Virginia State Bar

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Criminal Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section Calendar of Meetings and Events

Annual Seminar

February 6 - 7, 2020

Doubletree Hotel

(Thursday) 6:00 p.m.     Reception/Dinner
(Friday)  8:30 a.m.          50th Annual Seminar  

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50th Annual Criminal Law CLE Agenda

8:00                 Late Registration and Exhibits

8:15                 Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30                 Criminal Law Update         
Annual comprehensive review of developments in substantive and procedural Criminal Law.

  • Professor Corinna Lain

10:15               Sexual Assault Cases: The Interplay between Title IX Proceedings, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Prosecutions 
An experienced prosecutor and defense attorney specializing in these cases discuss how to identify issues and navigate your way through them.

  • Areshini Pather, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Charlottesville 
  • Rhonda E. Quagliana, Trial Attorney, Charlottesville 

11:15               Federal Criminal Practice Overview
This presentation will cover the nuts and bolts of federal practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.  The presenters will highlight differences from state court, including bond motions, discovery, guilty pleas, sentencing issues and other substantive motions. 

  • Carolyn Grady, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Matthew Miller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Virginia

12:15               Lunch
Charlottesville:  Mark D. Martin, Dean, Regent University School of Law
Williamsburg: James B. Comey, Jr., Author and Former FBI Director

1:30                 Forfeiture by Wrongdoing
An experienced prosecutor will cover forfeiture by wrongdoing including the current state of the law and its potential effect on witnesses and prosecutions.

  • Donald Goodman, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Loudoun County

3:00                 Ethical Issues with Standby Counsel
This esteemed panel will discuss the ethical duties and potential pitfalls for attorneys who have been appointed as standby counsel in criminal cases.

  • Professor Erica Hashimoto, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hon. David W. Lannetti, Judge, Norfolk Circuit Court

4:00                 Political Pressure and Hi-Profile Prosecutions: A Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Perspective on the Ethical Issues that Arose in the Wake of the August 2017 Violence in Charlottesville

  • Hon. Joseph D. Platania, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Charlottesville

5:00                 Closing Remarks and Adjournment