Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Upcoming events

    • 07 Oct 2022
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23059
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    Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the seminar, either in person in Glen Allen or via Zoom Webinar, you MUST contact our Executive Director at Availability is not guaranteed.

    VACDL's 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Fall CLE will be held at Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23059 on Friday, October 7, 2022.

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

     The full Seminar Schedule:

    8:30-9:00 a.m.               Registration and Refreshments

    8:45-9:00 a.m.              Welcome and Announcements: VACDL’s 30th Annual Meeting                      

     André Hakes, VACDL President

    9:00-10:00 a.m.             Keys to Appellate Excellence: A View from the Court of Appeals

    The Honorable Vernida Chaney, Court of Appeals of Virginia

    The Honorable Lisa Lorish, Court of Appeals of Virginia

    10:00-11:00 a.m.           Jury Trials for Juveniles

    Amy Jordan, Esq., Senior Asst. Public Defender, Fairfax             

    11:00-11:10 a.m.           Break

    11:10 a.m. -12:10 p.m.  ETHICS HOUR: Ethics When Gathering and Using                                                Social Media Evidence

    Kevin Tate, Esq., Senior Litigation Counsel, Federal Defenders Office- Western District of North Carolina

    12:10-1:15 p.m.             Luncheon [provided for in-person attendees]

    *Sponsored by Tucker Griffin Barnes, PC*              


    1:15-2:15 p.m.              Jury De-Selection: The Other Exclusionary Rule

         You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your venire panel

    Brian Goodman, Esq., Senior Trial Attorney, Fairfax Public Defender’s Office

    2:15- 3:15 p.m.             Juries and Social Media Panel, Part 1:

                                        Don’t get Ghosted: How to Find the Social Media of Jurors, Complainants and Your Clients

     Toni L. Harris, Digital Forensics Examiner, Metadata Forensics

     Joanne M. Peña, Investigator, Petersburg Public Defender’s Office

    3:15-3:25 p.m.              Break

    3:25- 4:25 p.m.             Juries and Social Media Panel, Part 2

                                        Jurors and New Media: Best Practices for Preventing Juror Misconduct and Addressing Misconduct When It Occurs (Which It Will)

     Paula Hannaford-Agor, J.D., Director of the Center for Jury Studies

    4:30 p.m.                      Adjournment

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

     Board Meeting and Reception: On Thursday, October 6, 2022, the VACDL Board of Directors will meet in the Ballroom (in the Madison building) 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 Ballroom Pre-function space (in the Madison Building) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 2022 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, as well as the recipient of the VACDL Champion of Justice Award. We ask our VACDL members, particularly our Past VACDL Presidents, to make every effort to attend this special reception, in honor of our organization's 30th Anniversary.

      VACDL thanks Morse Investigation Services for sponsoring this year's reception!

    Parking: For Friday's seminar, parking is available on the hotel grounds, in multiple lots adjacent to the Madison, Monroe and Jefferson buildings.

    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 Lantagne Legal Printing, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance, Metadata Forensics, Morse Investigation Services, The Ram Law Firm, Sensei Enterprises, Inc., SmartStart, and Tucker Griffin Barnes, PC 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 has been APPROVED for 6.0 live-interactive CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit.

    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 September 30, 2022 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 September 30, 2022.  There will be NO walk-in registrations; all registration fees must be paid in advance of the program.

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

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