17th Annual Public Defender Las Vegas RETREAT
Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017

Annual Public Defender Las Vegas Retreat

Like Us A yearly gathering of public and private criminal defense attorneys, investigators,
 legal staff, law students, spouses, or anyone with a
"Public Defender Attitude."

If you have to ask what that is... you probably don't have one!
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Legal Education and up to 11 hrs MCLE/CLE* Credit including 2 hrs ethics!
Rest + Relax + Recharge + Recreation = Really Great Time
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* This activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the Nevada Board of CLE and the State Bar of California in the amount of 11 hours (with 2 of those hours in ethics).  We routinely get CLE pre-approval in a number of states/provinces, and provide the forms/info for CLE in all other jurisdictions.  We will assist any attendee with CLE credit in their jurisdictions.  Contact Dave Rendahl at 1-559-827-7487 or Dave@PublicDefenderRetreat.com for MCLE/CLE info on your state or jurisdiction (no state has ever denied credit for prior Retreats).

Law Society of Upper Canada Continuing Professional Development For our Ontario, Canada attendees, the Law Society of Upper Canada has accredited us:
This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 2 hr 0 min Professionalism Content.
This program is also eligible for up to 9 hr 30 min Substantive 


until Jan 27

after Jan 27

at the Retreat

Includes Friday Welcome Party and Sat / Sun MCLE / CLE* program with coffee, donuts, muffins, juice, soda, etc each morning.

Law Book Raffle
From CEB

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Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony in California 2016
CEB is offering Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony in California 2016 as a raffle prize for Retreat attendees - a $155 value!

Dave Rendahl, Public Defender RetreatHello from Dave
Retreat Organizer and Retired Supervising Attorney

I'm a retired supervising attorney from the Tulare County Public Defender's Office.  We have been putting on this Retreat for the past 16 years (this year is the 17th annual event).  I’m looking forward to seeing all the long-time friends and meeting many new ones. 

Here is a little history on the Las Vegas Retreat: After many years of attending law meetings and seminars, usually in not so exciting locations, I came up with the idea of a Public Defender Las Vegas Retreat in Las Vegas, Nevada, "The Entertainment and Convention Capital of the World."

We started in January 2001, with the 1st Annual Public Defender Las Vegas Retreat at the St. Tropez All Suite Hotel (now Rumor Boutique Hotel) in Las Vegas.  We had a very modest (but spirited) turnout of about 50 attendees.  Since then, we have grown to where we have been averaging 250 to 350 attendees from nearly 40 states and Canada.

The main purpose of the Retreat is for a fun and relaxing weekend, with some legal education.  Also, it's a great morale building and attitude lifting experience.  As you probably know, this is an area that public defenders, as well as private defense attorneys, lawyers, investigators, etc. always need.  We also make every attempt to keep the cost to attend this Retreat to a minimum.  In my opinion, this Retreat is comparable to a $400 to $500 seminar, at a fraction of the cost, and much more enjoyable.  We also have souvenir Retreat T-shirts, caps, and coffee mugs for sale during the Retreat Sign-In and Speakers' presentations which helps to support this event too.

If you have any questions about the Public Defender Retreat, please give me a call or email. 

I invite you to be a part of this great Retreat, and I hope to see you soon in Vegas!


Dave Rendahl,
Retreat Organizer and Retired Supervising Attorney
Phone: 1-559-827-7487
FAX: 1-559-741-0260

Legal organizations, blogs, websites, magazines, newspapers, TV, and radio: please contact Dave Rendahl for interview opportunities and Retreat information.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada
Las Vegas sign photo by Roy Rendahl

Las Vegas MCLE/CLE*
Conference Speakers

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Full Retreat Activities Schedule
Short Schedule
Speaker Schedule PDF

Michael J. Kennedy, Captain MotionMichael J. Kennedy, JDMichael J. Kennedy, J.D.
"Captain Motion"
Attorney, Law Office of Michael J. Kennedy Attorney; Indio, California

”Winning and Intimidating With Motions: Win Your Case Before They Know What Hit Them”
(1 hr MCLE)

”Winning DUI / DWI Cases: Find Your Legal Defenses (Field Sobriety, Breath, and Blood Tests) and Overcome Political Pressure (MADD, Juror Bias, Angry Judges / Prosecutors)”

(1 hr MCLE)


Justice P. Andras SchreckJustice P. Andras Schreck
Ontario Court of Justice; Brampton, ON, Canada

“Is a Court / Bench Trial Beneficial for the Defence; Tips on Preparing and Presenting Your Case to the Judge Rather than a Jury?”
(1 Hr MCLE)

“Attack, Discredit, Turn it Around; Challenging the Prosecution’s Expert Evidence”
(1 Hr MCLE)


Michael D. EdelsonMichael D. Edelson
Attorney, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman LLP; Ottawa, ON, Canada

“Cross Examination: The Art of the Defense”
(1.5 Hrs MCLE)

“Cross-Examining Police Witnesses: Thinking Outside the Tool Box”
(1 Hr MCLE)


SallyPerringSally Ann Perring
Dean of Academic Affairs, Retired, San Joaquin College of Law; Fresno, California

