2019 KCDAA Spring Conference
June 6-7, 2019
Embassy Suites, Olathe


ALL CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE.  Registration opening soon!


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CLE Approved: 14.0 hours, 2.0 Ethics


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Registration Fees:

On or Before 5/24/2019
Members - $100.00
Assoc. Members - $155.00
Non-Members - $285.00

After 5/24/2019
Members - $125.00
Assoc. Members - $185.00
Non-Members - $385.00

The earlybird registration deadline is May 24, 2019. The final online registration deadline is May 31, 2019.  If you are unable to register by May 31, 2019, you will need to register onsite at the conference.


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CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:  All cancellation/refund requests must be made in writing to the KCDAA office to kari@kearneyandassociates.com. Requests made prior to May 24, 2019 will be refunded less a $25 processing fee. Requests received after May 24, 2019 will not be refunded. No exceptions.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Please contact the KCDAA office at (785) 232-5822 or kari@kearneyandassociates.com if you have any special needs or food allergies. Provisions will be provided for participants with special needs or food allergies if we are notified by May 24, 2019.

HELPFUL INFORMATION:  Due to different temperature preferences among individuals, it is a good idea to wear layers.

Questions? Contact Kari Presley, event planner, at 785-232-5822 or kari@kearneyandassociates.com.

Featured Speakers:

Nigel I. Farinha 


Nigel I. Farinha is currently the Chief of Gang Prosecutions for the Special Narcotics Prosecutor of the City of New York. Mr. Farinha has been a New York County Assistant District Attorney for over Twenty years. He is one of the founding members of the Narcotics Gang Unit, which is responsible for the prosecution of organized, violent street crime within the five boroughs of New York City. In the relatively short time that his unit has been in existence, Mr. Farinha has received several awards including the 2017 New York City Bar Association’s Thomas E. Dewey Medal Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Office of the District Attorney, The International Narcotic Enforcement  Officer’s Annual Award of Honor, The Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Enforcement, The Office of Special Narcotics Annual Achievement Award for the Outstanding Assistant District Attorney of the Year, The St. Paul’s Church Achievement Award for Outstanding Public Servant of the Year and The Hamilton Heights Block Association Annual Award for Outstanding Community Contribution. 


In 2003 Mr. Farinha was promoted to the rank of Senior Trial Counsel, and in that capacity he prosecuted several high profile cases including the trial of the “Nine Trey Gangsters” reportedly the very first Bloods Gang Sect to organize in New York City, and also the “untouchables” a notorious “push-in” robbery crew. In 2007 he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of his division before assuming his current role of Prosecution Chief in 2011. In 2016, Mr. Farinha served as lead trial counsel in two murder trials involving the Crips Gang Sect controlled by Epic Records rapper “Bobby Shmurda” resulting in lengthy prison sentences for the most violent members of his crew. 


Mr. Farinha has given several lectures on gang enforcement including to The Deputy Commissioner’s Office of the NYPD, The National College of District Attorneys, The New York County Lawyers Association, The MAGLOCLEN Annual Violent Gang Conference, The National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, and The National Black Prosecutors Association. He has served as a Faculty Assistant during the National College of District Attorney’s Annual Career Prosecutor course in Charleston, South Carolina. He has also been a Trial Advisor for the District Attorney of New York’s Trial Advocacy program for new Assistant District Attorneys, for over nine years. 


Mr. Farinha was asked to serve on Police Commissioner Bratton’s 2015 Reengineering Committee and tasked with the job of reorganizing the NYPD’s Gang Division. He is also a frequent lecturer on search warrant practice at the Port Authority Police Department, and a guest lecturer on ethical legal practice at York College. 


He is currently the Immediate Past President and Executive Board member of the Local Chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association. He is a member of the DANY Permanent Hiring Board, A founding member of the DANY Diversity Outreach Committee, a certified New York City EEOC counselor for the Office of Special Narcotics, A Board Member and Chairman of the Global Leadership and Achievement Foundation, and an active member of The Jersey City

Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 


Mr. Farinha has been a prosecutor since 1996, but a lawyer since 1992. Prior to joining the New York County District Attorney’s office, Mr. Farinha worked as an associate for two New Jersey law firms; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin and Davis, and Smith, Stratton, Weiss, Herr and Brennan. He is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of law. 



Amber Widgery is a senior policy specialist in the Criminal Justice Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She specializes in issues related to drug crime, capital punishment, and pretrial policy including deflection, diversion, treatment courts and forensic mental health services. Her work at NCSL includes tracking and analyzing state legislation, providing research support to state legislatures, testifying for legislative committees, and publishing briefs, articles and reports on important legislative trends. Before joining NCSL, Amber worked as a student prosecutor and served as a fellow in both the Colorado General Assembly and the House of Commons in London. She earned her B.A. in political science and history from Colorado State University, holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School, and is a member of the Colorado Bar.


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