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Live Cary | North Carolina Bar Center

Friday, March 15, 2019

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Taught by dynamic speakers, this program offers every criminal practitioner — whether new, experienced, full-time or part-time — the opportunity to master complex criminal court topics and become a better trial attorney, criminal advocate and relentless student of law.

Attendees also receive the completely updated ABCs of Criminal Court, Second Edition, in both print and electronic formats, featuring 26 updated and brand-new criminal law and trial practice topics, and enhanced with graphic charts summaries and instructional material. Designed to be carried into court, this handy book is the only weapon an effective and skilled advocate needs.

The chronological "A to Z" approach to criminal law equips attendees with the knowledge to successfully:

  • Handle the essentials of a jury trial, from preparation, defenses and objections to motions, evidence and voir dire
  • Defend probation violations
  • Master the applications of sentencing, habitual felon laws, sex offender registration rules and collateral consequences
  • Navigate DWI, traffic basics and driving privileges
  • Apply the new expunction opportunities
  • Combat the intense stress and anxiety that every lawyer faces with true health and fitness practices

Although the "ABCs" of criminal court are greater than just 26 topics, this program and the accompanying publication offer a complete picture of the law that helps every criminal practitioner become an expert, one letter at a time.

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Included with Program Registration: 

The ABCs of Criminal Court is written based on the philosophy that, in any area of law, knowledge should begin and end with statutory and case law authority, a principle that assures accuracy. But how do we become experts in criminal law when there is such an unwieldy bulk of information? We learn 20 percent of information that we need 80 percent of the time! 

Every topic explored in this book is one that is essential to a criminal court practice. Each topic surveys the most imperative 20 percent, and generates guideposts to lend you to the remaining 80 percent. Whether a new attorney or an experienced practitioner, the wisdom necessary to be a great criminal lawyer is found within these pages.

This book is not designed to be left on a bookshelf to collect dust, but to be carried in one’s briefcase or court-bag to serve as a quick reference for that 80 percent of information that remains the same trial-to-trial — defenses, questions of proper opening and closing techniques, voir dire questions, evidentiary foundations, etc. It serves as a complete, all-in-one reference source that serves as a 20 percent foundation that will grow your confidence and criminal practice to 100 percent of its potential.

  • 8:15am | Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:55 | Welcome and Introductions | Garrett and Olson
  • 9:00 | Probation Violations | Rizo
  • 9:45 | Witnesses Examination | Herron
  • 10:15 | Domestic Violence | Jeffries
  • 10:45 | Break
  • 11:00 | Sentencing | Aberle
  • 11:50 | Objections and Evidence | Reese
  • 12:30pm | Networking Lunch
  • 1:15 | Jury Trials | TBD
  • 2:15 | DWIs | Goldsborough
  • 3:00 | Break
  • 3:15 | True Health for Lawyers (Substance Abuse/Mental Health) | Horner
  • 4:15 | Adjourn
Product Information
Date Presented:
March 15, 2019 8:55 AM Eastern
7 hours, 20 minutes
Registration Fee:
ABCs of Criminal Court
TUITION RATE. Early and Membership discounts automatically apply at checkout. 

Register early and SAVE 10%! Live Cary and Webcast early rate expires February 22. 

Standard: $380 / $340 Early
NCBA Member: $315 / $285 Early

Discount pricing and CLE Premier Pass are not accepted for this program (see CLE Premier Pass terms and conditions here).

Full and partial scholarships are available for attorneys experiencing a financial hardship of any kind. Click here to apply.

The electronic publication will be available for download in the NCBA online portal within one week prior to the program. Printed copies will be mailed via UPS ground shipping within 7-10 days after the program. A street address must be provided at the time of registration; no P.O. boxes, please. Note that program attendance is required to receive a printed book.


North Carolina Bar Center

8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513 | 800.228.3402 | Driving Directions 

HOTEL INFORMATION. Contact hotels directly for reservations at the special NCBA room rate. Rates are based on availability and may sell out. 

Embassy Suites
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $169 single/double
  • ReservationsClick here to book online (Group Code 2691626) 

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

120 Sage Commons Way, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday-Thursday)
  • Reservations | 919.678.0005 (Please ask for the NCBA corporate rate)

VIDEO REPLAYS. The agenda may not include certain breakouts/tracks shown at the original program.  

Cary | Tuesday, June 4, 2019 
North Carolina Bar Center
8000 Weston Parkway Driving Directions | 800.228.3402 | Dorsett Auditorium   
Registration: 8:45am | Program: 9:00am-3:30pm 
#814BAR | Early May 14 

Charlotte | Friday, May 10, 2019 
Homewood Suites Charlotte Ballantyne Hotel
12030 Cooper Way Driving Directions | 704.544.7902
Registration: 8:45am | Program: 9:00am-3:30pm 
#814CHA | Early April 19 


Speaker Information
A Brennan Aberle   [ view bio ]
Chad D Garrett  [ view bio ]
Stephanie M Goldsborough  [ view bio ]
Johnna Z Herron   [ view bio ]
Lucas M Horner   [ view bio ]
Lauren A Jeffries   [ view bio ]
Sean M Olson   [ view bio ]
Stephanie L Reese  [ view bio ]
Roger Rizo   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 6.00
Criminal Law Specialization: 6.00
General: 5.00
Substance Abuse/Mental Health (SA/MH): 1.00
CLE Premier Pass
This seminar is no longer available for purchase.