48th Annual Criminal Law Seminar 2018

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.5 (VIDC Recertification Credit: 7.0)

Live on Site: Friday, February 2 / Charlottesville
  Friday, February 9 / Williamsburg
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 1.5; VIDC Recertification Credit: 7.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 7.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


This years topics include:

  • Recent Developments in Criminal Law and Procedure
  • The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Using Pretrial Practice to Improve Your Case
  • The Nose Knows: Drug Dogs
  • Trial Publicity, Social Media, and Case Commentary: Can Litigating in the Court of Public Opinion Get Lawyers into Trouble?
  • The Eye of Sauron Is upon You
  • Gun Rights Restorations: Procedures, Pitfalls & Practical Considerations
  • The ABCs of Expungements in Virginia

Sponsored by Virginia CLE® in cooperation with the Section on Criminal Law Virginia State Bar

VIDC Recertification Credit: 7.0

Now in its 48th year, this highly acclaimed annual event always begins with a comprehensive review of developments in substantive and procedural criminal law in the past year. You'll also receive tips straight from the Bench and and in-depth discussion on a number of timely topics of critical interest to criminal law practitioners in 2018.

Always well-attended, the seminar provides a wonderful opportunity to network and make valuable contacts within the Virginia criminal law community.

This program is non-discountable.


Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 12 video replays offered statewide in March and April.
E-mail distance_ed@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program is made available as an online or USB seminar.
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8:00 Late Registration and Exhibits
8:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 Recent Developments in Criminal Law and Procedure
Assistant Dean Corinna B. Lain

Annual comprehensive review of developments in substantive and procedural criminal law.
10:00 Coffee Break
10:15 The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Using Pretrial Practice to Improve Your Case
Hon. Junius P. Fulton, David A. Lord, Bryan T.D. Kennedy

This panel will present the topic of substantive pretrial litigation from the perspective of the judiciary, the prosecution, and the defense. This session will consider proactive motions that each side can file to restrict or expand the evidence to be presented at trial. Topics will include motions to suppress, motions in limine to exclude or admit evidence, Kirpatrick motions pertaining to prior bad acts, and other motions to limit evidence.
11:15 The Nose Knows: Drug Dogs
Hon. Sandra R. Sylvester

This presentation will examine the current state of the law involving drug dogs and their utility to police work. It will focus on the concept of residual odor, expertise of the dog/handler team, and recent Supreme Court cases that address the utility of the police K9 in drug cases.
12:15 Luncheon Presentations:

Charlottesville: W. Taylor Reveley III, President, College of William & Mary

Williamsburg: Hon. Robert E. Payne, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

1:30 Trial Publicity, Social Media, and Case Commentary: Can Litigating in the Court of Public Opinion Get Lawyers into Trouble?
Paul E. Fletcher, James M. McCauley, Conrad M. Shumadine, Hon. Michael N. Herring (Charlottesville moderator), Hon. Colin D. Stolle (Williamsburg moderator)

Lawyers sometimes comment on pending cases or attempt to seek an advantage by using media attention to support their case. In other instances, lawyers may believe that media attention is putting their client or their case in a bad light, deserving a public response. This panel will explore the lawyer’s use of media—both traditional and social—to advocate a client’s position, or to protect their client’s reputation or other legal interests. The panel will discuss ethical and legal restrictions on lawyer speech during criminal investigations or trial.

3:00 The Eye of Sauron Is upon You
Larry E. Daniel

Just like the all-seeing Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings, your cell phone is also keeping tabs on your location. In this class you will learn how cell phones are tracked and located using various types of records, from the least reliable to most reliable.

4:00 Gun Rights Restorations: Procedures, Pitfalls & Practical Considerations
Michael R. Doucette

Following the widespread restoration of civil rights by the last few gubernatorial administrations, requests for the restoration of the right to possess a firearm have increased dramatically. This session explores the intersection of state and federal laws on the subject and offers some practical considerations for petitions.
4:30 The ABCs of Expungements in Virginia
Scott C. Alleman

This session will explore the statutory requirements for expungements in Virginia and the pitfalls that often frustrate the ultimate success of expungement petitions in Virginia courts.

