51st Annual Criminal Law Seminar 2021 (USB Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 7.0 (VIDC Information)
Designation Credit: 7.0 Trial Practice/Litigation, 2.0 Ethics
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Price: $359 - USB with electronic materials
Available Through: 02/29/2024


A pre-recorded video replay of the February 2021 seminar, 51st Annual Criminal Law program.

Topics covered include:

  • Criminal Law Update
  • Objection! Lack of Foundation
  • New Criminal Discovery Rules
  • Emergency Powers v. Constitutional Rights Panel
  • General Ethics Overview

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

Now in its 51st year, this highly acclaimed annual seminar begins with a comprehensive review of developments in substantive and procedural criminal law in the past year. You'll also receive tips from the Bench and in-depth discussion on a number of timely topics of critical interest to criminal law practitioners in 2021.




Criminal Law Update
Professor Corinna Lain

A comprehensive review of criminal law and procedure decisions since December 2019 from the United States Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit, Virginia Supreme Court, and Virginia Court of Appeals.
Objection! Lack of Foundation
Hon. Michael R. Doucette (Moderator), Hon. Gordon S. Vincent, James O. Broccoletti, C.H. “Chuck” Slemp, III

A panel discussion on establishing a proper foundation for evidence in criminal cases, and when to object when your opposing counsel fails to lay the necessary foundation. Topics will include lay and expert opinions, prior inconsistent statements, video evidence (including police body camera footage and store surveillance videos), authentication of documents, social media posts, certificates of analysis, and more. The panel will include a Circuit Court judge, a General District Court judge, a Commonwealth’s Attorney, and a leading criminal defense lawyer.
New Criminal Discovery Rules
Douglas A. Ramseur, Bryan L. Porter

On July 1, 2020, changes to Rules 3A:11 and 3A:12 took effect drastically altering the discovery rules applicable to criminal prosecutions within the Commonwealth of Virginia. This session will be an in-depth discussion of the practical implications of the Rule changes and a discussion of their impact on the practice of criminal law in Virginia.
Emergency Powers v. Constitutional Rights Panel
Professor Corinna Lain (Moderator), Melanie D. Wilson, Elliott J. Casey, William M. Stanley, Jr.

This panel will explore the impact of COVID-19 in the context of emergency powers and constitutional rights. It will provide an overview of the law as it now stands regarding the reach of executive power in crisis health situations like a pandemic, and examine how courts have addressed challenges to such powers. It will discuss the Virginia General Assembly’s recent attempts to curb the Governor’s use of executive power in the COVID-19 context, as well as the potential criminal liability of those who have attempted to defy the Governor’s orders. It will also discuss the serious challenges—legal and practical—posed by the suspension of jury trials and their resumption, examining the impact of these challenges on the accused, the prosecution, and jurors.
General Ethics Overview (Part One)
James M. McCauley

A comprehensive review of ethical issues commonly presented in the practice of Criminal Law from the perspectives of both the prosecution and the defense.
General Ethics Overview (Part Two)
James M. McCauley



Hon. Michael R. Doucette, Nelson Circuit Court / Lovingston
Hon. Gordon S. Vincent, General District Court / Accomac
James O. Broccoletti, Zoby, Broccoletti & Normile / Norfolk
Elliott J. Casey, Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council / Williamsburg
Professor Corinna Lain, University of Richmond School of Law / Richmond
James M. McCauley, Virginia State Bar Ethics Counsel / Richmond
Bryan L. Porter, Commonwealth’s Attorney / Alexandria
Douglas A. Ramseur, The Ram Law Firm / Richmond
C.H. “Chuck” Slemp, III, Commonwealth’s Attorney / Wise
William M. Stanley, Jr., The Stanley Law Group / Moneta
Melanie D. Wilson, Dean Emeritus, University of Tennessee College of Law / Knoxville, TN

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