Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Upcoming events

    • 13 Oct 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg,

    VACDL's Annual Meeting and Fall CLE "Friday the 13th: Justice Lives!" will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg VA 23185 on Friday, October 13, 2023.

       This program will be presented as a hybrid event: we will allow up to 100 in-person attendees in Williamsburg, and an unlimited number of virtual attendees, via Zoom. Breakfast, lunch and other refreshments will be provided to attendees throughout the program. 

     Our program will feature the following presentations:

    "Weed is Legal Now, Isn't It?: How to Help Clients on the Edges of the New Laws" by Jasmin Mize, Esq.

    "Leveraging Mental Health Issues in Internet-related Sex Cases" by Cary Citronberg, Esq.

    "Extracting a Win in Extradition Cases" by Joni Robin, Esq.

    "Bringing a Sword to a Shield Fight: Understanding the Prior Sexual Conduct Statute" by Megan Thomas, Esq.

    "Filing JIRC Complaints that Count" by Bradley Haywood, Esq.   (with AndrĂ© Hakes, Esq.)


    "The Ethics of Sixth Amendment Client Autonomy: Why Not to Fear McCoy v. Louisiana" by Meghan Shapiro, Esq.

    We are also pleased to welcome Jennifer Carroll Foy, Esq., candidate for the Virginia State Senate representing the 33rd District, as our luncheon speaker.

    ____ [6.0 MCLE Credit Hours pending approval including 1 Ethics hour] __

     Board Meeting and Reception: On Thursday, October 12, 2023, the VACDL Board of Directors will meet in Room A/B at the DoubleTree Hotel in Williamsburg 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 "happy hour" style reception in the Harvest Grille dining space at the DoubleTree from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2023 which will be open to all Annual Meeting registrants, speakers, and special guests.  Around 7:00 p.m., VACDL will announce the recipient of the B. Leigh Drewry, Jr. Defender of Justice Award. Please make every effort to attend!

    HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:  THE ROOM BLOCK IS NOW CLOSED. VACDL has reserved a block of rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg, at a rate of $149 per night (plus tax). Please make your reservations before September 19, 2023.

    PUBLIC DEFENDERS: Group discounts are available for virtual attendees! If 3 PDs from the same office wish to attend virtually, a 4th attorney can be registered to attend virtually for free! Office Managers are asked to please contact VACDL's Executive Director at before registering any individual attorneys so that a group invoice can be generated. 


    SEMINAR SPONSORS: Many thanks to Cook Attorneys, Envista Forensics, The Law Office of Christopher Leibig, Lantagne Legal Printing, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance, Metadata Forensics, The Ram Law Firm, Sensei Enterprises, Inc., and SmartStart for their support of our educational programming.  


    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 evening Awards Reception, 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 October 5, 2023 to receive a refund of the tuition less a $25 administrative fee.

    Registrants may pay by credit card online or by check payable to VACDL and mailed to 3126 W Cary Street, #615, Richmond, VA 23221. However, we can only accept mailed payments until October 5, 2023.  There will be limited walk-in registrations, and registration fees must be paid in advance of entering the seminar room.

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

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