Board and been a trainer in trial advocacy for lawyers and law students.

2:45 Commutations, Conviction Integrity
              Aliza Kaplan, Director, Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland
              & special guests:
                  Sterling Cunio, Clemency Client Released from OSP After 27 Years
                  Natalie Hollabaugh, Equal Justice Works Attorney, Fellow, Criminal Justice Clinic, Lewis & Clark Law
                  Mark Cebert & Sara Long, Law Students, Clemency/SB 819 Project, Criminal Justice Clinic, Lewis & Clark Law

4:00       Adjourn for the day

6:00       Holiday Dinner & Ken Morrow Award
              Tribute and presentation to Keith Rogers plus a live auction!

Saturday, December 4
Moderated by: Lee Berger, Oregon CannaBusiness Compliance Counsel, Portland
7:30–8:30a     Hot Breakfast (included)
8:30       Child & Elder Abuse Reporting (Abuse Credit)
              Michael Rees, Metropolitan Public Defender, Portland
9:30       The New Deal:  Sentencing Arguments for Drug Dealing and Possession in Light of Hubbell
              Ryan Scott, Attorney, Portland
10:30     Break/Door Prizes
10:45     Mindfulness 101: Why and How to Get Started Mental Health/Substance Use Credit
              John Devlin, Attorney, Portland
11:45     Ethical Issues in Mental Health Cases Ethics Credit
              David Elkanich, Legal Ethics Attorney, Portland
              Allison Knight, Public Defender Services of Lane County, Eugene
12:30p   Adjourn

Note: Program times, topics and speakers subject to change.
Thanks to Elizabeth Wakefield and Shaun McCrea for organizing this program.


The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton
309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

For the latest guest experience such as social distancing in public spaces and changes to food and beverage, see more here and here.

Call 503-228-2000 /1-888-523-6766 and identify yourself as part of the 2021 Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA).

2021 Group Rates
$179 Deluxe Run of House

$189 Executive King
$219 Benson Junior Suite
$229 Executive Junior Suite
plus applicable taxes.

Amenities include (at no additional charge for OCDLA group): In-room complimentary Starbucks coffee/tea; in-house fitness center open 24/7; complimentary bottled water; in-room dining; in-room honor bar and much more.
Reservation cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to arrival; reservations canceled within 72 hours of arrival will be assessed one night room and tax.



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