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DEPARTMENT OF FORENSIC SCIENCE TRAINING

    The Department of Forensic Science will be offering two training courses this fall for attorneys and judges: a day-long training on DNA and a four-hour training on DUI/DUID.  For additional information, including how to apply to attend the trainings, please click on the relevant links below.


The application deadline to attend the trainings is August 1, 2019.

WELCOME 
PUBLIC DEFENDER 
MEMBERS!


"Off-season" Lobbying with
Justice Forward Virginia

Partners in Justice,

Now that we have our list of 2019-20 legislative priorities, Justice Forward hopes to get an early start on legislative advocacy. Along those lines, we're preparing to meet with key legislators this summer to start discussing the types of reforms that could help repair our broken justice system.

We'll be sharing more about the legislation we hope to propose in the near future -- we know that we'll be advocating for bail reform, discovery reform, and to end the "trial penalty" or "trial tax" in Virginia. In the meantime, we're signing up volunteers to help with our summer lobbying push. If you've attended one of our lobby days, this will be familiar to you -- we're doing essentially the same thing, except meeting with legislators in their district offices rather than in their Richmond.

If you're interested in joining us in August and September to lobby for criminal justice reform, please let us know. Send an email to Ashley Shapiro at: shapiro.ashley.r@gmail.com . Include in your email the following information:

- Name

- Address (home and office)

- Phone number

- Email address

- If an attorney, social worker, or other type of community advocate, the areas you serve

- Whether you have any prior lobbying or legislative advocacy experience

- If a Virginia resident, the names of your state delegate and state senator, if you know them

Let us know if you have any questions! 

Thanks,

Justice Forward Virginia

www.justiceforwardva.com


    JFV/NACDL/VACDL Lobby Day 


   Planning for Lobby Day in January 2020 will begin in the next few months. Check back  soon for details! 


 If you aren't familiar with Justice Forward Virginia or what they have on their "to do list", please click the link below:

JFV 2019-2020 Justice Reform To Do List
DISCOVERY REFORM UPDATE!

 *UPDATE: On January 29, 2019, the Supreme Court of Virginia entered an Order to delay implementation of the new Discovery rules until July 1, 2020.  While the Court reiterates that "reform of the criminal discovery rules is long overdue," they desire to coordinate and cooperate with the other branches of government. The letter from Chief Justice Lemons is found below:

SCV Delays Discovery Rules Implementation

  On September 5, 2018, the Supreme Court of Virginia approved new rules regarding criminal discovery. After many years of work by VACDL members and our allies advocating for reform, a new playing field will emerge when these rules go into effect. To read the letter from Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons and the new rules, click below:

Supreme Court of VA adoption of discovery rules 9-5-18.pdf


Quote of the Quarter: 

      "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice"

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

            

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DUES 

Have you paid your dues? Please make sure to remit payment online or by check before July 15th to avoid being removed from the List Serv

And, if you've never been a VACDL member (or you'd like to come back!) get rolling for the second half of 2019 by joining the only voluntary Virginia bar organization exclusively focused on criminal defense!

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VIDC Initial Certification Training Class (2019)

  • August 8-9, 2019
  • November 21-22, 2019
Registration is through the VIDC, and there is no cost. 

VIDC Initial Certification

The VIDC website (vadefenders.org) provides an overview of the court-appointed counsel certification process. We encourage all VACDL members to become certified to take court-appointed cases, and we offer a mentorship program to assist with the trial requirements for felony case certification. 

VIRGINIA FAIR TRIAL COALITION:

 We support the efforts to reform discovery rules in Virginia to ensure just and fair trials for all accused of criminal offenses. If you'd also like to support this initiative, click on the link below:

Virginia Fair Trial Coalition Support Agreement.pdf

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or contact Executive Director Danielle Payne at vacdlawyers@gmail.com. *You can chose to receive a Daily Digest of List Serv postings, or individual delivery of messages once your access has been enabled.*


VACDL Newsletter

 Each quarter, VACDL sends a newsletter, The Virginia Champion, to active members. Recent past editions are available in the Member's Only Section. 

*Members can now choose electronic or mailed delivery for The Virginia Champion. In your Member Profile, click "Edit Profile" and select your preferred delivery option!*


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