Leroy R. Hassell Sr. Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar

Lady JusticeRegistration is open.

This outstanding program is being offered at no charge, as a service to members of the Virginia State Bar. Virginia lawyers engaged in the representation of Virginia’s indigent criminal population, either as public defenders or as court appointed counsel, are the target audience for this seminar. At the Chief Justice’s request, registration preference will be given to these two constituencies.

The seminar format will include a live program at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond which will be broadcast via video at two satellite locations: Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave and the Wytheville Meeting Center.

Locations, Registration, and Space Limitations

Locations:

  • Richmond — Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Weyers Cave — Blue Ridge Community College, 1 College Ln, Weyers Cave, VA 24486
  • Wytheville — Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA 24382

Richmond Registration

Weyers Cave Registration

Wytheville Registration

Advance registration for this seminar is mandatory. Space is limited to 500 registrants at the live location in Richmond; 100 registrants in Weyers Cave and 100 registrants in Wytheville. Walk-in registration will not be accepted at any location.

The seminar will be conducted in a smoke-free environment. If you have a disability that requires special accommodations to participate in the program, please contact the Virginia State Bar well in advance of the program date.

Agenda

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Time Session
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. OPENING REMARKS
Justice Cleo E. Powell
Supreme Court of Virginia
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. PREPARING FOR TRIAL: BATSON/VOIR DIRE
Ed Ungvarsky, Esq.
Ungvarsky Law, PLLC
Alexandria, VA
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. COVER YOUR APPEAL PANEL
Justice Thomas P. Mann
Supreme Court of Virginia

Hon. Lisa M. Lorish
Court of Appeals of Virginia

David B. Hargett, Esq.
Hargett Law, PLC
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 pm THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN – JUVENILE PANEL
Hon. Brice Lambert
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
Richmond, VA

Michelle Monfiletto, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender
Norfolk, VA

Brad Lindsay, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender
Lynchburg, VA

My’chael Jefferson-Reese, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender
Chester, VA
12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break – Box lunches will be provided
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. AI – USES AND CHALLENGES IN TRIAL PRACTICE
Michael C. Naughton, Esq.
North Coast Legal
Detroit, MI

Jesse Williams, Esq.
Benzonia, MI
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. BREAK
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BEYOND NO COMMENT: PROPER WAYS TO CONTROL THE MEDIA NARRATIVE
Scott Hechinger, Esq.
Zealous
Brooklyn, NY
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

** Six (6) hours of CLE credit, including one (1.5) hours of ethics (Pending)

Speakers

  • David B. Hargett, Esq. – Hargett Law, PLLC – Glen Allen, VA
  • Scott Hechinger, Esq. - Zealo.us – Brooklyn, NY
  • My’chael Jefferson-Reese, Esq. - Office of the Public Defender, Chester, VA
  • Hon. Brice Lambert – J&DR Court – Richmond, VA
  • Brad Lindsay, Esq. - Office of the Public Defender, Lynchburg, VA
  • Hon. Lisa M. Lorish – Court of Appeals of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Hon. Thomas P. Mann – Supreme Court of Virginia – Fairfax, VA
  • Michelle Monfiletto, Esq. – Office of the Public Defender, Norfolk, VA
  • Michael C. Naughton, Esq. – North Coast Legal, Detroit, MI
  • Hon. Cleo E. Powell – Supreme Court of Virginia – Richmond, VA
  • Ed Ungvarsky, Esq. – Ungvarsky Law, PLLC – Alexandria, VA
  • Jesse Williams, Esq. – Jesse L. Williams Law & Advocacy Center – Benzonia, MI

Confirmations

Upon the completion of your online registration, thru our website, you will receive an email confirmation from [email protected]. If you do not receive an email confirmation then you are not registered.

Cancellations & Questions

Due to limited space and guarantees for refreshments, transfer requests/cancellations must be received by email no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Failure to request a transfer or cancel by this deadline may prevent another attorney on the waiting list from attending. Transfer requests/cancellations received after April 26 will result in a fee of $75 if we are unable to fill your spot. Failure to attend on the day of the program will result in a “No-Show Fee” of $100.

Please direct your transfer and/or cancellation requests and other inquiries to Kim Karnes, Bar Services Dept., Virginia State Bar: [email protected]; (804) 775-0515.

Written Materials

Each seminar attendee will receive a Sharepoint link to the written materials for the seminar, one week in advance.

Hotel and Scholarship Information

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved for Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Richmond ($189.00 plus taxes). All rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a room and receive the VSB group negotiated rate for this program, please use the booking link or contact the Hilton’s toll free reservations number: 1-800-HILTONS. and identify yourself as a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Scholarship Funds

A limited number of scholarship funds will be available to public defenders and court appointed counsel to offset the overnight hotel expense at the Hilton Downtown in Richmond. The Scholarship Committee will consider requests for reimbursement of the cost of the hotel room ($189.00 ++) on a first come, first served basis. All requests must be received by March 1, 2024. Please send a written request for scholarship funds to: Dolly Shaffner, Virginia State Bar, 1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-0026; [email protected].

When
5/3/2024 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Where
Multiple Locations