Annual Conference

Celebrating the Voyage

And Future Adventures

June 13–15, 2019 • Mt. Bachelor Village, Bend

It’s time to celebrate — where we’ve been and where we’re going! Nationally recognized speakers — Jennifer Sellitti, New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, on challenging police office credibility at motions and trial; Bill Quigley, Loyola University, New Orleans, on the need for a radical revolution in the criminal justice system; and Jennifer Grossman, Nurses for Social Justice, on how to read medical records. And don't miss a special Friday night barn dance (included with your CLE registration / buy guest tickets here) with music, dinner, silent auction, drinks and lots of fun! See program & register.

2019 Board Elections

arrow Elections for Districts 3, 5, and 6 will be held at the Annual. Conference. Read more here.


Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture Series

July 18 • 4:30–6:30 p.m • Portland

This outdoor event is held in memory of Ardent Advocate Nancy Bergeson to celebrate defense lawyers. Nancy Bergeson was a career-long public defender whose legal acumen was matched only by her uncanny ability to empathize with her clients.

Our presenter is Judge Judith Levy, District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Location — Outdoor Terrace on 900 block of SW Third Avenue, Portland, one half block north of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Register.


Sunny Climate Seminar

November 7–11, 2019 • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, HI

Please join us for a seminar in a tropical place!

Whether it’s a dip in a luxurious hotel pool or a hike in the remote and wild Wai‘ānapanapa State Park on the other side of the island, Maui has what you’re looking for!

Sign up today for OCDLA’s November 7–11 Sunny Climate Seminar and travel package at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Go here for travel & hotel package details. Or download a PDF.

The CLE program, which takes place on Saturday, November 9, is under development.


Defending Sex Cases

Ever feel like you’re fighting a Hydra-headed prosecution when defending sex crime allegations? Being double or triple teamed by the Multidisciplinary Team? Facing child complainants contaminated by ongoing prosecution interviews? Fighting motions to admit prior bad acts?

So many questions when you’re looking for answers!

The answers are here. OCDLA is proud to release the long-awaited Defending Sex Cases manual! You will find it was worth the wait. telling the defendant’s story, evaluating physical findings, challenging hearsay and other act evidence, false memories, how to try the case: jury selection, cross-examination, jury instructions – and so much more! Lessons about handling complex, difficult cases — information you can use in other types of cases — from people who’ve been in the trenches. Three years in the making! Read more.



The 2018 Legislative Analysis of Criminal and Juvenile Laws contains summaries and complete enrolled versions of new criminal and juvenile legislation. Edited by OCDLA Legislative Representative Mary A. Sofia. Summaries and outlines of 18 bills from the session, along with background information, practice tips, and clickable hyperlinks. Read about the expansion of hit & run (HB 4055) and strangulation (SB 1562), the criminal justice omnibus bill (SB 1543), Rep. Jennifer Williamson’s Plea and Release Agreement Waiver (HB 4149), and OCDLA’s own bill for the reinstatement of parental rights after TPR—HB 4009. arrow Download here.



library of defense

Library of Defense Case Summaries