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.
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.
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.
VIDC Sponsored Trainings
On December 6, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., the VIDC will present a free lecture on improving appellate writing skills. This lecture will be held at the VIDC offices at 1604 Santa Rosa Rd., Suite 200.
To register, fax or email a completed registration form to Lori Hoover at Lhoover@adm.idc.virginia.gov, or 804-662-7369.
Registration Form (VIDC-Sponsored Trainings)
Please download and complete the registration form below for any of the VIDC-sponsored courses.
VIDC Certification Trainings
The certification training programs for 2013 are provided below.
*** December 19-20 Training in Roanoke is FULL.***
The certification training programs for 2014 are provided below.
For an outline of certification requirements, please click on link below.
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.
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
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