About the Section
Organized in 1967, the purpose of the Criminal Law Section is to concern itself with the problems of crime, criminology, and the administration of criminal law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, except those subjects specifically excluded by direction of the President of the Virginia State Bar.
As one of the largest sections, the Section on Criminal Law broadly represents prosecutors, defense counsel, trial judges and academics concerned with the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth. It also has one of the most active continuing legal education programs. For the past 30 years, the section has held its annual Criminal Law Seminar in February in two locations in the state. Outstanding speakers, including nationally renowned luncheon speakers such as Bobby Lee Cook and Gerry Spence, make this seminar the most highly successful CLE program on criminal law in Virginia. In addition, from time to time the section presents its "Carrico Professionalism Award" to a member of the public or the profession. The section also publishes approximately eight issues a year of the Criminal Law News.