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VIDC Attorneys

The Commission provides training to its attorneys in a number of ways. Once a year, the Commission convenes a Public Defender Conference that provides six hours of training, including one hour of legal ethics. The Conference is held in Virginia and is staffed by high quality speakers and trainers who donate their time and expertise to improving the quality of Virginia’s indigent defense.

Support Staff

In order to assure the high quality of its non-attorney professional staff, the VIDC also sponsors training conferences for its office managers, investigators and sentencing advocates. Finally, the Commission provides funding each year for attorneys, investigators, and sentencing advocates to attend specialized training sponsored by agencies or organizations outside of the VIDC.

Private Bar

As a service to Virginia’s criminal defense bar, the VIDC also provides training opportunities for members of the private bar. The Commission co-sponsors with the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law an annual Juvenile Law and Education Conference. Commission staff also assist the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association with the planning of Virginia’s annual Capital Defense Workshop. The Chief Justice of the Supreme court of Virginia also offers at no cost advanced trial skills training for Virginia’s court appointed counsel. Finally, individual public defender offices sponsor training programs for office staff and members of local bar associations.

Training Programs and Conference Schedule

VIDC Sponsored Trainings

19th Annual Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Juvenile Law and Education Conference (co-sponsored with the University of Richmond School of Law) held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the University of Richmond. Early Bird registration available until April 1, 2014. Rates increase after April 1. For conference information, click here. To register, click here.

Registration Form (VIDC-Sponsored Trainings)

Please download and complete the registration form below for any of the VIDC-sponsored courses.

Registration Form

VIDC Certification Trainings

The certification training programs for 2014 are provided below.

2014 Certification Training Schedule

2014 Certification Training Agenda

For an outline of certification requirements, please click on link below.

Certification Requirements

Lists of MCLE Approved Continuing Legal Education Programs certified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission for Maintaining Indigent Defense Certification, per Virginia Code §19.2163.03 (D) are available for downloading in PDF format.

2014 Live/Video Courses

Online Only Available Courses

2012-2013 Course Reference Guide

To request consideration for approval of a Criminal Law CLE from the VIDC for maintaining indigent defense certification, you may use our online Attorney Certification System (ACeS) or download the attached Adobe file, print, and complete as appropriate.


Other Non-VIDC Sponsored Training

10th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner, May 2, 2014. Sponsored by the Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Members of the Chief Justice's Indigent Defense Training Initiative, and the Virginia State Bar. Registration materials available here.

The SANE/Forensic Nurse Evaluation: What Does it all Mean? June 13, 2014, Sponsored by Bon Secours Richmond Forensic Nursing Services. The Cost is $150.00. Registration and payment should be mailed to Forensic Nurse Examiners, St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond, VA 23226 before May 1, 2014 as seating is limited. For questions, call 804-281-8574.


DVD Requests

To request a copy of a DVD for viewing, please fill out the DVD Request form and return it to the VIDC attention Lori Hoover.

A list of available DVDs can be found here.


For further information, please contact:

Human Resources and Training Director: Amy L. Williams

Training Administrator: Lori Hoover

Standards of Practice Enforcement: Jae K. Davenport

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