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  • 18 Jan 2017 11:24 AM | Danielle Payne (Administrator)
    On December 6, 2016, NACDL (with the Charles Koch Institute) hosted an event titled "A Conversation on Criminal Justice in the Commonwealth" in Richmond. The event featured three panel discussions: Criminal Justice Reform in the Commonwealth: Navigating a Path Forward, Discovery Reform: A Necessary Demand for Justice?, and Identifying Opportunities for Successful Re-Entry.


     Current Board Member and former VACDL President Doug Ramseur was a panelist for the second section, on Discovery Reform, along with Sen. Bill Stanley. Doug masterfully presented a case for reform, and outlined the past efforts to pursue changes to the discovery rules. The discussion was lively, the audience was engaged, and I know I was not alone in feeling that we might make some headway towards discovery reform after Senator Stanley's remarks.

     In light of the interest level in this issue, NACDL is hosting a follow-up event: Discovery Reform: An Advocacy Briefing to Engage the Community in Virginia on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church, 1317 E. Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504. 

      VACDL members are strongly encouraged to attend. Please contact me (Danielle) at vacdlawyers@gmail.com for more information or a copy of the event flier.

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