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Legal Education Seminar Attendance Urged

Your best weapon against unmeritorous prosecution or lawsuit following use of force in self defense is your own education coupled with being able to bring in your instructors as expert witnesses in your defense. By completing training similar to that which prosecutors, attorneys and judges pursue, you–the armed citizen now trained to the highest standard–are able to show a jury that you have met or exceeded your responsibility to society, having fulfilled your duty to fully grasp when use of force in self defense is allowable.

Though legislative breakthroughs have given armed Americans laws accommodating concealed weapon carry and while other laws clarify circumstances under which the citizen may use force up to and including deadly force to prevent a crime of violence against them, the scrutiny to which self-defense actions are subjected is not diminished. It is surviving the legal aftermath of self defense to which Network members have turned their attention.

Now Network members have an unusual opportunity to increase their training level to that of prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges because they can now study side by side with these legal professionals through our continuing legal education classes.

The Network will teach two continuing legal education seminars in 2012. The first is coming up quickly on June 19 and 20, 2012 in Eden Prairie, a suburb of Minneapolis, MN; the other is July 24 and 25, 2012 near the Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, WA. The meeting rooms are sufficiently large that we have plenty of room in both programs for not only the target audience of defense attorneys, but for other interested students, as well.

In these seminars, education in how to present an affirmative defense to the use of force in self defense blends with factual information about firearms and their defensive applications. To encourage Network members to obtain this documented training, we offer a 10% discount off the $400 tuition price for the two-day seminar.

Introducing the Faculty

Seminar faculty consists of defense attorney James Fleming who is Director of Legal Curriculum Development for the CLE program, Network President Marty Hayes, and Network advisory board member and internationally-recognized instructor and author Massad Ayoob.

Fleming has been a practicing attorney for 28 years and is a Felony Trial Specialist for the Minnesota State Public Defender’s Office. Before becoming an attorney, Fleming was a police officer and has served as an investigator for the Nebraska State Crime Commission. He was also selected as a finalist by the Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission for appointment to the Minnesota District Court Bench in 2008.

Ayoob’s credentials are too extensive to list in one paragraph, but he is probably best known as a prolific author, an instructor of nearly 40-years experience, court-recognized expert witness who has participated in high-profile defenses for defendants including Luis Alvarez, and many, many others. Ayoob is a former Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and is believed to be the only non-attorney to ever hold this position.

In addition to his role as founder and president of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc., Marty Hayes also brings over 20 years experience as firearms instructor and owner of The Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. Over the years he has served as an expert witness in a variety of cases involving firearms. His most prominent case was profiled on 48-Hours Mystery earlier this year.

In the course of their experiences, each instructor has time and again encountered utter ignorance about firearms, and an alarming lack of understanding about justifiable self-defense use of firearms among the defense bar, the judiciary and the jury pool. Only through education can the Network begin to cure this deficit, and our CLE faculty has worked hard to develop a two-day seminar to that end.

We encourage your participation in these seminars. Further details and registration information is at

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