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

Upcoming events

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 8:45 AM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Via Zoom Webinar

    2020 has certainly been...different...but we are still having a Fall CLE and Annual Meeting!

    This year's program, Zooming Your Practice Forward, will be VIRTUAL, via Zoom Webinar. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the program will be comprised of 4 1-hour segments, (1 hour being Ethics, MCLE credit pending), with a 15 minute break between the second and third hours.

    We will definitely miss seeing everyone in person, but at least we can still log on and learn together online! As always, we have a great lineup of speakers and presentations, so you won't want to miss out. Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout the presentations via the chat box and Q&A features in Zoom, so we hope you will actively participate and engage with the speakers and with your VACDL colleagues.

     Seminar presentations:

    9:00-9:55 a.m.

     2020 Legislative Update   

    Bryan Kennedy, Senior Asst. Public Defender, Fairfax

    10-10:55 a.m.

    Digital Forensics and Windows 10

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

    11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

    Dealing with Difficult Clients   [ETHICS HOUR]

    Joyvan Malbon-Griffin, Regional Director for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance, Co.

    12:15- 1:15 p.m.

    Developing the Theme for the Defense

    David P. Baugh, Esq. 


    VACDL's 2020 Annual Meeting via ZOOM will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 12th. All VACDL members in good standing are welcome to attend. The Board of Directors elections results will be announced and the proposed amendments to the VACDL By-laws will be formalized.  The Virtual CLE will begin at 9:00 a.m.

    Board of Directors Meeting via ZOOM from 4-6 p.m., also on Thursday, November 12, 2020. 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 provide the Zoom meeting link and passcode in advance.


    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 4 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credits.

    All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing only, by email to, no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2020 to receive a full refund of the tuition less a $10 administrative fee.

    Registrants may only pay by credit card/debit card through the VACDL website for this program. If you do not feel comfortable paying by credit card/debit card online through our site, please contact our Executive Director at no later than November 4th. If a payment has not been received by November 11, 2020, the attendee will be required to pay any applicable late registration fees, on the day of the seminar, at the Executive Director's discretion.

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

VACDL has partnered with NACDL to present a 6-hour webcast from Larry Pozner, master of cross examination, on December 4, 2020. [You will have 72 hours to view the program, so you don't have to watch all 6 hours on Friday!]

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this self-study program (approved for 5.5 CLE hours) to our members, and hope that you will register to attend!


Larry Pozner is America’s recognized authority on advanced cross examination techniques.  Larry’s innovative and entertaining program explains how in cross examinations we can use principles of neuroscience and behavioral psychology to win cases. Techniques are explained in a step-by step fashion with examples.

Larry’s book, "Cross Examination: Science and Techniques" (Lexis 3rd edition 2016, by Pozner and Dodd) modernized our profession’s view of the purposes and methods of modern cross.  For more than 25 years this has been America’s bestselling book on cross. Buy it here!

Larry’s programs on cross have taken him to 48 states, across Canada, and inexplicably, to Brazil. He is a former Colorado public defender and past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Larry has long been recognized in Best Lawyers in America in Criminal Law—both white collar and non-white collar, and civil “bet the company” litigation. He represented the Denver Broncos franchise for many years as trial counsel.

DATES:  Airs beginning at 9:00am on Friday, December 4, 2020
FLEXIBILITY: Registrants will have 72 hours to complete the entire program
DURATION: Approx. 6 hours
CLE: This training is approved for up to approx. 6 hours of CLE credit in Virginia.

Private Practitioners: $200/pp
Public Defenders: $179/pp
PD GROUP DISCOUNTS (to register a group, contact
(4 - 19) PDs from the same office - $169/pp
(20 +) PDs from the same office - $159/pp
(50 +) PDs from the same office - $149/pp

TO REGISTER, please visit the link below, which will take you to the event's main page:

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