Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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OPEN Public Defender Employment Opportunities:

Western District (Roanoke): Assistant Federal Public Defender

AFPD RO position announcement June 2019.pdf

Stay tuned for information about future Justice Reform events in 2019!

    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:


 *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.



Thank you to our speakers, vendors and attendees for making the Spring Seminar a success! We hope to return to the University of Richmond for an event in the very near future.

Mark your calendars for the Fall Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg on October 18th!


If you join VACDL today, you won't have to pay your dues again until April 2020!

Get 2019 off to a great start by becoming a member of the only Virginia bar organization exclusively focused on criminal defense!


VACDL endorses the following sponsors and partners:

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 ( 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. 


 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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VACDL List Serv

Our List Serv is hosted through Yahoo Groups. If you are a VACDL member and you wish to be added to the List Serv, please send an email to

or contact Executive Director Danielle Payne at *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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