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National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)

About the NCDD


  • Executive Director: Rhea Kirk

Mission and History

NCDD was formed in 1995 by ten (10) criminal defense attorneys, who are now known as the "Founding Fathers" of the organization. The Founding Fathers invited approximately 100 other DUI defense attorneys from across the United States to help form the National College for DUI Defense.

The National College for DUI Defense®, Inc. (NCDD), is the largest non-profit, professional organization of attorneys focused specifically on defending DUI and DUI-related criminal charges. The purpose of the organization is to provide education, training, and recognition to this specialized area of criminal defense. 

For more than 20 years, NCDD has had as its members the brightest and best DUI defense lawyers in the United States.




Virtual Forensic Library Tutorial from NCDD

Board Certification in DUI Defense Law by the NCDD

National College for DUI Defense, Board Certified Specialist, DUI Defense Law

According to the NCDD website, the NCDD is the only organization in the country accredited to grant Attorneys Board Certification in DUI Defense Law. The ABA accreditation program is currently recognized in 20 states, although some states have additional requirements for approval. At last count, approximately 45 attorneys had earned board certification in DUI Defense Law.

In 2003, the American Bar Association (ABA) acknowledged DUI Defense Law as a specialty area in the practice of criminal defense. In 2004, the ABA authorized its "Certificate of Accreditation" to the NCDD Board Certification program. Four years later, the American Bar Association re-accredited the NCDD program for certified DUI defense lawyers.

At Lawyer Legion, we acknowledge attorneys who have earned board certification in DUI defense law in online attorney directory. Use our directory to find a board certified DUI defense attorney in your state that has earned board certification from the NCDD. You can search by the attorney's name or look at all board certified attorneys in DUI Defense Law in a particular state.


Board of Regents

Paul Richard Burglin
Dean, Regent
San Rafael, CA
Doug Murphy
Houston, TX
Mimi Coffey
Fort Worth, TX
David S Katz
Orlando, FL
Virginia Louise Landry
Laguna Hills, CA
Donald John Ramsell
Wheaton, IL

Recipients of the Erwin-Taylor Award

The NCDD presents the "Erwin-Taylor Award" (originally called the "Richard E. Erwin Lifetime Achievement Award") to attorneys in recognition of their contributions to drunk driving defense.

Victor W. Carmody Jr.
Flowood, MS
W Troy McKinney
Houston, TX
Leslie F Hulnick
Wichita, KS
Steven Oberman
Knoxville, TN
J Gary Trichter
Houston, TX
Phillip Boyd Price Sr
Huntsville, AL

NCDD Members Active on Lawyer Legion

William C. Head
William C. Head, PC
Atlanta, GA
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Kevin Bennett
The Law Office of Kevin Bennett
Austin, TX
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Brian Joslyn
Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm
Columbus, OH
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Stephen Lyle Hamilton
Texas Criminal Defense Group
Lubbock, TX
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Daniel R Perlman
Perlman & Cohen - Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers
Los Angeles, CA
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Lawrence Abram Kohn
Kohn & Yager LLC
Atlanta, GA
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Contact the NCDD

National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
445 S Decatur Street
Montgomery, 36104
Office: (334) 264-1950
Fax: (334) 264-1920

More About the NCDD

NCDD Sponsored CLE Seminars

NCDD members must attend at least one seminar every two (2) years that is sponsored or co-sponsored by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) or a state seminar approved by NCDD, Inc. NCDD sponsors or co-sponsors several seminars each year including:

  • a three-day seminar held each summer at Harvard Law School (the Summer Session);
  • a seminar each spring in New Orleans, Louisiana, called the "Mastering Scientific Evidence" seminar (the Spring Session); and
  • a winter seminar that is held at various locations across the United States (the Winter Session).

NCDD also sponsors several state seminars throughout the year and across the country that are co-sponsored by a state bar association or state criminal defense association.

The 2023 Winter Session is scheduled for January 12, 2023 - January 13, 2023, at the Andaz San Diego Hotel. in San Diego, CA. The scheduled presentations include:

  • Opening: Facing Death. Higher Stakes, Bereaved Families, and Sleepless Nights.NCDD
    • Dean Andrew Mishlove
  • The State’s Investigation, and What you Need to Do Right Now.
    • Hon. Catherine V. Evans
  • Accident Reconstruction: Human Factors and Physics
    • Daniel R. Billington II, Accident Reconstructionist
  • Voir Dire in the Death or Serious Injury Case
    • Virginia L. Landry
  • Case Study: A Trial Story: Winning the Vehicular Murder Charge by Mitigation.
    • G. Cole Casey
  • Case Study: A Trial Story: Winning the Vehicular Homicide Charge by Impeaching the State’s Reconstruction Engineer.
    • Dennis Melowski
  • Sentencing: The Worst has Happened. The Scales Cannot be Balanced. We Need a Story of Context and Redemption.
    • Dean Andrew Mishlove
  • Issues in Forensic Pathology
    • John Hunsucker
  • Case Study: A Case of Chirality: Chemistry Defense in a DUI Meth Homicide
    • Amanda K. Riek & David Bolles
  • Pretrial Litigation in the Serious Case: Motions in Limine, Daubert, Suppression, Etc.
    • Lara J. Gressley
  • Restitution: How to Use Available Insurance and Avoid the Double Dip.
    • Lynn Gorelick
  • Case Study: A Trial Story: From the Lab to the Verdict. Winning by Impeaching the Chemist
    • Donald J. Ramsell
  • The Kyle Rittenhouse Case. Winning the High-Profile Homicide: “I Don’t Represent Causes, I Represent Clients!”
    • Mark Richards

The cost to attend the seminar in person depends on the membership level including: 

  • $575 - NCDD Member
  • $750 - Non-Member
  • $250 - Individual Public Defender
  • $150 - Individual Public Defenders (from the same office) per person


The cost to attend the seminar through live streaming also depends on the membership level including: 

  • $525 - NCDD Member
  • $700 - Non-Member
  • $500 - Public Defender Agency

Other upcoming seminars for 2023 include:

  • 2023 Mastering Scientific Evidence on March 30, 2023 - March 31, 2023, at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA; and
  • Serious Science: Advanced Course in Blood Alcohol Analysis & Trial Advocacy from June 09, 2023 - June 14, 2023, in Arlington, TX.

Benefits of Membership

Applicants to be a general member in NCDD must be eligible to practice law in the United States, Canada or Australia, demonstrate substantial current involvement in the practice area of DUI defense and other related crimes, and provide two reference letters showing competency in DUI defense and good character.

Attorneys who serve in any capacity, part-time or full-time, with a law enforcement agency or prosecutor's office, are not eligible to join NCDD.

The primary benefits of joining NCDD include:

  • CLE seminars sponsored by NCDD;
  • Access to advanced training in Standardized Field Sobriety Training, Breath Alcohol Defenses, Blood Alcohol Defenses, Gas Chromatography for Alcohol Tests, and Mass Spectrometry for Drug Tests;
  • Access to the "DUI Appeal of the Day" discussion forum;
  • A subscription to the quarterly NCDD Journal;
  • Access to email discussion groups where members can ask questions and share information with other members and carefully selected experts;
  • The opportunity to earn a designation as "Board Certified" from the NCDD if the applicant meets certain requirements of trial experience and passes a written and oral examination;
  • A listing in the "Find an Attorney" directory on the NCDD website; and
  • Access to an extensive online library of scientific and legal articles related to DUI / DWI litigation.

NCDD Awards

Trial Advocacy Award: This award goes to the NCDD member who has most personified the mission of the National College through an aggressive, creative and ethical trial practice dedicated to defending those accused of impaired driving.  This individual has set themselves apart in their local community as a premier DUI defense trial attorney and has litigated a number of DUI-related cases to verdict.  This individual is recognized, in his/her local legal community, as a tenacious yet ethical litigator.

NCDD Leadership Award: This award goes to the NCDD member who has most personified the mission of the National College through their ability and willingness to lead in their local legal community or their local community at large.  This individual demonstrates their leadership skills by heading and/or leading a legal organization, charitable organization, community group, educational organization or other, who’s primary purpose is to better the life of others. This individual is well-known in their local community for their work in these areas.

NCDD Public Defender of the Year Award:  This award goes to the NCDD Public Defender member who has most personified the mission of the National College through their relentless pursuit of justice on behalf of their clients, with an emphasis on impaired driving cases.  This public defender has demonstrated a thirst for knowledge that is only matched by their tenacity in court.  This Public Defender has set themselves apart in their local legal community as a tenacious, compassionate and ethical advocate for their clients.

Appellate Advocacy Award: This award goes to the NCDD member who has most personified the mission of the National College through a creative, thoughtful, intellectual and ethical appellate practice dedicated to preserving the rights of the accused, with an emphasis in driving related cases.  This individual has set themselves apart in the local legal community as a premier appellate attorney, whose knowledge of the law and ability to articulate it in writing and word, are matched by few others. This individual may have led and/or participated in a major appellate project which significantly preserved the rights of those accused of impaired driving in their state, via amicus or on the national level.

Directory of DUI Defense Attorneys in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of DUI defense lawyers that includes both NCDD members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a drunk or impaired driving defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NCDD and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NCDD Past Presidents, Founding Members, Sustaining Members, those who have earned Board Certification in DUI Defense Law from the NCDD, and NCDD members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the NCDD.

Use this directory to find a DUI defense attorney in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

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