Ethics of Plea Bargaining

March 23, 2022

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET
90-minute presentation includes Q and A
CLE: 1.50 Ethics Credits

Plea bargaining constitutes an enormous portion of a prosecutor’s workload and yet, we are given little ethical guidance on how to do this part of our job.  In this ninety-minute webinar, career prosecutor and ethics instructor David Lord will discuss modern criticism of plea bargaining and will offer a framework that you can use when negotiating cases that advances due process, while also ensuring compliance with your ethical obligations.  In addition to discussing the lessons we can take away from high-profile cases like Bill Cosby, this session will also help navigate tough issues such as how to address a defendant’s collateral consequences when making a plea offer and whether exculpatory evidence has to be disclosed as part of the plea-bargaining process.

Presented by:
David Lord
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Alexandria, VA

Members: $75
Non-Members: $85
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OnDemand Access:
This particular live webinar will also be available as a recorded session. For those of you who may not be able to join us live you may also purchase the recorded version for the same price.

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.50 ethics hours

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 Project Coordinator, Courtney Jan at

Prosecutors (state and local, federal, military, and tribal), law enforcement personnel, paralegals with prosecutor’s offices and other members of the prosecution team.

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If the virtual training is recorded, the attendee will receive a link with the course materials and webinar recording that will be active for one month. If the recording is not available for dissemination, NDAA requires 14 days prior notice in order to have a credit applied to the invoice. Training credit must be applied to a new registration prior to September 30, 2022. As always, substitutions are accepted at any time. Note, NDAA regrets that cash refunds are not available. Please submit all requests to NDAA in writing via email to Logan Silverman at

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