“Does the Eagle Know What is in the Pit: Ethical Issues in the Trenches for the Criminal Defense Attorney”

“Part 1: Professional and Courtroom Conduct: Bias, Harassment, Civility, and Politics”
(1 hr Ethics MCLE)

“Part 2: Competence and Special Duties”
(1 hr Ethics MCLE)


Malorie StreetMalorie Street
Attorney, Santa Clara Public Defender Office; San Jose, California

“How to Take a Gamble at a Mental Health Defense and Win Against the Odds: A Step by Step Approach on What you Need to Present These Defenses and How to Put it All Together”
(1.5 Hrs MCLE)


Antony UflandAntony Ufland
Attorney, Orange County Alternate Defender Office; Santa Ana, California

“Lawyers, Guns, and Money: the Sh*t has Hit the Fan”
(1 Hr MCLE)

Speaker photos provided by the speakers.

"It's Vegas!" Retreat Activities

V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet HollywoodFri Night Mar 31, 2017 - 9pm to 10:30pm
Las Vegas Live Comedy Club at V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Hotel
Discount tickets are $28 each and can be purchased with our Conf/Events Registration Form PDF.  See the best comedians from NY, Chicago, Boston, LA, and Vegas from HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central.
V Theater photo by Roy Rendahl.

Mirage Las Vegas Poker RoomSat Evening Apr 1, 2017 - 6pm to 8pm?
2017 World Defender Poker Championship in Poker Room at Mirage Hotel 
Cost is $70 and can be purchased with our Conf/Events Registration Form PDF, plus a $5 dealer add-on at the table.  Prize pool paid to the top 10 places, along with top 3 trophies and bragging rights!  We are limited to 50 players (5 tables).
Mirage Poker Room photo by Roy Rendahl.

1 OAK Nightclub at MirageSat Night Apr 1, 2017 - 10:30pm to ??
Music & Dancing in 1 OAK Nightclub at Mirage Hotel
1 OAK gives Vegas a "One Of A Kind" New York spin with its avant-garde artwork and design.  VIP entry, reserved seating, and some free drinks is $105 for women and $115 for men and can be purchased with our Conf/Events Registration Form PDF.  Dress code is enforced and ID (21+) is required.
1 OAK photo by Roy Rendahl.

Contact Dave Rendahl at Dave@PublicDefenderRetreat.com or 1-559-827-7487 if you have any questions about our fun "It's Vegas!" events.

Las Vegas Retreat Schedule Highlights

Cabo Wabo at Planet HollywoodThurs Night Mar 30, 2017 - 8pm to ?
Informal Pre-Retreat Get-Together on Patio in Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood Hotel
This is a great networking opportunity with new and long-time PDR friends.  We plan to be on the Cabo Wabo outdoor patio overlooking The Strip in front of the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Cabo Wabo patio photo by Roy Rendahl.

Public Defender Retreat Sign-InFri Afternoon Mar 31, 2017 - Anytime between 1pm and 4pm
Retreat Sign-In & Pick Up Materials in Front of the Florentine Room at Tuscany Suites

Public Defender Retreat Friday Welcome Party Fri Evening Mar 31, 2017 - Anytime between 4pm and 7pm
Friday Welcome Party in the Florentine Room at Tuscany Suites
Hors d'oeuvres and some drinks -- free for attendees and their guests, also cash bar.

Public Defender Retreat AudienceSat Morning / Afternoon Apr 1, 2017 - 8am to 4:15pm
MCLE/CLE* Speakers in the Florentine Room at Tuscany Suites

Public Defender Retreat AudienceSun Morning Apr 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 1:15pm
MCLE/CLE* Speakers in the Florentine Room at Tuscany Suites

Drai's Indigo Lounge at Bally's HotelSun Night Apr 2, 2017 - 8pm to ?
Informal Post-Retreat Get-Together in Drai's Indigo Lounge at Bally's Hotel
Say "so long" to your PDR friends until next year in the recently remodeled Drai's Indigo Lounge at Bally's Hotel & Casino.
Indigo Lounge photo by Roy Rendahl.
Other Retreat photos by Roy Rendahl.
Retreat Hotel

Tuscany Suites

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A 27-acre quiet paradise on Flamingo Rd, less than a mile east of The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada
Pool Area at Tuscany Suites & Casino Las Vegas
Tuscany pool photo by Roy Rendahl

Room Rates
$65 Sun-Thurs
$119 Fri & Sat

Call Tuscany at 1-877-887-2261 and ask for "Public Defender Group" rate to reserve your room now.
Reservations must be received by Feb 24, 2017 to guarantee the group rate.  After the cutoff date, reservations will be confirmed on a space and price available basis.  Book your rooms now!

The Tuscany Suites features huge 650-sq-ft suites in a beautiful setting with curved pathways winding through plush landscape, pools, and fountains.

Las Vegas

The average high temperature for March / April in Las Vegas is about 74°F (24°C) and the average low temperature is about 49°F (9°C) with about 16% to 48% humidity, but it can get warmer and cooler than these average temps.  We recommend a jacket or sweater for the evenings (and maybe for the conference room).  Las Vegas averages 320 days of sunshine a year, with average precipitation for March / April at about 0.30 inches (8 mm).

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