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Friday, April 26, 2019

33rd Annual Conference and Criminal Defense Seminar

Start Date: 4/26/2019 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 4/26/2019 5:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: Fayette County Courthouse

120 N Limestone
Multipurpose Rm
Lexington, KY  United States  40507

Organization Name: KACDL

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

33rd Annual Conference & Criminal Defense Seminar
Fayette County Courthouse
Friday, April 26, 2019


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

8:50  am
Welcome/Opening Remarks 
Hon. B. Scott West, KACDL President

B. Scott West is the Deputy Public Advocate for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in Frankfort, Kentucky; prior to that, Scott was the General Counsel for the agency from 2011 through October 2017.  He has been the Bluegrass Regional Manager in the Richmond Field Office, Directing Attorney for the Murray Field Office, and a staff attorney in the Hazard Field Office.  For the last 10 years, he has taught search and seizure law, as well as Miranda law, in DPA’s Public Defender College.  He is the recipient of the 2017 Kentucky Bar Association’s Thomas B. Spain CLE Award, the 2015 KBA Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award, the 2014 Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Frank E. Haddad, Jr. Award, and 2011 DPA Gideon Award, 2011.  He is a member of the KBA Ethics Committee 

9:00 – 10:00 am 
Legislative Update and Practice Tips
Hon. Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, KACDL Legislative Agent with Co Presenter Senator Robin Webb


The KACDL Legislative Agent, Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto will educate us about the most important bills passed by the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly. Practice tips will be explored. DiLoreto will also share information about bills that we can expect in 2020 that may have a significant impact on your practice. 

Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, a native of Kentucky, graduated from Amherst College, Magna Cum Laude, 1981 and then the University of Kentucky College of Law, 1985. Rebecca represents KACDL at the Kentucky Legislature as its Legislative Agent. She served as President of KACDL for two years and as Education Chair for five years. Rebecca practiced full time as a public defender at the trial, appellate and post-conviction level across the Commonwealth for DPA, serving as law clerk and agency recruiter, and establishing the Juvenile Post Disposition Branch, the Post Trial Division and the Lexington Public Defender Office. From 2008 to 2015, Rebecca led Kentucky Litigation and Policy work for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Law Center and was that agency’s first registered lobbyist. In addition to serving KACDL at the legislature, Rebecca leads the Institute for Compassion in Justice as its Executive Director, performs as a contract attorney for DPA at the trial and post-trial  levels and teaches at the University of Kentucky College                             of Law.

Senator Robin Webb.
Born September 6, 1960. Attorney. Southern Baptist. MoSU, AAS Mining Tech (Surface Mine Production), BS Energy and Reclamation (Underground Mine Safety emphasis). NKU, JD. KY Bar Assoc, Foundation Bd of Dir. Criminal Law, Committee on Domestic Violence & Child Protection. MoSU Alumni Bd, Past Pres. Grayson Chamber of Commerce. Carter Co Fair Bd. Carter Recreational Alliance Bd. Natl Wild Turkey Federation. Ducks Unlimited. NRA Life Member. Natl Assembly of Sportsman's Caucus', Pres and KY Co-Chair. Former KY Young Democrat State Pres, Natl Committee Woman. Young Democrats of America General Counsel. Carter Youth Soccer Coach. MTXE Youth Basketball Coach. KYLAP, Commissioner and vol. KYLAP Equine Law, section chair. KYLAP, Domestic Violence and Child Protection Committee. KY Baptist Found Bd of Dir. Northeast Red Cross Bd of Dir. 4-H Certified Equine and Livestock Instructor. TN Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Assoc, By-Laws Committee. KY Walking Horse Assoc. KY Walking Horse Trainers Assoc. Public Library Caucus, Chair.


House 1999 - 09, Senate 2009 - Present

10:00 – 11:10 am 
Using Video Effectively in the Court Room
Anthony Lee Tanner, MSW with Co Presenter Hon. Suzanne Hopf of the Kentucky Innocence Project


Join Mitigation Specialist Anthony Lee Tanner, MSW and the Hon Suzanne Hopf.  Anthony will discuss how Advocacy in Motion uses video in various legal contexts for more favorable results in the court room  Suzanne will offer an important attorney/legal/motion aspect to the presentation. 


