Maintaining Professionalism in an Adversarial System

Includes a Live Web Event on 07/18/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)


Live Webinar: Maintaining Professionalism in an Adversarial System

July 18, 2023 

2:00 - 3:30 pm EST

90-minute presentation 

1.50 CLE Credit

This CLE will focus on how to approach defense attorneys who utilize tactics such as improperly accusing the prosecution of misconduct, deploying an unnecessarily aggressive demeanor, or simply being unreasonable and obstructing the flow of a case.  Techniques for both maintaining your sanity, upholding the dignity of our profession and effectively neutralizing these approaches will be explored.  Additionally, special consideration will be given to the Rules of Professional Conduct that address interaction between attorneys and what these rules can tell us about handling these situations.


Members: $100

Non-members: $125

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NDAA’s mission to serve and support prosecutors and their staff. In consideration of this commitment, NDAA requires that all those in attendance of our programs currently work in or work closely with prosecution: NDAA invites prosecutors, lawyers and paralegals in local, state, tribal, federal and military government attorneys’ offices. If you are not sure about your eligibility, please contact


Please contact

David Lord

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

City of Alexandria

David Lord is the Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria, Virginia; an adjunct professor in Criminal Procedure at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia School of Law; and a published author.  He has been employed as a prosecutor for over 17 years and has broad litigation experience, having tried 59 cases to trial before a jury and many hundreds more as bench trials. In addition to his work as a trial attorney, David has developed an expertise in prosecutorial ethics and David teaches on that topic at multiple conferences each year. He is on the permanent faculty of Trauma to Trial and Prosecutor’s Bootcamp, two statewide training conferences for Virginia prosecutors.  David also provides individual workshops on legal ethics and professionalism.  David has previously taught on white collar crimes, mental health law, proactive prosecution, and diversity issues. David also spends time researching and writing on legal ethics and has published the following articles on this topic: -Breaking the Faustian Bargain: Using Ethical Norms to Level the Playing Field in Criminal Plea Bargaining, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. XXXV. -Give em' the Ol' Razzle Dazzle: The Ethics of Trial Advocacy and the Case of Kyle Rittenhouse , Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Vol. 27, Issue 2. -In Defense of the Juggernaut: The Ethical and Constitutional Argument for Prosecutorial Discretion, American University's Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Vol. 31, Issue 1 (upcoming, 2022). As a prosecutor, David supervises multiple other attorneys and works with the Alexandria Treatment Court, a program that seeks to help divert from conviction and incarceration individuals with substance use disorder that engage in nonviolent felony offenses. David’s prior dockets have included the prosecution of adult sex crimes, homicides, robberies, fraud/embezzlement offenses, asset forfeiture, juvenile delinquency, gang crimes and traffic cases. David is a former President of the Alexandria Bar Association.  David is a recipient of the 2017 Warren B. Von Schuch Distinguished Assistant Award, the 2014, 2015, and 2020 S. Randolph Sengel Award for Prosecutorial Excellence, the 2017 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award, and the 2019 Michael R. Doucette Lecturer of Merit Award.

Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.50 hour

Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.50 hour NDAA has applied for CLE credit in Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennslyvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. based on state requirements and guidelines. All other attorneys seeking CLE credit should contact their state bar for more information. At the conclusion of the course and after completion of the electronic evaluation survey, all attendees will receive a uniform continuing education certificate that they may use to report their continuing education hours to their state bar or reporting agency. Questions regarding CLE can be directed to Assistant Director, Courtney Jan at


Maintaining Professionalism in an Adversarial System
07/18/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  90 minutes
07/18/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  90 minutes
9 Questions
CLE Certificate of Attendance
1.50 General credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 General credits  |  Certificate available