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Training Programs and Conference Schedule


2016 Certification Training Schedule

Certification Training Agenda


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
Cost: Free Cost: Free
MCLE Credit: 10 hours total for both days (6 hours of CLE Credit for Day 1 and 4 hours of CLE Credit for Day 2) MCLE Credit: 10 hours total for both days (6 hours of CLE Credit for Day 1 and 4 hours of CLE Credit for Day 2)




**Attorneys are not required to attend the Initial Certification Training again to re-certify.  Attorneys should attend a more advanced CLE to be commensurate with experience.** 


October 20-21, 2016

November 17-18, 2016

** Please note there will be no December Initial Certification Training in Richmond, VA**


October 20-21, 2016

November 17-18, 2016

December 15-16, 2016



Lists of MCLE and VIDC approved courses for RE-CERTIFICATION

2016 Live/Video Replay Courses

Approved Online/USB Courses for Re-certification


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 or submit a waiver application. This training is free of charge and 10 CLE credits are expected.

Waiver of Initial Capital Certification Training Application


Initial Capital Certification Training

Video Replay for Initial Capital Certification Training





Top 10 Things a Criminal Attorney Should Know About Defending Juveniles

November 4, 2016 |3:00 pm

Location: VIDC, 1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 209, Richmond, VA 23229

Cost: Free

CLE: 1-2 Hours expected

Registration: TBD


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 assists 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.

For further training information, please contact:

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission at

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