Virtual Summer Series

NDIA 2021 Virtual Summer Series

For Criminal Defense Investigators, Mitigation Specialists, Paralegals, Social Workers and Attorneys

Presented by the National Defender Investigator Association, the 2021 Virtual Summer Series is offering a variety of 1-Hour Training Sessions, across a bi-weekly schedule from May through September via Zoom Webinar or Large Meeting.

Members can take advantage of the Free Registration, while Non-Members have the option of a Paid Registration or a Paid Registration Plus 1-Year NDIA Membership - both for the same price! Please review our website, particularly the Membership Benefits section, and come join the NDIA Family!

MEMBERS ONLY: Weaved in around the 2021 Virtual Summer Series will be Monthly Virtual Networking Events, including a Virtual Awards Ceremony to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Members in 2020.





Final Scheduleis COMPLETE and has been UPDATED (6.28.2021). See Below for Confirmed Speakers/Topics Schedule.

CE Hours: Virtual Session (1-Hour) approved to fill the academic CEU training requirements for Criminal Defender Investigation Training Council, Center for Investigative Studies (CDITC). Certificate(s) will be issued for each eligible 1-Hour Virtual Session attended (noted by ** after the Session Title, 4 in Total), provided a passing grade is achieved on the follow-up test for each of the approved Sessions. Testing is a new requirement due to the virtual nature of the training. Please submit your certificate to CDITC via email to


Thursday, May 6, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST Examining Cell Phone Forensics Reports (Quick Start Guide)**
  Mike Udvardy, Founder, Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative / eLab Forensics LLC (CT)
  Jim Oulundsen, Laboratory Director, eLab Forensics LLC (CT)
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST What Makes a Good Investigator? (Panel Discussion)
  Seana Holland, Investigation Supervisor/Intern Director, Georgetown Univ. Law Center (DC)
  Alison Horn, Investigative Supervisor, Civil Rights Corps (DC)
  Rachel Primo, Chief Investigator, NDS Detroit (MI)
Thursday, June 3, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST JusticeText
  Devshi Mehrotra, CEO/Co-Founder, JusticeText
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST FOIA and Other Four Letter Words
  Keri Blakinger, Investigative Reporter, The Marshall Project (TX)
Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 1:00-2:00pm EST* Conducting Community Research and Connecting It to Your Client
  Heather Barrow, Investigator/Mitigation Specialist, Middle District of Florida CHU (FL)
  *NDIA collaborating with Arc, Inc. for this Session
Thursday, July 1, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST The School to Prison Pipeline and Understanding Your Client's History
  Lauren Mims, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Educational Psychology, Ball State Univ.
Thursday, July 8, 2021, 1:00-2:00pm EST Open Source Intelligence Investigations on TikTok
  Rob Douglas, CEO and Co-Founder, SkopeNow (NY)
  Mike Pekala, Director of Sales, SkopeNow (NY)
Thursday, July 29, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST YouTube Hacks & How to Find What You Need
  Jon Lyon, President, Lyon Legal Logistics (IL)
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST The Impact of Team Dynamics on Client Outcomes
  Anupama Vishwamitra, Director of Mitigation, Office of the Georgia Capital Defender (GA)
  Gabrielle Amber Pittman, Supervising Trial Attorney, Office of the Georgia Capital Defender (GA)
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST Open Source Investigation: Search Engines and Advanced Social Media**
  Kit Rees, Investigative Specialist, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (DC)
Thursday, September 9, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST Firearm Classifications**
  Daniel O'Kelly, Director, International Firearm Specialist Academy (TX)
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST Mitigation 101
  Elizabeth Vartkessian, Executive Director, ARC, Inc.
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST De-Escalation / Hostile Witnesses in a 'Post-COVID' World**
  Bruni Marrero, Director of Investigative Services, The Legal Aid Society (NY)