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The Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense

Posted by Tom Hudson | Feb 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tom with cross-examination guru Roger Dodd

It's still wintertime, but we're already making our plans to attend the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense.  Every year in July, some of the best DUI lawyers in America gather at the Harvard Law School, to share their experience and to train the next generation of DUI lawyers.  This will be the eighth year in a row that the Hudson Law Office has participated.

Tom and F. Lee Bailey at the Harvard Law School

One of the great things about the Summer Session is that some of the greatest legal minds in the world are willing to come to Harvard, with its history and reputation. It's a great opportunity for us to learn from the best, in a very intimate setting. In recent years, I've been privileged to learn from Roger Dodd, one of the nation's leading experts in cross-examination.

In 2011, we were addressed by legal giant F. Lee Bailey, who lived up to his reputation as a brilliant lawyer and speaker.  Even at the age of 79, he dazzled us by speaking for two hours without notes. It was an amazing performance.

Tom with Dr. A.W. Jones at Harvard in 2013

Another great thing about the Summer Session is the attendance of non-lawyers.  The NCDD has members from the scientific community, as well as attorneys.  Physicians, physiologists, analysts and other scientists contribute to our understanding of the physical and chemical principles behind alcohol testing.

In 2013, we were addressed by Dr. Alan Wayne Jones, who is considered one of the leading researchers on breath testing in the world.  He travelled to Harvard from Sweden, where he has written some of the seminal research papers on testing for breath alcohol.  He is truly a giant in his field, and was a great guy to share a beer with after the day's lectures were over.

This year, the Summer Session again looks like it will be a very rewarding seminar in advanced DUI studies.  We highly recommend it to any young DUI lawyer who wants to hone his or her skills, and rub elbows with the true elite of the field. It's a very popular program, and restricted to about 200 participants.  Hence the requirement to plan ahead.

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 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.