NALI 2017 MidWinter Conference

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January 26 – 28, 2017  |  Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego, California



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Bahia Resort Hotel
998 W Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

For hotel reservations go to Bahia Resort Hotel

When making reservations by phone, please be sure to mention ‘National Association of Legal Investigators room block’ to receive room discount.




January 26 – 28, 2017  | 12  CEU (Continuing Education Units)

Shooting Incidents and Surveillance Video Analysis
Bruce Krell, PhD
Drawing on over three decades of experience as a scientist and engineer, Dr. Krell’s presentation covers tools, techniques, processes and procedures for shooting incident reconstruction, to include the physical equipment and sciences utilized for accurate assessment. Case studies will be reviewed, including reconstructions of actual shooting incidents.

CEU: 2


The Thin Blue Line- Investigating Police Misconduct
Kevin McClain, PI, CCDI

Kevin’s more than 20 years of experience as a legal investigator led to him being asked to present at the last year’s conference of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has graciously agreed to bring an expanded version of his presentation on investigating police misconduct to his NALI colleagues, a timely topic in civil and criminal matters.

CEU: 1.5


Vehicular Incident Reconstruction
Steve Plourd, PI

A fully accredited traffic accident reconstructionist, Mr. Plourd spent several years with the California Highway Patrol. As a licensed California legal investigator, he provides consultations and investigations for civil and criminal matters involving vehicular accidents. He is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

CEU: 1


Representing Mexican Nationals in Criminal Courts
John Cotsirilos, Esq./A. “Chevy” Echeverria, PI

Respected criminal attorney and educator John Cotsirilos is designated by the government of Mexico as a representative of the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program (MCLAP) program, which is designed to provide legal assistance to Mexican citizens facing the death penalty in the U.S.  Former Deputy Sheriff and District Attorney Investigator, now private investigator, Apolinar “Chevy” Echeverria frequently provides assistance on behalf of clients accused in these matters, as well as for issues related to civil litigation and protection services.



Examining Forensics
Hon. Christopher J. Plourd
Nationally recognized for his accomplishments as a 6th Amendment attorney and as a forensics expert, and a former criminal defense attorney, Judge Plourd currently serves as an Imperial County, California Superior Court Judge. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

CEU: 1.5


Introduction to the Military’s Defense Services Organization (DSO)
Kate Coyne, Esq.

Upon retiring from the San Diego County Public Defender’s office, attorney Kate Coyne was retained by the United States Marine Corps as a “Highly Qualified Expert” in complex and sexual assault litigation, as part of the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization for the USMC, Navy and Coast Guard. The DSO, “Marines Defending Marines,” is a worldwide criminal defense network of judge advocates and legal service support personnel.

CEU: 1


Discerning Issues in the Concept of Habeas Corpus
Elizabeth Missakian, Esq.

Ms Missakian’s law practice is devoted to criminal defense, including habeas corpus petitions in state and federal courts. She is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist of the State Bar of California; and admitted to the U.S. District Courts Southern and Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to her law degree, Ms Missakian has a Ph.D. in Comparative and Experimental Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit.



Addressing 10 Pitfalls in the Attorney/Investigator Working Relationship
Jodi Thorp, Esq.

With over two decades of experience across a wide spectrum of legal matters, nationally and internationally, Jodi Thorp provides insight into the pitfalls of the internal working relationships between attorneys, investigators and experts. Her law firm represents clients in federal and state criminal cases and in plaintiff personal injury cases. Fluent in three languages, Ms. Thorp has worked with nonprofit organizations and the United Nations in establishing legal aid programs internationally.

CEU: 1


In Tandem: Perspectives Relative to Cohesive Pre-Judicial and Judicial Endeavors; Bringing the Investigation into the Courtroom
Kenneth J. Medel
A career that included seven years with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and 27 years as a civil defense attorney led to an appointment to the San Diego County Superior Court.  Now with the Juvenile Dependency Unit, Judge Medel has served in both the civil and criminal divisions of the court. He brings unique insights regarding the relationship between the legal investigator and the judicial systems.

CEU: 1


A Marriage of Mutual Respect & Responsibility: Attorneys, Investigators & the Media
J. W. August

Former Managing Editor and Senior Investigative Producer at KGTV, Channel 10 News in San Diego, J. W. August worked at KGTV for 32 years. For 25 of those years he focused on consumer and investigative reporting, culminating with him overseeing the oldest, continuous operating media investigative unit in Southern California.

CEU: 1



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