Event Calendar

Friday, October 27, 2017

KACDL Annual Conference and Criminal Defense Seminar

Start Date: 10/27/2017 8:30 AM EDT
End Date: 10/27/2017 4:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Galt House East Suite Tower

140 N Fourth St
Carroll Ford, 2nd Floor
Louisville, KY  United States  40202

Organization Name: KACDL

Donna Brown
Email: director@kacdl.net
Phone: 502-594-1375




8:30 – 9:00 am       
Registration and Check In. Breakfast Pastries and Coffee will be served. 

8:50 – 9:00  am
Welcome/Opening Remarks 
Hon. Amy Hannah, KACDL President

Amy Hannah is currently the Assistant Director of Training, Performance Evaluation and Special Litigation.  She has been with the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office since June of 2004.  Ms. Hannah has practiced in both the Adult Trial Division and the Capital Trial Division where she successfully represented clients facing the death penalty.  In 2009, Ms. Hannah was awarded the KACDL Clarence Darrow Prodigy Award. You may reach her at  aihannah@metrodefender.org or president@kacdl.net


9:00 – 10:15  am
Case Decisions and Recent Developments in the Appellate Courts
Justice Daniel J. Venters,  Kentucky Supreme Court, 2016 KACDL Fair Administration of Justice Award Recipient


Justice Daniel J. Venters was appointed to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in August 2008 by Gov. Steve Beshear. He was subsequently elected to that office for the term that ends December 31, 2018, serving the 3rd Supreme Court District, which is comprised of 27 counties across Southern and South central Kentucky. Justice Venters came to the Supreme Court with more than 24 years of judicial experience. He served as a District Court Judge for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties from 1979 to 1984, and as a Circuit Court Judge for Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties from 1984 to 2003. In 2003, he retired from the trial court bench and returned to private law practice in his hometown of Somerset, where he practiced until his appointment to the Supreme Court. Prior to his judicial career, Justice Venters also served for four years as an assistant commonwealth's attorney. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. Justice Venters has served as a member of Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners and the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors, and as president of the Pulaski County Bar Association. Justice Venters earned his juris doctorate from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law, graduating in 1975. He received his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in 1972.


10:15 – 10:30  am
Scheduled Break


10:30-12:00  pm
Immigration and Naturalization is a specialty practice outside of the expertise of most criminal defense lawyers.  However, a working knowledge of the collateral consequences that may impact our clients is an essential element of effective representation.  The panel members will provide us with recent post-Padilla case decisions and guidance in representing those clients with exceptional risks to their liberty interests because they are not U.S. citizens.

Panel Members: 
Immigration Attorneys Hon.Daniel Alverez, Hon.Rachel Carmona, Hon.Duffy Trager, and Hon.Emily Farrar Crockett

Daniel Alverez
Graduated from the University of Louisville in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Received J.D. from Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2000.  After law school, I began my legal career at the Jefferson County Public Defender Office.  There, I honed my skills defending the accused.  I also gained an appreciation for the value in treating everyone with respect and compassion, regardless of their circumstances. In 2003, I began my own practice. I focused on helping those facing criminal charges, individuals injured in accidents and those with immigration matters. In 2007, I was awarded the Louisville Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Award, dedicated to noted Louisville trial attorney Frank E. Haddad, Jr. and given in recognition to one who has “…garnered the respect and admiration of both the judiciary and their colleagues.”  In 2013, 2014 and 2016, I received the Top Lawyers Award in the field of Immigration by my peers through the Louisville Magazine. In 2015, when running for Jefferson District Court, I received the coveted endorsement by Citizens for Better Judges who stated that I met the “high standards and demanding criteria established for endorsement by Citizens for Better Judges and he is recommended to the electorate as the most qualified in the district court judicial race.

Rachel Carmona is a criminal defense and immigration attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. She practices criminal defense primarily in Jefferson County and in federal court. She is still a public defender at heart, and is a member of the Louisville Metro Public Defender Assigned Counsel Panel. She practices immigration law before the Immigration Court in Louisville, travelling often to Chicago to defend immigrants who are incarcerated. She also litigates before the Board of Immigration Appeals. She has worked extensively in matters involving the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Mrs. Carmona is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as a liaison to AILA national and represents the MidSouth chapter regarding matters related to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She earned her J.D. in 2010 from University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She is admitted to the Kentucky bar, the United States District Court in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals.

