Search & Seizure Seminar

Let Freedom Ring: Search & Seizure in the Digital Age
September 14–15 | Agate Beach Inn, Newport

Every two years, OCDLA holds a Search & Seizure Seminar to keep you apprised of the latest developments in this crucial arena. This year, OCDLA has put together an exceptional panel of speakers featuring:

  • Josiah Roloff, Digital Forensics Consultant from Spokane, on “Digital Forensics in Criminal Litigation”

  • Juval Scott, Federal Public Defender for he District of Virginia, on “Effective Use of Experts and Data to Litigate Race”

  • Bruce Harvey, attorney from Atlanta in a return engagement with OCDLA, on “Litigating Pretrial Motions”

  • Nathan Freed Wessler, attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, on Carpenter v. US.

You will also learn about the recent OSC ruling in State v. Mansor, developing Swan motions to suppress physical evidence derived from Miranda violations, how to subpoena victim’s electronic devices, the latest in state and federal appellate rulings, and much more. Head over to the Agenda tab to read the complete program here.



BRAND NEW! OCDLA’s long-awaited manual for trying sex cases is here. 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.



2018 Sunny Climate Seminar

November 8–12, Grand Hyatt Kauaí
CLE on November 10

The hotel — situated between lush mystical mountains and a shimmering azure sea, it’s not surprising that the Grand Hyatt is ranked among the top of all Hawaiian resorts. 50 oceanfront acres of lush gardens, manicured lawns, open courtyards, and pristine pools to relax and enjoy the classic Hawaiian environment. Packages start at $1,099 roundtrip from Portland, San Francisco, Seattle or LA. Contact Tom Cronkrite right away at 1-866-611-3785,, to lock in the package rate or set up your customized itinerary.

The CLEJeffrey Fisher, Kyana Givens, Cynthia Roseberry, and Richard Sing are joining forces to bring you 5.5 hours of continuing legal education you won’t forget.

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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.



Felony Sentencing in Oregon

Succeed at Sentencing—Includes January 2018 Update

Some sentencing issues are so complex you would have to spend hours researching what you can find easily in this invaluable resource. The 2012 edition helps you arrive at the correct interpretation and craft a winning argument. You’ll reach for it every time:
• your client is pleading to more than one felony count in a single indictment
• the state files a notice of aggravating factors
• you are going to “open sentencing” on felony charges.

And those are just a few examples. For comprehensive coverage of sentencing issues, guidelines and related case law, plus practice pointers and detailed
challenges that can be raised on constitutional and other grounds, don’t look any further.
Order the complete manual with the update here.
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Thanks to Robert Crow for putting together this March 2018 Update, with Mary Sofia contributing the legislative component. Incorporating and adding on to the material in the 2016 update, in all ten chapters (six new chapters and four previously updated chapters) are updated here—up to 60 pages are included this year. 

Here is a complete look at the March 2018 Update: 

  • Legislation from 2017 covering diversion and ignition interlock devices
  • New case law changes

New case law — over 25 cases — since the 2016 update, covering:

  • wheelchairs (chapter 1)
  • motions to suppress, Miranda warnings, blood alcohol privacy, blood draws, and more (chapter 7)
  • scientific evidence (chapter 12)
  • jury instructions (chapter 15)
  • out-of-state convictions, prior convictions, and DUII fees (chapter 16)

The PDF version offers new, enhanced features that will benefit you immediately. 

  • Direct access to case law, 2017 legislation and other legal authorities via active web hyperlinks. 
  • Thorough bookmarks for easy, efficient access to content.

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library of defense

Library of Defense Case Summaries