Indigent Defense Seminar

An agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia


Special Meetings and Events of the Virginia State Bar

Indigent Defense Seminar

Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar

Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner

Friday, May 3, 2019

Registration & Space Limitations 

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 in Richmond which will be broadcast via video at two satellite locations: Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Centerin Harrisonburg and the Wytheville Meeting Center. Advance registration for this seminar is mandatory. Space is limited to 625 registrants at the live location in Richmond, 140 registrants in Harrisonburg, and 125 registrants in Wytheville. Walk-in registration will not be accepted at any location. 

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.

Registration Closed

Register online for Richmond – Sold Out

Register online for Harrisonburg – Sold Out

Register online for Wytheville – Sold Out

Use this form to print and mail your registration (pdf)
use form to be placed on the waiting list for Richmond or Harrisonburg

Confirmations & Transfers

Upon receipt of your registration, the Virginia State Bar will send an immediate email confirmation and an admission ticket will be mailed two weeks prior to the seminar, for all locations. Please retain your admission ticket and bring it with you on the day of the event to expedite your registration process.  

Confirmations are non-transferable between seminar locations. Transfer requests from one site to another must be authorized through the Virginia State Bar no later than April 19th. The Virginia State Bar will issue a new confirmation for the new site. Failure to receive written confirmation for your transfer through the Virginia State Bar office may result in your inability to receive MCLE credit due to a shortage of materials and a lack of space at a particular site.

Cancellations & Questions

Due to limited space and guarantees for refreshments, transfer requests/cancellations must be received in writing (fax and email are acceptable) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19. 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 19 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 Mallory J. Ralston, Bar Services Dept., Virginia State Bar:; (804) 775-0514; Fax (804) 775-0501. 

Parking & Directions

The Greater Richmond Convention Center parking deck entrance is located at 351 North Third Street, conveniently connected to the Convention Center. In this deck only, the daily parking fee is $7.00. Street parking is available and other parking decks are nearby and costs vary greatly. Detailed parking information and costs can be found here.  

For directions, please click on the locations below:

Greater Richmond Convention Center

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

Wytheville Meeting Center

Written Materials

Each seminar attendee will receive a Dropbox link to the written materials & powerpoints for the seminar, one week in advance. On-site, you will receive a printed booklet containing the agenda, table of contents, and biographical information on the speakers.

Hotel Accommodations 

A block of rooms has been reserved for Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Richmond ($166.65 inclusive). All rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a room and receive the VSB group rate negotiated for this program, please contact the hotel directly and identify yourself as a member of the Virginia State Bar. Hilton Hotel toll free number: 1-877-782-9444. Reservations may also be made online. The room block will be released on April 2, 2019. 

Updated: April 23, 2019