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Criminal Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

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January 14, 2022

Register - 52nd Annual Criminal Law Seminar

Friday, February 11, 2022
virtual meeting

VA CLE registration



Toolkit on Criminal Justice Reform

8:15 AM                 Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • LaBravia J. Jenkins

8:30 AM                 Recent Developments and Criminal Law Update

An annual comprehensive review of developments and in substantive and procedural criminal law.

  • Professor Corinna Lain, University of Richmond School of Law

10:00 AM               Break

10:15 AM               What You Need to Know When Representing Juvenile Clients       

A panel discussion on alternative disposition and practical advice for juvenile defendants.

  • Hon. Tonya Bullock, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Virginia Beach
  • Stephanie Garrison, Department of Juvenile Justice, Richmond
  • Valerie Boykin, Director, Department of Juvenile Justice, Richmond

11:15 AM               Break

11:30 AM               Plea Bargaining in a New World                            

An expert panel discussing guidance on negotiating and reaching plea agreements in the age of Criminal Justice Reform

  • Graven W. Craig, CraigWilliams PLC, Louisa
  • Hon. Michael R. Doucette, Nelson County Circuit Court, Lovingston
  • Hon. J. Spencer Morgan, III, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Accomac


12:30 PM               Lunch Break


1:00 PM                What’s New with COVID, Legislative Changes and VSB Updates – an Ethics Perspective

Review the latest changes in criminal law ethics rules

  • Leslie A.T. Haley, ParkHaley, LLP, Richmond


2:25 PM                 Break


2:35 PM                 Legislative Update on Laws that Affect Your Criminal Practice

Learn the most recent legislation that comprises criminal justice reform movement.

  • Elliott J. Casey, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Services Council, Williamsburg


3:35 PM                 Break


3:45 PM                 Toolkit on Police-Citizen Encounters

This panel will discuss police encounters under the new laws and how to advise your clients and law enforcement officers

  • Ronald J. Bacigal, University of Richmond School of Law (retired)
  • Hon. David M. Hicks, General District Court, Richmond
  • Lieutenant Michelle Rhone, Hampton Police Division Training Academy, Hampton
  • Daymen W.X. Robinson, Law Office of Daymen W.X. Robinson, Norfolk
  • Christopher E. Brown, The Brown Law Firm, PLLC, Alexandria


4:45 PM                      Closing Remarks and Adjournment