Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

You don't have to 'fight the good fight' alone. Join VACDL today.

Upcoming events

 SAVE THE DATE: Lobby Day with Justice Forward Virginia on Friday, January 18, 2019. More information coming soon, but please plan to join us as we head to the General Assembly in Richmond to advocate for criminal justice reform.

 If you aren't familiar with Justice Forward Virginia or what they have on their "to do list", please click the link below:


 On September 5, 2018, the Supreme Court of Virginia approved new rules regarding criminal discovery. After many years of work by VACDL members and our allies advocating for reform, a new playing field will emerge when these rules go into effect on July 1, 2019. To read the letter from Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons and the new rules, click below:

Supreme Court of VA adoption of discovery rules 9-5-18.pdf

Quote of the Quarter: 

      "On lawyering: When the law is on your side, pound the law; when the facts are on your side, pound the facts; when neither is on your side, pound the table” 



 If you join VACDL today, you won't have to pay your dues again until April 2020!

Get 2019 off to a great start by becoming a member of the only Virginia bar organization exclusively focused on criminal defense!


Thank you to everyone who attended our Fall CLE in Portsmouth! It was a great event and we look forward to seeing you in Richmond on April 5th for the Spring Seminar!

*Special thanks to our seminar sponsors: MLM Insurance, Smart Start, Recovery for Life, and Lantagne Legal Printing*


VACDL endorses the following sponsors and partners:

VIDC Initial Certification Training Class (2019)

  • March 14-15, 2019
  • August 8-9, 2019
  • November 21-22, 2019
Registration is through the VIDC, and there is no cost. 

VIDC Initial Certification

The VIDC website ( provides an overview of the court-appointed counsel certification process. We encourage all VACDL members to become certified to take court-appointed cases, and we offer a mentorship program to assist with the trial requirements for felony case certification. 


 We support the efforts to reform discovery rules in Virginia to ensure just and fair trials for all accused of criminal offenses. If you'd also like to support this initiative, click on the link below:

Virginia Fair Trial Coalition Support Agreement.pdf

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VACDL List Serv

Our List Serv is hosted through Yahoo Groups. If you are a VACDL member and you wish to be added to the List Serv, please send an email to or contact Executive Director Danielle Payne at

VACDL Newsletter

 Each quarter, VACDL sends a newsletter, The Virginia Champion, to active members. Recent past editions are available in the Member's Only Section. 

*Members can now choose electronic or mailed delivery for The Virginia Champion. In your Member Profile, click "Edit Profile" and select your preferred delivery option!*

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