Anthony Lee Tanner, MSW     
Mitigation Specialist - Advocate - Videographer

Advocacy in Motion was founded by Anthony Lee Tanner, MSW after years of advocating for clients in the public defender system in Kentucky. Having a passion for technology, storytelling and advocacy, Anthony perfected video advocacy for clients with captivating stories for favorable outcomes in the court room. With a Masters in Social Work, years of legal and video experience, Anthony is your one stop shop for professional mitigation and powerful visual advocacy for you and your clients.


Suzanne earned a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Colorado State University in 1993, and graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 1996.  Since 1998, Suzanne has been a staff attorney with DPA, working in a variety of roles with the Juvenile Post Disposition Branch.  As an appellate advocate, Suzanne is responsible for a number of important, published decisions including D.R. v. Commonwealth, 64 S.W.3d 292 (Ky.App. 2001)(juveniles cannot waive counsel without first speaking with counsel);  X.B. v. Commonwealth, 105 S.W.3d 459 (Ky.App. 2003)(juvenile court cannot commit a child to the state without first making findings that commitment was the least restrictive alternative); D.R.T. v. Commonwealth, 111 S.W.3d 392 (Ky.App. 2002)(a person who was charged as a juvenile cannot be placed in an adult facility when they turn 18); and Commonwealth v. Jeffries, 95 S.W.3d 60 (Ky. 2002)(youthful offender is entitled to a hearing at 18 years of age, prior to a decision being made on whether to probate the youth or send them to the Department of Corrections). Suzanne followed a successful career as an appellate attorney with work as the coordinator of a Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG) awarded to DPA, where she worked with trial attorneys in juvenile matters. For the last several years Suzanne has been working with youth committed to DJJ’s facilities. In that capacity she successfully represented Samuel Marra, who was convicted of complicity to a murder committed by his older brother when Samuel was 16 years of age, and who was probated by the Court at age 21.  Samuel’s case was the focus of a video presentation at the DPA Annual Conference Opening session last year in Owensboro. For her exceptional representation of juveniles, Suzanne was given the In re Gault award in 2012. 
In addition to her work with DPA, Suzanne has also worked as adjunct faculty for the Indiana University Criminal Justice Division, for the University of Virginia at Wise, VA, Spalding University in Louisville, Bellarmine University and for the University of Louisville Department of Sociology during the past twenty years. 

11:10 – 11:15 am 


11:15 am – 12:15 pm 
Case Decisions & Recent Developments in the Appellate Courts
Justice Michelle M. Keller, Kentucky Supreme Court

Justice Keller was appointed to the Kentucky Supreme Court in April 2013 by Governor Steven Beshear. She was elected to her second full term on the bench in November 2014. Prior to her service on the Supreme Court, Justice Keller was elected as Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2006. Justice Keller has served as the Court of Appeals representative on the Judicial Conduct Commission, Chairperson of the Court of Justice’s Technology Governance Committee, and is currently serving as Chairperson of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission.

Prior to her service on the bench, Justice Keller practiced law for 17 years. She served as an assistant county attorney for her home county of Kenton. Additionally, Justice Keller practiced law in the areas of criminal defense, family and personal injury law, as well as medical negligence and products liability defense. She has extensive trial experience. Justice Keller also practiced administrative law, representing numerous clients before state regulatory and licensure boards. She is Chairwoman Emeritus of the Kentucky Personnel Board and has served as a hearing officer and member of that Board. Justice Keller is licensed to practice law in Kentucky, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and the United States Supreme Court. She has twice been commended by the Kentucky House of Representatives for her service to the Commonwealth.

Justice Keller attended Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law while working as a licensed registered nurse in critical care. At Chase, Justice Keller was an IOLTA Scholar, earning her Juris Doctor in 1990. Chase presented Justice Keller with the Chase Excellence Award in 2007 and the Chase Exceptional Service Award in 2011.

Additionally, Justice Keller was named a 2012 Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky for her commitment to public service and community involvement. She was honored on Law Day in 2013 with the Richard D. Lawrence Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Northern Kentucky Bar Association (“NKBA”). After delivering the Law Day address on May 1, 2014, she was honored with the Liberty Bell Award for her service to the Court of Justice. In December 2017, Justice Keller was honored to be the first woman presented with the Distinguished Lawyer of the Year Award by the NKBA.

Justice Keller has served in various positions for the NKBA, Kentucky Bar Association (“KBA”), and the ABA. In 2009, she received the KBA’s Donated Legal Services Award for her commitment to Pro Bono service and support of Kentucky’s legal services organizations. She is a Master in the Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court and served as president of the Inn from 2012-13. Justice Keller is also a Fellow of both the American and Kentucky Bar Foundations.

