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
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.
VIDC Certification Trainings
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
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.
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