NCDC Staff

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Laura Hogue, Dean

Laura Hogue graduated magna cum laude from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1991. In 1997, Laura and her husband, Franklin J. Hogue, formed the law firm of Hogue & Hogue, LLP, and since that time, Laura has been representing individuals accused of crimes throughout the state of Georgia, trying cases in both state and federal courts, and handling appeals and post-conviction matters in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Laura serves as adjunct professor at Mercer’s Law School and is a board member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. After being a faculty member of NCDC for seven years, she is proud to continue Deryl’s legacy and to enthusiastically lead the College’s premier faculty and dedicated staff.


Deryl Danztler, Dean Emeritus

Deryl has been a criminal defense lawyer since 1970. She joined the faculty of the National College for Criminal Defense in 1976 and served as Dean of NCDC from its inception in 1985 through 2015. Deryl is now a retired faculty member of the Mercer Law School.


Diana Becker, Executive Director

Diana assumes some hard-to-fill shoes as Rosie Flanagan enters her well-deserved retirement.  Originally from Hawkinsville, Georgia, Diana was graduated from Wesleyan College and then made Macon her home.  She has 22 years of experience in banking, and as a community volunteer and board member of several area non-profit organizations, she brings a multitude of knowledge and Middle Georgia contacts to NCDC. Diana will facilitate the management of the NCDC finances and investments and will be the point of contact for NCDC Faculty members.  Her responsibilities will also include the management of scholarship funds, website administration, and other technological upgrades for the College.  When not hard at work on NCDC projects, Diana enjoys life in the country with her husband Will and their dogs Dillon, Flea, and Mutt.


Bellamy Johnston, Program Director

Bellamy joined NCDC in 1995, on April Fool's day. (It's an NCDC thing.)  Nine times out of ten, when you call, it'll be Bellamy that you're speaking to. She takes care of your CLE credits and can help you with any questions you may have regarding your state's requirements. She will process your application, contact your office to coordinate with you and help with any dietary or travel needs that you may have. She's also the nicest person we've ever known.