Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 16:15
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Evidence Wednesdays: A Defender’s Guide to Evidence in Sex Cases

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (EDT)

The Federal Rules of Evidence overwhelmingly favor the prosecution in sex cases. For instance, unlike other type of cases, Rules 413 and 414 allow for prior acts to be used as propensity evidence in sexual assault cases and child molestation ones.  Likewise, Rule 412 imposes significant barriers on what defense lawyers can do to challenge an alleged victim. This presentation equips defense lawyers with the tools to successfully navigate these challenges.


Rene Valladares is the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law, and the UNLV Criminal Justice Department. He lectures nationally on various criminal law and procedure topics including evidence and the defense of conspiracy cases. Mr. Valladares serves on the Federal Defenders' Performance Measurement Working Group. Recently, Rene Valladares wrote a Defender's Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys, published by NACDL.

CLE Information

We have applied for CLE accreditation in states that have mandatory requirements. We regret that we cannot respond to telephone inquiries regarding the status of CLE approval prior to the seminar. All information related to CLE will be emailed to attendees within 15-30 days following the program.

  • To minimize reporting fees per attorney/program, if you are barred in more than one of the following states NM, TN, PA, NE, attendance will be reported to one state only.
  • The attorney is responsible for making sure the appropriate state and bar number is on file with the DSO Training Division.
  • For applicable states, attendance will be reported using the bar number and state(s) listed on the registration form submitted for this program.
  • Failure to provide the state and bar number may result in the Training Division not being able to report your attendance.