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MACDL Fall 2018 Sex Crimes Seminar

  • October 18, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101
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Defending Sex Crimes in the Age of #MeToo

The Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers invites members of the criminal defense bar to:

Earn 6 CLE credits, approved by both the Board of Bar Overseers and the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, from renowned local and national speakers on a variety of sex crime-related topics, including trial preparation, human traffickingchild sex abusepolygraph useinvestigations, client-centered practice and how the #MeToo movement is transforming the defense of people charged with sex crimes.

Presenters include: Drew Findling, renowned Atlanta criminal defense attorney and President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Donna Brown and Robin Melone, former New Hampshire public defenders with decades of trial experience between them; Stephen J. Schwartz, MACDL's first president and Portland criminal defense and civil attorney; Jeremy Pratt, a criminal defense and appellate attorney from Camden; Steve Smith, Augusta criminal defense attorney who has focused on sex crimes for his career; Sarah Branch, a Portland-based criminal defense attorney who specializes in representing vulnerable people; Bre Kidman, a Portland-based criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in sex trafficking and sex work policy; and Daniella Cameron, Senior Director of Preble Street Teen and Anti-Trafficking Services.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 (during Administrative Week)

Portland Public Library

Rines Auditorium

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MACDL Members: $150 (10+ years); $125 (6-10 years); $100 (2-6 years); $50 (0-2 years).

Non-MACDL Members: $200*

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 #MeToo Professional Challenges Before Trial, During Trial, and Beyond

Drew Findling, Esq.

 9:45 Break

10:00 Winning Themes and Strategies for Sexual Assault Trials in the Age of #MeToo

Donna J. Brown, Esq. and Robin Melone, Esq.

11:15 Polygraph as a Sword: Strategies for Winning Sex Cases

Stephen J. Schwartz, Esq. and Jeremy Pratt, Esq., and Mark Teceno

12:15 Lunch on the town

1:30 Cross Examining the Child Witness

Steve C. Smith, Esq.

2:45 Break

3:00 Sex Trafficking Panel Discussion: Representing Clients Successfully

Sarah E. Branch, Esq., Bre Kidman, Esq., and Daniella Cameron

4:00 Immigration Consequences of Sex Crime Convictions

Barbara Taylor, Esq.

 4:30 Adjourn for the Day

For more information, including questions on financial assistance, contact Tina H. Nadeau, MACDL Executive Director, at

*If you are not a MACDL member but would like to join: (a) click "join us" and register as a MACDL member--your membership will be good from the day you join us until January 1, 2020! and (b) register for the sex crimes seminar at the appropriate level for a MACDL member.

**Please note: CLE credits will not be reported to the Board of Bar Overseers until an individual attendee has paid his/her/their seminar fee in full.


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