NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE FACULTY
Denise de La Rue
Denise de La Rue lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is an attorney and trial consultant, specializing in jury selection, witness preparation, pre-trial research and trial strategy. She consults on trials throughout the United States, in both criminal and civil cases and was the jury consultant for the defense in State of South Carolina vs. Susan Smith, U.S. vs. Theodore Kaczynski , State of Georgia vs. Ray Lewis, U.S. v. Eric Rudolph, and U.S. v. Richard Scrushy, and U.S. vs. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. She is a faculty member of National Criminal Defense College, and has been on faculty at the Institute of Criminal Defense Advocacy at California Western School of Law, Western Institute of Trial Advocacy in Laramie, Wyoming, the Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Kessler Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University School of Law. She has been an adjunct professor at Georgia State University College of Law, and is a frequent lecturer at law schools, and continuing legal education seminars throughout the U.S.
Denise deLaRue has a B.S. Degree with Distinction in Psychology from Georgia State University and a J.D. Degree from Georgia State University College of Law.
She was Recipient of the 2001 Glenda Hatchett Volunteer of the Year Award, for
the Truancy Intervention Project, Fulton County, Georgia and is proud of and gratified
by her work as a volunteer lawyer with this remarkable project.
Owner, Sam Dennis Law
Sam Dennis is the owner and founder of Sam D. Dennis, P.C. in Valdosta, Georgia, a law firm representing injured people and citizens under attack by their government.
Sam is a lifetime resident of Valdosta, attending St. John Catholic School and Lowndes County High School. Sam graduated from Valdosta State University with a BS in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration. He also studied at the world-renowned Magdalene College in Oxford, England. He received his JD from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Sam began practicing law in 1995 and founded his law practice in 2001. He has won hundreds of cases for his clients, earning a reputation as one of Georgia’s top lawyers. He is passionately committed to justice and public safety.
Sam served as the President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) for two consecutive years 2014 and 2015. He has served as the Vice President of the GACDL off and on for many years and he is a Life Member of the association. Sam is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA). Sam has served as former Chairman of the Judicial Council of Georgia, Board of Court Reporting. He is a board member of the Board of Directors for the Community Defender Organization for the Eleventh Circuit District Court.
In addition to teaching with the Bill Daniel Program since its creation, Sam has been a member of the National Criminal Defense College faculty since 1998 and has lectured and taught nationally and internationally on the topics of Cross Examination, Impeachment, Voir Dire, Opening Statements, Scientific Evidence, Expert Testimony, and all aspects of trial advocacy.
Sam lives in Valdosta with his wife and four children. He is an avid hunter, angler, gun collector, and model airplane enthusiast. He is an active member at St. John’s Catholic Church.
Recent Teaching History
Partner, Perry & Walters, LLP
Pete Donaldson is a 1972 Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Georgia, Lumpkin School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of The Georgia Law Review, taught legal writing and bibliography to first year students and was active in other law related social and professional organizations.
Following Law School, and while beginning his practice, Mr. Donaldson served the United States Army Reserve (Military Police), reaching the rank of Captain before his Honorable Discharge in 1976.
Mr. Donaldson has successfully tried civil and criminal cases before juries in the Courts of Georgia from Atlanta to Macon to Columbus to Savannah and each of the twenty five counties in Southwest Georgia. His Federal experience includes jury and non jury litigation in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia and the Northern District of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, serves on the faculties of State and National Trial Practice Programs, has held numerous offices in local and State bar groups, and is a past president of the 1,600 member Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is listed among “Georgia Super Lawyers.” He has been appointed by State and Federal Courts to serve on various Commissions and Committees.
His trial experience includes criminal defense and civil litigation for individual and corporate plaintiffs and defendants, probate litigation and appellate practice, with over fifty reported cases in the Appellate Courts of Georgia and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Recent Teaching History
2020 Online Cross (July Session)
2018 Trial Practice Institute in Macon (July Session)
Federal Defender Program, Inc
Mildred “Millie” Geckler Dunn has passionately represented indigent clients accused of federal crimes as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program, Inc. since April 1993. Millie has tried more than 30 cases and has successfully represented death row inmates in habeas corpus. Millie handles a variety of federal cases, ranging from racketeering offenses, drug distribution, bank and Hobb’s Act robbery cases, carjacking cases, firearms and explosives crimes, fraud and financial crimes, child pornography and enticement crimes, and immigration offenses. Millie continues her representation through sentencing and at appeal, proudly continuing her advocacy for her clients.
Millie was born and raised in Carol City, Florida. She earned a BA in English with High Honors in 1986 from the University of Florida, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Florida’s College of Law. While studying law, Millie clerked for Judge Robert Cates and was a research assistant for three professors. After graduation, Millie joined Vincent, Corey, Taylor and Feil’s complex commercial litigation section in Atlanta. Millie is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and has taught at numerous CLE programs, covering diverse topics such as cross-examination, ethical considerations in white collar crime cases, Constitutional challenges, the Rules of Evidence, guideline issues, challenging sentencing enhancements, and effective trial techniques.
Millie has also spent many years advocating for children, through her positions on the North Atlanta High School Local School Counsel, the NAHS Arts Counsel, and her service of the board of a local non-profit Theatre Conservatory. Millie is married to Tom Dunn, who has been a JAG Corps Officer, Executive Director of the Georgia Resource Center, and First Assistant Capital Defender for Western New York. Tom currently teaches Law and Social Justice at South Atlanta High School, as well as leading the Mock Trial Program, Skills USA Program, and Boys Making History mentorship program. Together Tom and Millie have 7 wonderful children and there is never a dull moment.
Recent Teaching History