Duffy B. Trager is an immigration attorney with the Russell Immigration Law Firm in Louisville, Kentucky. He represents detained and non-detained clients before the Immigration Courts, USCIS, ICE, and various U.S. consulates abroad in a wide variety of immigration cases including asylum, cancellation of removal, naturalization, adjustment of status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status as well as immigrant and non-immigrant visas. As Pro Bono Committee Chair and Liaison with the American Immigration Lawyers Association he has organized various initiatives to pair pro bono attorneys with non-citizens and mentor attorneys. Prior to focusing on immigration law, Duffy practiced criminal defense as a Louisville Metro Public Defender where he received the Walker Award. He represented individuals charged with a broad range of felonies and misdemeanors, including homicides.

Emily Farrar-Crockett practices in the areas of Criminal Defense and Immigration Law.  Mrs. Farrar-Crockett graduated from Tulane Law School in 2001. Mrs. Farrar-Crockett began her career at the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office in 2001 where she practiced until 2013.  She was a trial attorney in the Adult, Mental Health, and Juvenile Divisions.  She has represented numerous clients in felony, misdemeanor, civil commitment, and civil contempt cases.  She has received Walker Awards for Excellence in Advocacy and Toddler Awards for successful felony acquittals in juvenile court. She has also been an associate member of the Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court, a participant in the 2007 Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy, and involved in community outreach programs.  Mrs. Farrar-Crockett was also the recipient of the 2008 KACDL Juvenile Justice Award and the 2009 DPA In RE Gault Award for courageous representation of juvenile defendants. Since 2014 Mrs. Farrar-Crockett has focused her practice in Immigration and Nationality Law. As part of her immigration practice, she represents clients in removal hearings before the Immigration courts throughout the United States.


12:15 – 1:30     
31st Annual Luncheon and Awards Presentation

We invite you to join us in honoring KACDL’s 2017 Award Recipients at The Galt House Hotel. The Awards Luncheon will take place in the Rivue Restaurant on the 25th  floor of the Rivue Tower (Galt House West). Unless noted, luncheon is included with your registration. Awards Luncheon Only $35


Extraordinary Events – Extraordinary Writs and Federal and State Court Remedies: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law professors will give us a historical perspective on Sedition Laws and times in the past when the Writ of Habeas Corpus was suspended.  Government surveillance from the era of FBI Director Hoover to Edward Snowden will be discussed.  Bill Sharp, Legal Director for the ACLU of Kentucky, and David Niehaus of Louisville, KY will join the panel to address the remedies available in both federal and state forums when the Government attempts to eviscerate the most fundamental constitutional rights of our clients.

Part 1:
Professor Luke Milligan, Professor Samuel Marcosson, and Kurt Metzmeier
,University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law

Luke Milligan is a Professor of Law at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.  Before joining the faculty, he practiced as a criminal defense lawyer with the Washington, D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly.  He served as law clerk to Judge Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  He's a graduate of Emory Law School and Miami of Ohio. Professor Milligan writes and lectures on criminal law, criminal procedure, and jurisprudence. He's currently working on a libertarian framework to regulate searches and seizures, rooted in the original meaning of the Fourth Amendment’s right “to be secure.” His articles have been published in the Boston University Law Review, Cato Supreme Court Review, Emory Law Journal, Hastings Law Journal, and Washington & Lee Law Review, among others. Professor Milligan has held visiting positions at Emory University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), the University of Mainz (Germany), and the University of Turku (Finland). He’s been named Professor of the Year and winner of the Jonathan Helfat prize for legal scholarship. Professor Milligan is faculty advisor to the Federalist Society. 

Sam Marcosson is a Professor at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.  Professor Marcosson did his undergraduate work at Bradley University, where he earned a B.S. in Political Science, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1986.  In 2009, he received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.  He teaches courses in constitutional law, criminal law, and civil rights.  He is the author of numerous articles, and a book, Original Sin: Clarence Thomas and the Failure of the Constitutional Conservatives, published in 2002 by the New York University Press.

Kurt X. Metzmeier is the associate law librarian at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law and is the author of Writing the Legal Record: Law Reporters in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky (University Press of Kentucky, 2016). He has a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Louisville, an M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.He has been a member of the Kentucky Bar since 1995. Prior to that, he was Computer Systems Librarian at University of Kentucky College of Law Library in 1995 and served from 1998 to 2000 as IT manager for the University of Kentucky College of Law. Prior to entering law school, he held positions as research historian at the Portland (Ky.) Historical Museum, and as project archivist at the Jefferson County (Ky.) Office of Historic Preservation and Archives.
He has published widely in library, legal, bar, and historical journals, and is a co-author of Kentucky Legal Research, 2d (Carolina Academic Press, 2017), the managing editor and principal author of the Kentucky Legal Research Manual, 4th (Lexington, UK/CLE, 2016), and co-author of United at Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky's Courts (Frankfort, Ky.: Court of Justice, 2006).


