NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference, now in its 17th year, continues to be the only national conference focusing on rights enforcement in criminal cases, which is a critical but often overlooked component of holistic victim services. The Conference provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide effective legal services to victims of crime.

The 17th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, located in the Lloyd District in Portland, Oregon across the river east of downtown.

Venue and Lodging

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

NCVLI chose the Oregon Convention Center for this year’s Conference after a successful 2017 Conference at the venue. Conveniently located in the Lloyd District and a short walk or MAX trip away from downtown, Conference attendees will have ample access to food, lodging and entertainment without stepping foot in a car.

Room Rates:
Conference Hotels

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232
Phone Reservations: 503-281-6111 (make reservation under group code CVL)
Website: (online code coming soon, book by phone for now)
Located about a 10 minute walk away from the Oregon Convention Center, this hotel is close to the Conference and is the most affordable, high-quality hotel that is still available at government rate for state, federal and military employees.

Update: The Doubletree block has limited space available. Book ASAP to secure government rate. Government rate may be available after the block expires and their online reservation tool has a filter for government rate rooms.

Hotel Eastlund
1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Phone Reservations: 503-235-2100 (ask for National Crime Victim Law Institute group)
Click here to make a reservation (add code 180605NATI to the “Group Code” box when you make your reservation to secure government rate).
Single king guestrooms are available at the government rate for $169.00 plus tax. Rooms must be booked by May 4, 2018 to secure a room in the block and if you cancel you must do so at least 24 hours in advance to avoid cancellation fees.

Update: The Hotel Eastlund block has sold out as of 4/13/2018. There are many options near the Convention Center at various price points, please see below.

Additional Options

Budget Option: Inn at the Convention Center
420 NE Holladay St., Portland, OR 97232
Phone Reservations: 503-233-6331
Directly across the street from the Convention Center and rates as low as $100 (1/3 the cost of most Downtown Portland hotels). The hotel is dated, there is no getting around that. Take a look at Tripadvisor and other online review sites and see if the price/location to quality trade off hits the right note for you.

Budget Option: University Place Hotel
310 SW Lincoln St, Portland, OR 97201
Phone Reservations: (503) 221-0140
This hotel is located in the southern end of downtown Portland and is a 20-25 min light rail ride from the Oregon Convention Center (stations are steps away from both locations). Like the Inn at the Convention Center, rooms only meet basic needs, but can be had for less than $100 per night.

Mid-Range Option: Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station
9920 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220
Phone Reservations: (503) 200-5678
A trendy property that connects via the MAX Red Line to both the Portland Airport and the Oregon Convention Center. They accept government rate for federal and military employees through their website without having to call. It’s not downtown, but it is a very easy train trip right to steps of the Oregon Convention Center and has shopping and dining options that are walkable around the hotel.

Mid to High Range Options: See Lewis and Clark Hotel List
Lewis and Clark maintains a curated list of area hotels that may be available after our room blocks expire or fill at the Hotel Eastlund. A quick review of these properties on 4/13/18 showed that many are not currently honoring their discount rates for summer, but the list can help tailor your search from the large number of hotels in Portland.
Click here to view discounted hotel options

Airport Shuttles:
Shuttles to downtown Portland hotels can be arranged at the ground transportation information desk in the baggage claim area of the PDX Airport. Shuttle times and cost to get back to the Airport after the Conference will be provided shortly.

Public Transportation:
It is also possible to use the TriMet public transportation system for travel between the hotel and the PDX Airport. The TriMet Trip Planner gives step-by-step travel directions.

Questions about Venue or Lodging? Please check the FAQ Page. If you do not find an answer please contact us at or 503-768-6819.

Update: The 2018 Crime Victim Law Conference has sold out and people who were on the wait list have been notified of their status.  There is no additional capacity at this time and we hope to see anyone who can’t make it next year.


2018 Rates 

Early Bird
Before May 4
2 Day
Early Bird
Before May 4
1 Day
After May 4
2 Day
After May 4
1 Day
Standard $399 $225 $475 $275
Government, Academic
or Nonprofit
$339 $180 $399 $239
Student $125 $125 $125 $125


Tuition covers the cost of the two-day Conference and includes Conference snacks, some meals and program materials.

Single Day Rate:

Interested in attending the Conference but only available one day?  Single day registration is available. 

Early Bird Rate: 

Register by Friday, May 4, 2018 to receive discounts on tuition.

Travel Discount:* 

Attendees traveling from the Eastern, Central, Hawaiian time zones are eligible for a $50 discount on registration. Select the TIMEZONE rate for your particular ticket when registering.

NAVRA Member Discount:* 

Members of the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates who have an Enhanced Membership receive $50.00 off tuition.  NAVRA Enhanced members will receive an email with their coupon code.

NAVRA is NCVLI’s bar association of attorneys, advocates and others committed to the protection, enforcement, and advancement of crime victims’ rights. Visit to learn more about NAVRA and to become a member. (Registrants are eligible for only one discount.)

*Only one discount can be claimed. Discounts are not available for the student rate and are pro-rated for the one-day rates. 

