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VACDL's Spring Seminar 2020

  • 17 Apr 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Van Metre Hall, George Mason University Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201


  • Staff must accompany a VACDL member to the seminar; may not attend the seminar on attorney's behalf
  • Join VACDL today to attend the seminar and receive 1 year's membership* for the cost of the non-member tuition!

    *For Federal Public Defenders
  • Join VACDL today to receive a discount on your seminar fee!

    *Northern Virginia attorneys- contact Executive Director Danielle Payne at for a special discount*
  • Must be a VACDL Virginia or Federal Public Defender member in good standing
  • Must be a VACDL member in good standing


  VACDL's Spring 2020 Seminar will be held in Van Metre Hall at the George Mason University Arlington Campus [3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA 22201] on Friday, April 17, 2020.

 Seminar presentations:

Recent Updates in Criminal Law from the 2020 General Assembly

Del. Charniele Herring, Majority Leader for the Virginia House of Delegates 

Apple iPhone Forensics: An Update on Capabilities from the Trenches

Michael Maschke, Chief Executive Officer for Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Judge or Jury: Practical Considerations When Requesting a Jury Trial

The Hon. David Bernhard and Amy Jordan, Esq. 

Gardening for Ease of Acquittals---VOIR DIRE: the Most Important Step

David P. Baugh, Esq. 

Advanced Mitigation Tactics

Morgan Faulkner, Esq. and Molly O'Rourke, Mitigation Specialist

a luncheon presentation on legislative advocacy by Bradley Haywood, Esq


Ethical issues for Criminal Defense Lawyers

Seth M. Guggenheim, Esq., Assistant Ethics Counsel


 Board Meeting and Reception: On Thursday, April 16, 2020, the VACDL Board of Directors will meet in the Glebe Room at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston [4610 N Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203] 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 at Crafthouse [901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 105, Arlington, VA 22203] from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., which will be open to all Spring CLE registrants, speakers and special guests.

Hotel Accommodations: VACDL has reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston [4610 N Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203] for Thursday, April 16, 2020 at a rate of $139.00 plus tax. Please call 1-866-876-4238 and identify yourself as a VACDL member, or book online via this link:

Spring 2020 Hotel Block-Holiday Inn Arlington

Parking: For Friday's seminar, parking is available in the Van Metre Hall Parking Garage, with a daily maximum rate of $15, or $3 per hour.


SEMINAR SPONSORS: Many thanks to Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance, SmartStart, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and the VSB Risk Management Grant Committee for their support of our educational programming.


Materials will be emailed ( via Dropbox link) to attendees during the week of the seminar.

This course is pending approval for 6.5 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credits.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks are all included with the tuition fee.

The seminar fee increases by $25 for all registrations received after April 3, 2020.

All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing only, by email to, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 14, 2020 to receive a full refund of the tuition less a $25 administrative fee.

Registrants may pay by credit card online, or may remit a check payable to VACDL to 3126 W Cary Street, #615, Richmond, VA 23221.  Please be advised that, if a check is mailed but is not received by VACDL prior to April 14, 2020, the attendee will be required to provide an alternate method of payment for the seminar fee, plus any applicable late registration fees, on the day of the seminar.

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

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