Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • 21 Oct 2019 3:27 PM | Danielle Payne (Administrator)

    Virginia Lawyers Weekly, reporting on the need for increased funding, personnel, manhours and compensation for court-appointed counsel and Public Defenders to review and analyze the body-worn camera footage received in discovery.

    VLW 10-21-19 Help needed on time-consuming police footage.docx

  • 28 Feb 2019 2:27 PM | Danielle Payne (Administrator)

    Judge Kicks Verdict Over Disputed Scientific Evidence-VLW 2-28-19.pdf

    [VACDL Members in the News: Steve Benjamin, Cary Bowen, Betty Layne DesPortes]

  • 22 Dec 2018 12:08 PM | Danielle Payne (Administrator)

    RICHMOND (AP) -- A federal judge has granted an injunction to stop Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles from enforcing a law requiring automatic license suspensions for failure to pay court fines.

    U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ordered DMV Commissioner Rick Holcomb to remove suspensions on three plaintiffs' licenses and $145 penalties to reinstate their driving privileges.

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the ruling came Friday, three days after Gov. Ralph Northam criticized the agency's enforcement policy.

    Angel Ciolfi is director of the Legal Aid Justice Center, which joined a law firm in contesting the matter. She described the ruling as a "victory for the Constitution and for common sense."

    Attorney General Mark Herring's spokesman says the office will "take the time needed to consider the judge's opinion" before deciding how to proceed.

  • 15 Aug 2018 2:40 PM | Danielle Payne (Administrator)

    Richmond Times Dispatch Discovery article 8-12-18.pdf

    Authorities, defense lawyers and others divided on proposals to increase information shared prior to criminal trials

     (click link above for full article text)

  • 03 Jul 2018 11:00 AM | Danielle Payne (Administrator)

    High Court Mulls Reform in Criminal Discovery

    VLW High Court Mulls Reforms in Criminal Discovery article 7-3-18.pdf

    Thank you to the VACDL members who submitted comments, many of whom who are quoted in the article! And, of course, special thanks to Doug Ramseur for his continued efforts to push for discovery reform in our Commonwealth.

  • 02 Jul 2018 11:09 AM | Danielle Payne (Administrator)

    What We Have Here is a Failure to Imaginate

    Prominent DC attorney Justin Dillon (and VACDL Spring Seminar 2018 speaker!) wrote an article for Above the Law, after reading The Daily Press story on David Lee's discovery of "memorandums of understanding" between police, state prosecutors and expert witnesses in child abuse cases. 

    VACDL is continuing to investigate this matter, so stay tuned...

    Justin Dillon is a partner at KaiserDillon PLLC in Washington, DC, where he focuses on white-collar criminal defense and campus disciplinary matters. Before joining the firm, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, and at the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. His email is

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