50th Annual Criminal Law Seminar 2020

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Live on Site: Friday, February 7 / Charlottesville
  Friday, February 14 / Williamsburg
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 7.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


This year's topics include:

  • Recent Developments in Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Sexual Assault Cases: The Interplay between Title IX Proceedings, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Prosecutions
  • Federal Criminal Practice Overview
  • Forfeiture by Wrongdoing
  • Ethical Issues with Stanby Counsel
  • Political Pressure and High-Profile Prosecutions: A Commonwealth's Attorney's Perspective on the Ethical Issues that Arose in the Wake of the August 2017 Violence in Charlottesville

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

Now in its 50th 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 2020.

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

This seminar is not eligible for discounts.


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.
E-mail publications@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program's seminar materials are made available for sale.



8:00 Late Registration and Exhibits
8:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 Criminal Law Update
Professor Corinna B. Lain

Annual comprehensive review of developments in substantive and procedural Criminal Law.
10:00 Coffee Break
10:15 Sexual Assault Cases: The Interplay between Title IX Proceedings, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Prosecutions
Areshini Pather, Rhonda E. Quagliana

An experienced prosecutor and defense attorney specializing in these cases discuss how to identify issues and navigate your way through them.
11:15 Federal Criminal Practice Overview
Carolyn Grady, Matthew Miller

This presentation will cover the nuts and bolts of federal practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. The presenters will highlight differences from state court, including bond motions, discovery, guilty pleas, sentencing issues, and other substantive motions.

12:15 Luncheon Presentations:

Charlottesville: Mark D. Martin

Williamsburg: James B. Comey, Jr.

1:30 Forfeiture by Wrongdoing
Donald Goodman

An experienced prosecutor will cover forfeiture by wrongdoing including the current state of the law and its potential effect on witnesses and prosecutions.
2:55 Coffee Break
3:05 Ethical Issues with Standby Counsel
Professor Erica Hashimoto, Hon. David W. Lannetti

Appeals may be lost in the trial stage if one is not careful. Experienced appellate attorneys discuss and explain how to properly make and preserve objections during trial to lay the groundwork for the arguments on appeal.
4:00 Political Pressure and High-Profile Prosecutions: A Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Perspective on the Ethical Issues that Arose in the Wake of the August 2017 Violence in Charlottesville
Hon. Joseph D. Platania
5:00 Closing Remarks and Adjournment



Donald P. Goodman, III, Loudon County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office / Leesburg
Carolyn V. Grady, Federal Public Defender's Office / Richmond
Erica Hashimoto, Georgetown Law / Washington, DC
Corinna B. Lain, University of Richmond School of Law / Richmond
The Honorable David W. Lannetti, Norfolk Circuit Court / Norfolk
Matthew M. Miller, Assistant U.S. Attorney / Roanoke
Areshini Pather, Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney / Charlottesville
The Honorable Joseph D. Platania, Commonwealth's Attorney / Charlottesville
Rhonda E. Quagliana, St. John, Bowling, & Lawrence / Charlottesville


Dean Mark D. Martin, Regent University School of Law / Virginia Beach

James B. Comey, Jr., Author and Former FBI Director / McLean


S. Eugene Fishel, IV, Office of the Attorney General / Richmond

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 24, 2020
  • Judicial Member (Fee Waived)
  • $25 Luncheon Fee for Judges 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 24, 2020, for the live programs.


Charlottesville / Friday, February 7, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton
990 Hilton Heights Road (Venue Website / Google Map)
(434) 973-2121

Williamsburg / Friday, February 14, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton
50 Kingsmill Road (Venue Website / Google Map)
(757) 220-2500

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. 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.

Printed Materials: For the live seminars only, you have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials, for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program. Printed materials are NOT available for the video replays.

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 50th 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 24, 2020, 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:

  • By calling 800-222-8733, with reference group name VA State Bar 50th Annual Criminal Law Seminar.
  • Or for online reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Charlottesville:
    Or for online reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg:

The room block for both hotels will be released on January 12, 2020.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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