12:30 – 1:30   pm  
33rd Annual Luncheon and Awards Presentation 

Main Gallery
167 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507

We invite you to join us in honoring KACDL’s 2019 Award Recipients. Unless noted, luncheon is included with your registration. 

1:50 - 3:00 pm 
Federal Criminal Trial Policies & Practice
Hon. Robert McBride, Corporate Compliance and White Collar Criminal Defense Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

McBride will examine the policy framework for the federal prosecution of business organizations and employees, the practical aspects of white collar investigations and prosecutions, and the value of effective compliance programs and internal investigations  as mitigation.

Bob is a seasoned trial attorney, experienced in investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of criminal matters. As lead attorney, Bob prosecuted cases involving complex financial frauds, money laundering, federal tax violations, healthcare fraud, national security matters, violations of the Export Control Act, immigration and human trafficking crimes, and public corruption. He also prosecuted narcotics trafficking organizations, firearms violations and crimes against children. As a prosecutor, Bob successfully tried many federal cases to jury verdict. Bob is also experienced in litigating forfeiture claims, habeas actions and appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bob has a long record serving the United States as an attorney before entering private practice. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky for over 15 years. As an AUSA, Bob first chaired criminal jury trials in U.S. District Court and handled appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, he was the District’s National Security Prosecutor and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator. Bob also held several leadership positions. In 2006, he was assigned as the manager of the London Branch Office. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Criminal Chief and served in that position until January 2010. As Criminal Chief, Bob supervised the Criminal Division’s personnel and exercised oversight of all prosecutions in the District. More recently, he was the supervisor of the Ft. Mitchell Branch Office, where he handled a number of high profile investigations and prosecutions.

Bob also served in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corp, for 10 years. His major assignments included senior prosecutor on the Island of Guam, Officer-in-Charge of a Detachment in New Orleans focusing on criminal defense and Staff Judge Advocate, Recruit Training Command. Bob attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was also an enlisted Combat Engineer in the Army National Guard.

3:00 - 3:10 pm 


3:10-4:20 pm
Valiantly Fighting the Battle in State and Federal Court: How to Serve the Complex Client, Prevail in the Face of a Challenging Prosecutor and Win in Front of Judges who are Hard to Persuade
Hon. Rob Eggert, Louisville, KY  via video with Co-presenter Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto onsite

****Update: Mr. Eggert has a schedule conflict. Presentation will be a prerecorded interview style format with Rebecca DiLoreto****

Rob Eggert,  Attorney at Law, 600 West Main Street, Ste 100, Louisville, KY 40202
Graduated from Columbus School of Law; Trial Attorney and Jefferson District Public Defender September 1981—June 1998; Private Criminal Defense Attorney in Law Office of Tim McCall and David Lambertus August 1998—November 2018; Private Criminal  Defense  Attorney in Law office of  Steve Romines November 2018—Present;  Tried numerous felony cases in both State and Federal  Courts.

Courier Journal Publications:

"To lawyers in Louisville and beyond, the not guilty verdict was hardly surprising — nobody in Kentucky tries and wins more cases than Eggert, they say."


Aggravating Louisville defense lawyer will do almost anything to win. And he often does

Watch famed Kentucky criminal defense lawyer Rob Eggert in action


4:20 - 4:30 pm 
Closing Remarks


Registration Fees

Unless otherwise noted, 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

Awards Luncheon Only










*Luncheon not included. If you are a Law Student Member, you must "add-on" the luncheon at a cost of $40 to participate. 

Hotel Accommodations: Due to high demand in the area, we encourage you to make reservations early. A hotel block was attained at the Hilton, Downtown Lexington. . Per night reduced fee is $209. Please call 1-859-231-9000,or toll free 1-877-539-1648 and ask for the group discount, code "KYACDL" or visit our personal online booking page here. After March 26, 2019, the room rate will be based on availability.

Handouts: All handout materials are digital form and are provided 24 hrs in advance via a secured dropbox link. Bound paper copy may be pre-purchased for an additional cost of $40. Limited supply, must receive payment and order by 4/5/2019. Additionally, KACDL logo pre loaded flash drives are available for $10, limited supply. 

CLE: KBA approval secured for 5.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 Ethics Credit

Conference Brochure and Mail in Registration: 2019 33rd Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon

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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 April 19, 2019. 

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be received by KACDL 96 hours in advance of event start date to receive credit  or full refund. Substitutions are allowed.

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Closed: 4/26/2019 2:30 PM

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