Part 2:
ACLU of Kentucky Legal Director William Sharp and David Niehaus of Louisville, KY

William E. Sharp is the Legal Director for the ACLU of Kentucky, the state affiliate of the national civil rights organization dedicated to the defense and advancement of individuals’ civil liberties. In the 10 years since joining the ACLU of Kentucky, Mr. Sharp’s practice has included defending Kentuckians’ civil liberties in a variety of contexts in both state and federal courts, with a particular emphasis on federal civil rights litigation brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983. Litigated cases have focused on such issues as religious freedom, voting rights, equal protection, free speech, and due process. Prior to joining the ACLU of Kentucky in 2007, Mr. Sharp practiced law as a public defender for seven years - six with the Louisville Metro Defender's office and one with the Dept. of Public Advocacy.  During that time, he represented adult indigent clients accused of crimes at the trial level, and he served in a supervisory capacity overseeing junior attorneys. He also served as the Directing Attorney of DPA’s Elizabethtown office where, in addition to representing clients, he managed that office’s day-to-day operations.

****Please note, speaker change******

David Niehaus received his B. A. and J. D. degrees from the University of Louisville. Upon admission to the Bar, he practiced with the firm Raine, Raine and Highfield, handling insurance defense and policy coverage matters. In 1983 he joined the Office of the Public Defender in Louisville where he stayed until retirement in 2015. His primary duty was prosecution and defense of appeals, although he handled a variety of actions for that office. Currently he consults with attorneys on legal questions, drafting motions and responses with an emphasis on suppression and DUI cases. He is admitted to practice in Kentucky, the Western District, the 6th Circuit, and the U. S. Supreme Court. Memberships include the Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations, KACDL, and the American Society for Legal History.

4:00 pm              
Hon. David Ward, KACDL President-Elect

David Ward was born in 1966 in Ashland, Kentucky, David attended the University of Kentucky where he earned his BHS, with distinction. Upon graduation from U.K. he attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his MHA before graduating from the Ohio State University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate. It was at Ohio State where he earned awards for his legal writing and litigation skills and studied under some of the prominent law professors in the country. A lifelong Wildcat fan, David returned to his native Kentucky after serving on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he continues to serve today as a Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate for the 63rd Regional Support Command in Mountain View, California. Twice he has been recalled to active duty serving 14 months with the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) in Iraq with additional duties in Kuwait and Turkey, and 12 months as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Drum, New York. After a grounding in Kentucky criminal law as a Public Advocate, David joined White, McCann & Stewart, PLLC, Winchester, Kentucky’s oldest law firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2005. He serves on the board of Clark County Community Services and is a past President the President of the Clark County Bar Association. He is currently President Elect and a Board Member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Registration Fees: Early Bird Discount only applies to members. Register 5 or more and automatically receive $10 off each registration.
Luncheon included with registration.
  Private Defense Attorney Member Private Defense Attorney Non Member Public Defense Attorney Member Public Defense Attorney Non member Private or Public Defense Associate Member Law Student Member Life or Sustaining Member Immigration Organization Employee Awards Luncheon Only
Regular  $200 $250 $125 $150 $100 $35 $125 $125 $35
Early Bird by 10/1/17 $180 $250 $115 $150 $75 $35 $100 N/A $35
Late after 10/20/17 $220 $275 $135 $175 $110 N/A $125 $125 $40

Hotel Accommodations: KACDL has a block of rooms reserved for the nights of October 26 & 27 at the Galt House, 140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY at a rate of $118.  The deadline to receive the discounted rate is October 13,2017. To reserve a room, call 1-800-THE-GALT or reserve directly online at https://aws.passkey.com/e/49168323

Handouts: All handout materials are digital form and are provided via a flash drive day of event. Bound paper copy may be pre-purchased for an additional cost of $25. Limited supply, must receive payment and order by 10/1/2017.

CLE: KBA approval is pending for 5.0 hours of CLE credit

Conference Brochure: Download here

Online Registration:
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Mail in Registration: Please download the conference brochure and mail the registration form along with check made payable to KACDL to Attn: KACDL Annual Conference, Po Box 326, Hebron, KY 41048 by October 20, 2017. 

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be received by KACDL 72 hours in advance to receive credit  or full refund. Substitutions are allowed.


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Registration is Closed
Closed: 10/23/2017 11:45 PM

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