5:00 Closing Remarks and Adjournment



Scott C. Alleman, Esq., Senior Trial Attorney, Allstate/Encompass/Esurance Staff Counsel / Chesapeake
Larry E. Daniel, Practice Leader, Guardian Digital Forensics / Raleigh, NC
Michael R. Doucette, Esq., Former Commonwealth’s Attorney / Lynchburg
Paul E. Fletcher III, Esq., Editor, Virginia Lawyers Weekly / Richmond
The Honorable Junius P. Fulton III, Judge, Norfolk Circuit Court / Norfolk
The Honorable Michael N. Herring, Commonwealth’s Attorney / Richmond
Bryan T.D. Kennedy, Esq., Senior Assistant Public Defender / Fairfax
Corinna B. Lain, Assistant Dean, University of Richmond School of Law / Richmond
David A. Lord, Esq., Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Violent/Vice Crimes Unit / Alexandria
James M. McCauley, Esq., Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Conrad M. Shumadine, Esq., Willcox & Savage, P.C. / Norfolk
The Honorable Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney / Virginia Beach
The Honorable Sandra R. Sylvester, Office of the Magistrate / Woodbridge


The Honorable Nancy G. Parr, Commonwealth's Attorney / Chesapeake

Locations, Dates and Fees

PREREGISTRATION FEES (All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

  • $150 Registration Fee (includes printed materials) Member, VSB CR Section
  • $170 Registration Fee (includes printed materials) Non-member, VSB CR Section
  • $185 Late Registration Fee (includes printed materials) (registrations for live locations postmarked, phoned, or faxed after January 19, 2018; video registrations not received by 5:00 p.m. the day before the program; and all walk-in registrations)
  • Judicial Member (Fee Waived)
  • $25 Luncheon Fee for Judges and CLE Coupon Registrants per location (payable only if attending luncheon)


  • $120* Member, VSB CR Section (e-book materials only)
  • $140* Non-member, VSB CR Section (e-book materials only)

CLE coupons do not include lunch.

*Available until January 19, 2018, for the live programs, and until three business days before each video replay.


Charlottesville / Friday, February 2, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton
990 Hilton Heights Road (Venue Website / Google Map)
(434) 973-2121

Williamsburg / Friday, February 9, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton
50 Kingsmill Road (Venue Website / Google Map)
(757) 220-2500

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.

A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.


REGISTRATION: Make your check payable to Virginia CLE® and mail it with your registration form to Virginia CLE®. Only credit card registrations will be accepted by fax, telephone or via the Internet. No confirmation will be sent; your check or credit card statement is your receipt. Programs will be conducted in a smoke-free environment. If you have a disability that requires special accommodations, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date. In the event of extreme weather, transfers to alternate programs may be allowed. A final decision on transfers due to weather will not be made until the morning of the program. Please direct all inquiries to Virginia CLE®.

DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK SEMINAR MATERIALS: ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use. When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address that Virginia CLE® can use to distribute the e-book materials. Discount Available: If you choose to forgo receiving printed materials and receive only the downloadable e-book, you will receive a discounted registration fee (see the registration fee options). Registrants who elect this option will receive a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR DISCOUNTED FEE OPTIONS: To have the option to register for a discounted fee AND to receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar, your live program registration must be received no later than January 19, 2018, or your video replay registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar. After these dates, the discounted e-book-only registration options will NOT be available. Virginia CLE® will e-mail you a link to the downloadable e-book materials two business days before the seminar. Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

CANCELLATIONS / TRANSFERS/REFUNDS: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY PRIOR TO the seminar. NOTE: Following receipt of the e-book link from Virginia CLE®, registrants will incur a $60.00 materials fee if they cancel or transfer to a seminar other than the 48th Annual Criminal Law Seminar. Please direct all inquiries to Virginia CLE®: 105 Whitewood Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901 (1-800-979-8253, Fax: 434-979-3147).

LATE REGISTRATION / SPACE LIMITED: An increased registration fee will apply to live program registrations postmarked, phoned, or faxed after January 19, 2018, and to walk-in registrations (see registration fee options for details). Space is limited to 200 registrants in Charlottesville and 600 registrants in Williamsburg. All registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; early advance registration is strongly urged. Walk-in registration cannot be guaranteed.

AUXILIARY SEATING / WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION: Once capacity seating of 500 in the main auditorium is reached at the Williamsburg location, auxiliary seating for 100 additional registrants will be provided in a room adjacent to the main auditorium, using closed circuit TV. Seating in the main auditorium will be based on the date your payment and registration are received.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms for the nights prior to the live programs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All reservation requests will be handled by the hotels directly:

The room block for both hotels will be released on January 19, 2018.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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