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

    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Hotel Madison, 710 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801


    VACDL's Fall 2019 Annual Meeting and CLE will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Hotel Madison (Shenandoah Valley Conference Center), 710 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

     On Thursday, October 17, 2019 the VACDL Board of Directors will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Madison Boardroom of the Hotel Madison. Immediately following, VACDL will host a cocktail and awards reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., also at the Hotel Madison.

     VACDL's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019. Our seminar will begin immediately after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. VACDL's Fall CLE is partially sponsored by the Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and by Smart Start, Inc.

    "Conquering the Mountains: New Paths to Win Your Case"

    features the following presentations:

      Applying (or Distinguishing) New Case Law in Practice by Catherine French Zagurskie, Esq.

     Speed Round: Tips and Teasers for Pre-Trial Prep by Elliott Bender, Esq., Jean Humbrecht, Esq. and Blake Woloson, Esq.

      Mastering Juvenile Court Practice: Competency Issues, Creative Motions, Challenging Confessions, and what to do when the Prosecution wants to try your client as an adult by Professor Julie E. McConnell and Lisa W. Piper, Esq.

     Moving Your Case and Avoiding Pitfalls in GDC by The Hon. William W. Eldridge, IV and H. Eugene Oliver, III, Esq.

     Brady Demystified: How to pair Brady and VRPC 3.8 to obtain the exculpatory evidence you need  by David M. Lee, Esq.

     Trial Outside the Box: Extraordinary Representation in Ordinary Cases a panel moderated by Shawn Stout, Esq. featuring the Hon. Claire Cardwell, the Hon. Kimberly Irving, Deborah Caldwell-Bono, Esq. and John Zwerling, Esq.


    Professor Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Scholarships: We are pleased to offer seminar scholarships to deserving applicants for our Fall 2019 program. For scholarship application forms, please contact  You do not need to be a VACDL member to apply. Submissions are due by September 13, 2019 and winners will be notified by September 16, 2019.


    ROOM BLOCK: *VACDL has reserved a block of rooms at the Hotel Madison for Thursday, October 17, 2019 at a special rate of $159.00 (plus tax) for a standard guest room. Please be sure to book your room through the Hotel Madison by calling (540) 564-0200 or email to Reference event name "VACDL" at the time of booking. The room block will close on September 17, 2019

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software