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Lori Jensen

Executive Director
90 Beech Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452






2017 Officers


Ted Kenney

Devin McLaughlin


Josh O'Hara


Mary Kay Lanthier


Public Defender:
Emily Tredeau

At-Large Directors:

(3-year terms expiring 2018)

Stephanie Foley

Dan McManus


(3-year terms expiring 2019)

David Silver

Frank Twarog


(3-year terms expiring 2019)

Rob Sussman

Paul Volk





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Friday, October 27, 2017

Middlebury Inn, Middlebury, Vermont

8:30am Registration, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Program




  • Case Themes; the Pitfalls and Opportunities in Voir Dire; Opening Statements; DRE Cross Examination (the Science, the DRE Exam Process, and Tactics, Strategies, and Procedure); the Decision on Whether to Call an Expert; Should Your Client Testify; and Closing Arguments. 
    Speaker:  Michael Delsignore


  • Advice to give clients faced with the decision of whether to submit to an evidentiary breath test in alcohol cases, or a warrantless blood test in DUI-drug cases post Birchfield.  
    Speakers:  Stephanie Foley & Rebecca Turner


  • 420° Perspective: Getting Ahead of, Around, and Behind the State’s Evidence of Drug Impaired Driving.  Join Jason Sawyer and Frank Twarog for a nuts-and-bolts presentation on everything from discovery requests to drafting successful suppression motions.  More contemporaneous than Coburn, relevant than Rifkin, and beyond Birchfield, we’ll also cover current caselaw (but not quite as obscure as Ormsbee).  SPEAKERS: Jason Sawyer & Frank Twarog


  • How to Win a DUI-Drug Trial.  Devin McLaughlin and Tim Fair will present the defenses which were successful in two recent trials, focusing on cross-examination of the arresting officer and DRE, and Stephanie Foley will share invaluable insights from her interviews of jurors in the two trials, with two of the jurors joining us to directly share their thoughts and answer questions. 

           SPEAKERS: Devin McLaughlin, Tim Fair & Stephanie Foley.





Michael Designore, Esq.-  Michael is a distinguished Massachusetts criminal defense attorney.  He graduated from the University of Connecticut Law School in 2001 with honorary distinction.  He is an active member of the National College of DUI Defense and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He regularly attends and contributes to criminal defense seminars throughout the country.  Michael has published numerous books and contributed to DUI defense publications.  He has written two books, Understanding Massachusetts OUI Laws and Facing an OUI Charge in Massachusetts and has contributed material for Witness Preparation and Examination in DUI proceedings, and Trends in DUI Discovery, Understand the Prosecutor’s Perspective to Build a DUI Defense Strategy.


Tim Fair, Esq. - Tim has been an associate with the firm of Blodgett, Watts & Volk, P.C. since 2013.  Prior to his position with the firm, Tim clerked for both the Franklin and Chittenden County Public Defender’s Offices.  Tim also completed a semester-long internship with the Barre, VT firm of Williams & Gray, LLC, working on a variety of legal matters.  Tim graduated from the Woodbury Institute at Champlain College, with a B.S. in Pre-Law, in 2009 and Vermont Law School in 2012.  Prior to attending law school, Tm spent four years as a skydiving instructor in Vermont, Florida and Arizona.  In his free time, Tim enjoys skiing, playing piano, and singing Karaoke.  He currently lives in South Burlington, Vermont with his German Shepherd, Dexter.


Stephanie Foley, Esq.- Stephanie obtained her BA from Rutgers University and her law degree from Vermont Law School.  She is currently a partner at the law firm of Lynch & Foley, P.C. (formerly Deppman & Foley, P.C.) in Middlebury and has been practicing in the field of criminal law since 1998.  She brings unique insight to the defense bar as a former local prosecutor, which has assisted with her success in private practice since 2004.  Stephanie is a past-president and current board member of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is also a member of the Vermont Association for Justice, and is a past presenter for VTACDL in ethics and DUI law.  Stephanie is also active in her community, serving as a Guardian ad Litem, a participant in the Vermont Educational Surrogate Parent Program, and an officer on the board of the Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association.  Outside of the practice of law and volunteering, Stephanie enjoys a wide variety of sports, including tennis, telemark skiing, waterskiing, platform tennis, and a renewed interest in golf, and is the captain of Lynch & Foley, P.C.’s softball team, “the Firm!”


Devin McLaughlin, Esq. - Devin has been with the firm of Langrock, Sperry & Wool in Middlebury since 1994.  A substantial portion of his practice is criminal defense.  Devin is the president-elect of VTACDL, and is on the Criminal Rules Committee of the Vermont Supreme Court.  Devin graduated from Princeton University and Georgetown Law School, and clerked at the Vermont Supreme Court and Second Circuit.

Jason Sawyer, Esq. - Jason has been defending those accused of DUI, DUID, and other driving offenses for almost two decades.  He is a past president of VTACDL and has been a member of the National College for DUI Defense for over ten years and has completed their intensive Summer Session at Harvard University and their Mastering Scientific Evidence Seminars in New Orleans multiple times.  He frequently consults with experts on SFST/DRE administration and performance in addition to working with chemists regarding chemical testing, and has lectured on DUI defense strategies at multiple conferences and CLE’s.  When he is not standing up for his clients and holding law enforcement accountable, he enjoys skiing, boating, kayaking, golfing, and discussing defense strategies with his NCDD and VTACDL colleagues.


Rebecca Turner, Esq. - Rebecca is the supervising attorney of the Appellate Division of the Office of the Defender General.  She has been an appellate defender for over ten years. Prior to this, Rebecca was a criminal-immigration attorney and focused on deportation defense in the Washington D.C. area. Rebecca went to the University of New Mexico School of Law and Oberlin College.


Frank Twarog, Esq. - Frank grew up in Boston and moved to Vermont in 1991.  After a brief, but storied career as a restorer and off- road driving instructor for Land Rover, Frank returned to the classroom as a student at Suffolk Law School in 1999.  Finding his resumé to be at best intriguing, or at worst fraudulent, Jim Murdoch and Kurt Hughes set their otherwise sound judgment aside and hired him as an intern, then enforcer, then associate.  17 years on, Frank maintains a good relationship with his partners and occasionally finds success on behalf of his clients in the Criminal and Family Divisions.  He is a member of NCC (the National College for DUI Defense—an invitation-only organization dedicated to allegations involving impaired driving), TT (Thirsty Thursday—an organization involved in impaired discussions by local residents of Hinesburg), and is affiliated with a number of other legal organizations including AAJ, CCBA, NAFDD, NACDL, VTAJ, VBA, and most importantly, VTACDL.


Thank you for registering for our CLE! 


Questions?  Contact VTACDL Executive Director Lori Jensen at (802) 343-4628 or email vtacdl@gmail.com.




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