Kobie Flowers attends four-day Midwinter Meeting & Seminar with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and discusses anti-racist lawyering in the wake of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

Brown, Goldstein & Levy partner Kobie Flowers attended the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Midwinter Meeting & Seminar from February 23 to 26. The meeting, held in Austin, Texas, was one of 13 annual NACDL seminars that brings together the country’s foremost lawyers and legal experts in the criminal defense space.

At the Board Meeting, the Board Members addressed many pressing issues. One issue centered on the defense lawyering in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, who was murdered while jogging in Glynn County, Georgia. The three perpetrators, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan were each sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2022 and were later found guilty of attempted kidnapping and hate crimes. The NACDL seminar discussed whether one of the defense lawyers in the state murder case should be allowed to use racist tropes in the service of her client. The NACDL Board passed a Resolution stating that defense lawyers are not to engage in racist or dehumanizing tactics in the service of their clients.


Kobie Flowers is a trial lawyer with over twenty years of courtroom experience. He has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States and internationally in the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay. Kobie typically represents high-profile clients in high-stakes criminal investigations, civil litigation, internal investigation, or trials.