Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

 VACDL welcomes vendors at our CLE seminars, but all vendors must be approved by the Board of Directors. To submit a request to become a vendor or obtain information about vendor and advertising fees, please contact Executive Director Danielle Payne at

Click this link to make an online reservation at the Inn at Darden for April 19, 2018 (the night prior to our Spring seminar; group rate $125): Spring CLE Inn at Darden Room Block

Upcoming events

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • University of Virginia School of Law, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

      VACDL's Spring 2018 Seminar will be held at the University of Virginia School of Law (Caplin Auditorium) in Charlottesville on Friday, April 20, 2018.

     Our Spring seminar lineup:

    Hot Topics in Digital Forensics- Sharon Nelson and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises

    Recent Updates in Criminal Law- Delegate Christopher Collins

    Litigating Forensics: Probabilities and Error Rates- Professor Brandon Garrett, Professor Daniel Murrie and Professor Sharon Kelley

    Ethics in Virginia Appellate Procedure-Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

    Combat Addiction: The Syndrome and Psycholegal Considerations- Matthew Bowen, PhD.

    After "A Rape on Campus"- The Brave New World of Title IX- André Hakes, Esq., Palma Pustilnik, Esq. and Barry Meek, Esq., General Counsel for the University of Virginia.

    Me Too!--How to Use Title IX to Defend Your Client in the Criminal Case- André Hakes, Esq.


    ROOM BLOCK: In order to reserve a room at the UVA Inn at Darden for Thursday night (4/19/18) at our group rate of $125, please call the UVA Inn at Darden reservation department directly at (434) 297-7384 and provide the code "VACDL" or click on this link: Inn at Darden Room Block . Rooms must be reserved prior to March 20, 2018.

     Board Meeting/Reception: On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the VACDL Board of Directors will meet in the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Camp Library Board Room from 4-6 p.m. All VACDL members in good standing are welcome to attend the Board Meeting, but please inform our Executive Director, Danielle Payne, if you plan to attend so that she can ensure sufficient seating in the meeting room. We will also host a small "happy hour" style reception in the UVA/Darden Camp Library Lobby (2nd Floor) from 6 to 8 p.m., which is open to all Spring CLE registrants and speakers.

    Parking: For Thursday's events (if you are not staying in the Inn overnight), you may need to check in at the gatehouse to obtain a permit for the parking garage. For Friday's seminar, we will have a designated parking area near to the Caplin Auditorium on the Law School side of campus.


    Professor Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Scholarships: Thanks to generous funding from sponsors, we have scholarships available. For scholarship application forms, please contact Submissions are due by March 1, 2018 and winners will be notified by March 15, 2018.


    Questions? Please contact VACDL's Executive Director, Danielle Payne, at

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth VA 23704

    VACDL's Fall 2018 Annual Meeting and CLE will be held at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel.

     There will be a cocktail and awards reception on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.

     The Annual Meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018. Our seminar will begin immediately after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

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