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Prosecuting Homicide Cases
July 27–31, 2015, Minneapolis, MN
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HOMICIDE:  hom-i-cide,  noun:  The deliberate and
unlawful killing of one person by another; murder.

Homicide cases are among the most difficult and most important cases that a prosecutor can handle.  Between twenty-four hour news sources disseminating information that may be unclear, anticipation and preparation to overcome unique defenses, multifaceted victim safety issues, jurors’ expectation of the use of high technology in case presentation, complex cases involving multiple defendants, the impact of negative perceptions of our duties and responsibilities and the ethical limits placed on the members of the prosecution team, it may seem like you are battling a mountain of challenges.

We invite you to come and join other members of the prosecution team from across the country as our skilled faculty members assist in fine tuning your litigation techniques, and enhancing your trial skills and strategic planning, and understanding those issues unique to murder cases. 

You will leave this course prepared to utilize the latest cutting edge investigative tips, proactive motion practices, and persuasive presentation styles.

Whether you are an investigator, prosecutor, local law enforcement officer, jail officer who works closely with the prosecutor’s office, or paralegal with the prosecutor’s office, our seasoned faculty of veteran prosecutors and scientific experts will show you the best ways to stay abreast of cutting edge issues and increase your ability to successfully meet any challenge the defense may present.

Tentative Topics Include:

  • Murder 101:  What Makes Murder Different?
  • Innocence and Exoneration Update
  • Understanding “Stand Your Ground” Laws
  • Effective Trial Skills
  • Death Causation in Homicide Cases
  • Scientific Evidence Update
  • Stress Management for Homicide Prosecutors
  • Theories of Liability in Homicide Cases
  • Witness Tampering and Intimidation – Post Crawford
  • Media Considerations in Homicide Cases
  • Understanding the Crime Scene

Minneapolis is a city full of surprises.  The home of shattered pre-conceived notions and perceptions and one of the best-kept secrets in the nation.  With more days of sunshine each year than most mid-west cities, Minneapolis is no more than a three hour flight from anywhere in the Continental United States and is one of the country’s top-ten summer destinations. Join us for a great conference and experience all that Minneapolis has to offer: The biggest mall in America; the second most theater seats per capita in the nation; five professional sports teams; and the dining:  Minneapolis boasts multiple James Beard Award winners.  (information from

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55403
135.00 + tax/night
Registration link:
or call in to 888-421-1442 and reference “National District Attorneys Association” to get the group rate.

Course Schedule: Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27. Course begins at 1:00 p.m. Monday and concludes Friday, July 31 at lunch. For more information, contact course director Brent Berkley at

CLE: Anticipated CLE credits will be approximately 20 hours, including at least one hour of Ethics.

Eligibility: Open to lawyers in local, state, federal and military prosecutors’ offices, paralegals who work in prosecutors’ offices and investigators who are employed by or law enforcement officers who work in close association with a prosecutor’s office.

Course Tuition is $595, which includes admission and course materials. NDAA adheres to a policy of non-discrimination in admissions, scholarship awards, and administration. The first attendee from an office pays full tuition. Each additional attendee from the same office will receive a $50 discount.

Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Cancellations and Refund Policy: 
Full refunds will be made for cancellations received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10 busi­ness days prior to the beginning of the course. Refunds, less $60 for administrative fees, will be made for cancellations received after this date.
Further Questions: Contact course director Brent Berkley: or Rebecca Weaver:


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