In September 2020, NACDL issued a statewide call to action encouraging members and the community to contact their legislators in support of expanding Virginia’s earned sentencing credit system (HB 5148 and SB 5034), which was a priority bill of the Virginia COVID-19 Justice Coalition. HB 5148 and SB 5034 passed during the special session and will establish a four-tier earned credit classification system, with exceptions for certain convictions. A provision to require earned sentence credits to apply retroactively to an individual’s entire sentence has an effective date of July 1, 2022. SB 5034 also includes provisions to make certain terminally ill individuals eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release.
Unfortunately, In June 2022, before HB 5148 / SB 5043 went into effect, the Virginia General Assembly passed a budget amendment limiting eligibility for the expanded earned sentence credits, delaying the anticipated release of several thousand individuals.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!