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 Certification Trainings
The certification training programs for 2014 are provided below.
Instructions: After downloading the registration form, there may be a yellow box at the top of the document stating "Protected View." If this box is present, click on the button "Enable Editing" so you can fill in the form. When filling in the form, under the heading "Select Date and Location," there are drop down boxes where the available dates will be listed. Click on "Choose an Item," then click the down arrow that appears next to the box and the dates of the training will appear. Click on the date you are requesting.
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.
VIDC Late Day Lecture – October 17, 2014
“Counseling or Counseling? The Ethical Challenges of Serving Clients with Mental Illness in Criminal Cases.”
Representing indigent criminal defendants can involve a wide variety of issues, particularly when the mental status of one’s client seems to be in question. The need for representation and services can expand beyond the scope of attorney-client defense work. Concerns about the attorney-client relationship, communication, decision making and strategy, and conflicts of interest may arise throughout the course of representation. This “late day lecture” will review several common concerns and scenarios, informing the discussion with relevant points from both the legal/ethical perspective and the clinical perspective.
Other Non-VIDC Sponsored Training
22nd Annual VBA Capital Defense Workshop, November 20-21, 2014, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association.
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.
For further information, please contact:
Human Resources and Training Director: Amy L. Williams
Training Administrator: Lori Hoover
Standards of Practice Enforcement: Jae K. Davenport