Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Upcoming events

    • 22 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Darden School of Business, 100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22903

    VACDL's Spring Seminar 2024 will be held at the Darden School of Business, 100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville VA 22903, on FRIDAY, March 22, 2024.

       This program will be presented as a hybrid event: we will allow up to 60 in-person attendees in Charlottesville and an unlimited number of virtual attendees, via Zoom.  Breakfast, lunch, coffee/sodas, and other refreshments will be provided to our in-person attendees throughout the program. 


    United States Supreme Court Policing Trends: Finding Ways to Resist Them

       with Professor Anne Coughlin, University of Virginia School of Law

    Protecting Those Who Have Served: Defending Military Clients

        with Yancey Ellis, Esq., Carmichael, Ellis & Brock PLLC

    Charging the Line: Ethics for Strong Advocates

      with Ed Ungvarsky, Esq.

    Taking your Federal Practice to the Next Level

    with Mary Maguire, Esq.

    Panel Discussion: Can Prosecutors Be Fair in the Real World?  

       with Parisa Dehghani-Taft, Esq., Libby Humphries, Esq., and Shannon Taylor, Esq.

            VACDL Rebuttal by Damon Colbert, Esq., Aaron Cook, Esq. and Corinne Magee, Esq. immediately following!

    and more!

    _____[6.0 MCLE Credit Hours pending approval, incl. 1 Ethics hour]__

     Board Meeting and Reception: On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the VACDL Board of Directors will meet at the Hyatt Place from 4-5:30 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 Burton's Grill & Bar (2010 Bond Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902; a very short walk from the Hyatt Place) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024 which will be open to all Spring CLE registrants, speakers and special guests. 

    Hotel Accommodations:

    To book online, use the link below:

    VACDL Room Block at Hyatt Place 3-21-24

    Hyatt Place Charlottesville, 2100 Bond Street

    For reservations by phone, call 800.993.4751

    Mention Rate Code G-VD3A Or VACDL Rate


    SEMINAR SPONSORS: Many thanks to Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance, Metadata Forensics, Envista Forensics, and the VSB Risk Management Grant Committee for their support of our educational programming in 2024.


    Materials will be emailed (via Dropbox link) to attendees during the week of the seminar, along with the Zoom Link for virtual attendees.  

    This course is pending approval for 6.0 live-interactive CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit.

    Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks on Friday, as well as the Thursday Happy Hour, are all included with the tuition fee.

    All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing only, by email to, no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2024 to receive a refund of the tuition less a $25 administrative fee.

    Registrants may pay by credit card online. UPDATE: We will accept checks as methods of payment until March 11, 2024. After that time, you must pay by credit or debit card (*unless you have specific approval from the Executive Director*).  All registration fees must be paid in advance of the program.

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

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