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Off to Harvard!

Posted by Tom Hudson | Jul 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I will be heading off to Boston in a few days to teach at the most important conference of the year for DUI lawyers.  For the ninth year out of the last ten, I will be participating in the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense, held at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge Mass.  I am proud to serve on the Faculty of the College, and will be teaching in small groups as DUI lawyers from all over the country hone their skills at Opening Statement and Cross Examination.

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Tom Hudson with legendary trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey at the NCDD Summer Session at Harvard Law School.

The NCDD is a nonprofit organization which stresses education in the highly specialized arena of DUI Defense. There are a lot of issues which are unique to DUI cases, and a lot of specialized scientific evidence which can be difficult to master.  Believe it or not, but the first national education program specifically for DUI lawyers occurred in 1983, after I was already practicing for three years.

The NCDD was founded in 1995 to make sure that lawyers representing the accused in DUI cases had access to scientific knowledge and expert witnesses.  I joined in 2004 and so this is my tenth anniversary of my first trip to Boston to learn from the best.

And make no mistake, even though I'm on the faculty, I learn great new stuff at Summer Session every year. The Summer Session is truly an opportunity to reach out to other specialists, and the learning goes on in the classrooms, and the hallways and even in the lounge after classes are over.

About the Author

Tom Hudson

Known nationwide as a leading DUI defense lawyer, Tom has tried over 350 jury trials, including numerous death penalty cases. He now limits his criminal practice to DUI defense. His civil practice is devoted to getting fair compensation for the victims of negligence. Tom has attained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, and is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2008, Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Test for DUI Attorneys in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOTE: The State of Florida does not yet recognize DUI defense as a Specialty.

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Board Certification in DUI Defense

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Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Examination (written and oral) in Honolulu in 2008, and was recertified in 2013. He was one of the first 50 lawyers granted national board certification in DUI Defense, and is nationally recognized as an authority in DUI law.

Why We're Different

Board Certification as a DUI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense. Formal NHTSA Certification as an Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests given by police in DUI cases. Formal training as a NHTSA Drug Recognition Evaluator. ("Drug Evaluation & Classification") Formal training to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida's official breath test instrument. Extensive experience in teaching other attorneys how to handle DUI cases. Hundreds of jury trials both as defense lawyer and as prosecutor. Florida's State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.