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 Training
The Certification Training is provided throughout the year in Richmond and Salem:
Richmond: Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Salem: Roanoke County Courthouse Law Library 1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 200 305 East Main Street, 1st Floor Richmond, VA 23229 Salem, VA 24153
The 2015 and 2016 Certification Training schedules and agendas are povided below:
For certification requirements, please click on link below.
Lists of MCLE and VIDC approved courses for re-certification are provided below:
VIDC Capital Certification Trainings
The new qualification standards for capital defense will become effective September 1, 2015. Initial capital certification training for defense attorneys wishing to be eligible for appointment in capital cases under the new standards must complete both days of this certification training. This training is free of charge and 10 CLE credits are expected.
Initial Capital Certification Training
Video Replay for Initial Capital Certification Training
Date: April 11-12, 2016 Salem, VA Only
305 E. Main Street, 1st Floor, Salem , VA 24153
Date: August 11-12, 2016 Richmond, VA Only
1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23229
Registration and Times will be available in the near future.
Late Day Lectures
Other Non-VIDC Sponsored Training
For further information, please contact:
Human Resources and Training Director: Amy L. Williams
Standards of Practice Enforcement: Jae K. Davenport