Criminal Law

Andrea L. Moseley, Chair

It has been an honor to serve as chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Section on Criminal Law for the 2015-2016 bar year.  My fellow officers included Colette Wallace McEachin, Vice Chair; Timothy J. Heaphy, Secretary; and Joel R. Branscom, Immediate Past Chair. 

The following members joined the board on July 1, 2015:  Richard H. Doummar, Virginia Beach; Maria Jankowski, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Richmond; James E. Plowman, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudon County; and Hon. Robert S. Ballou, Magistrate Judge, Western District of Virginia, Roanoke.

With a membership of 2,507 members, including 2,126 active members and 360 judicial members, the section remains the second largest section of the Virginia State Bar. Its operating budget for 2015-2016 was $53,600.

Newsletter editor Professor Ron Bacigal, of the University of Richmond, published four issues of Criminal Law News during the year, and also completed the 2016 Supplement to the Capital Case Trial Manual

The section sponsored its 46th Annual Criminal Law Seminar in February 2016, with a live session in Williamsburg on February 5, followed by a live Charlottesville session on February 12.  Section Vice-Chair Colette McEachin served as seminar program chair and moderator. Total seminar attendance included 563 for the live February sessions, and an additional 174 for the video replays held in March and April 2016.    

The section’s Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award was presented at the Williamsburg Seminar to The Honorable Michael N. Herring, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond.

As part of its ongoing partnership with Virginia law schools, the Section awarded stipends in June 2016 to the public law schools (George Mason, UVA and William & Mary) to fund student internships in the field of criminal justice for the summer of 2017.

In conjunction with the 78th Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Bar, the section cosponsored a Showcase CLE program with the Corporate Counsel Section and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association on Friday, June 17,2016: Debate on Religious Freedom in the Workplace: Freedom Of Religion versus Freedom From Religion? The program was lively and engaging, with approximately 200 bar members pre-registered for the program.

The following slate of officers and new board members were unanimously elected at the section’s business meeting during the Annual Meeting for terms beginning July 1, 2016: Colette Wallace McEachin, Chair; Timothy J. Heaphy, Vice Chair; Nancy G. Parr, Secretary; Michael R. Doucette, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynchburg, board member; David R. Lett, Office of the Public Defender, Petersburg, board member; Hon. Tanya Bullock, Chief Judge of the J&DR Court, Virginia Beach, board member; and Hon. Richard S. Wallerstein, Jr., judge of the Henrico County Circuit Court, board member.  

On behalf of the board, I extend our sincere appreciation to outgoing board members whose terms ended on June 30: Melissa H. Hoy, Elizabeth P. Murtagh, Judge Rufus Banks, Judge Steven Frucci, and Immediate Past Chair, Joel R. Branscom.




Updated: Aug 02, 2016