Cancellation Policy:

Tuition minus $50 handling fee will be refunded provided an emailed request is submitted to NCVLI at and received by Monday, May 8, 2018. For individuals or organizations paying by check or at the door, NCVLI will invoice the balance due if funds have not been received in advance.

Law Student Writing Competition: 

Law students are invited to submit an original paper or abstract analyzing the legal rights of crime victims. Winners receive a monetary prize and selected papers are eligible for presentation at the Conference. Click here to download an application and apply. Applications are due Friday, February 16, 2018.

Survivor Scholarships:  

Thanks to funding from generous donors, NCVLI is pleased to offer tuition scholarships to eligible survivors to attend the 2018 Crime Victim Law Conference.  Click here to download an application and apply.  Applications are considered quarterly for various professional develop opportunities, but applications seeking funds for the 2018 Conference are due Friday, February 16, 2018.

Student Scholarships: 

Thanks to funding made available from a generous donor, NCVLI is pleased to offer a full tuition scholarship to an eligible law student to attend the 2018 Crime Victim Law Conference. Click here to download an application and apply. Applications are due Friday, February 16, 2018.

Professional Development Scholarships:

The Office for Victims of Crime offers Professional Development Scholarships to those who work with victims of crime.  Click here to learn more and apply.

4/23/18 Update from OVW regarding the 2018 Crime Victim Law Conference:

The following OVW programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference.  Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued.  A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Justice for Families

Legal Assistance

Tribal Jurisdiction


State Coalition


Grantees from Consolidated Youth and STOP may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval.  STOP subgrantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator.  Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.

The reference number for this conference is OVW-2018-MU-020. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”. This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.


Questions about registration and tuition? Please check the FAQ page. If you do not find an answer please contact us at or 503-768-6819.

Crime Victims’ Rights Reception
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Oregon Convention Center

Join us for beer, wine and light appetizers as we recognize outstanding leaders, celebrate the successes of the year and network with friends and colleagues from around the country. Come prepared for our 50/50 Raffle and Exciting Trivia Game!

Looking forward to the celebration!
Beer generously donated by: Lagunitas Brewing Company

Q:        How many CLE credits are available through Conference?

A:        For Oregon Attorneys: Prior Conferences have had 11-13 Oregon CLE credits available. NCVLI will be applying for Oregon CLE credit, including general, ethics, access to justice, and practice credits.  We will have a precise number of approved credits available soon. For Other Attorneys: For states beyond Oregon please see the next FAQ.

Q:        Are my CLE credits earned at Conference applicable outside of Oregon?

A:        Attendees seeking CLE credit outside of Oregon will be provided with a certificate of attendance which notes the total number of hours of the Conference but does not certify attendance at any particular session.  Attendees can then petition their state Bar Association for credit. NCVLI does not seek certification outside of Oregon.

Q:        Are CEU credits available through Conference for Social Workers?

A:        NCVLI has applied for CEU credits with the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.  We will update here when/if the Conference receives certification and with the number of overall credits.

Q:        Can my organization provide information to Conference attendees? If so, how?

A:        For a fee, NCVLI will have an unstaffed Exhibit Hall for victim service nonprofit and governmental organizations to display literature such as brochures, pamphlets, and leaflets. A full table can be purchased for $500 and shared table for $250. Space is limited, however.

Click here to register as an Exhibitor.

Q:        Are scholarships available for attendees?

A:        Yes, professional development scholarships and a student scholarship are available. Please visit the Register tab for more details.

Q:        Can I get a DVD or CD of Conference content?

A:        NCVLI does not provide CD or DVD of Conference materials. We do, however, provide attendees access to a password-protected website on which all Conference materials (e.g. PowerPoints, cases, pleadings) are uploaded and can be viewed and downloaded for personal use after Conference.

Q:        Can I register for just one day of Conference?

A:        Yes, single day rates are available. Please visit the Register tab for more details.

Q:        I registered for Conference but am only able to attend one day or cannot attend the event at all, can I transfer my registration to someone else?

A:        Registrations may be transferred to another member of your organization for no fee if the request is submitted by Friday, April 27, 2018. Registration transfers will not be allowed after that date. Transfer requests can be emailed to and need to include the original registration confirmation along with the name and contact information of the new person who is being registered.

We do not allow partial registration transfers for 1 day and encourage attendees to register using a 1 day ticket if that better suits their needs.

Q:        I am unable to attend Conference but would like a copy of Conference materials. How do I obtain a copy of the materials if I am not an attendee?

A:        All materials provided at Conference or made available on the password protected website after the Conference are solely for the benefit of paid Conference attendees. If you are a paid attendee but simply cannot attend you will still have access to the password-protected website after the Conference.  If you are not a paid attendee we cannot provide you the materials.

Q:       Is transportation provided to the Conference?

A:       The Conference is located within walking distance of both recommended Conference hotels and many nearby restaurants and shops.  Transportation from the airport to/from the Conference hotel is the responsibility of the attendee.  Public transportation options can be found using The TriMet Trip Planner or you can contact your hotel for particular guidance regarding your best airport transportation options.

Q:        What is different about this training?

A:       The Crime Victim Law Conference is the only national conference focusing on victim law, including enforcement of victims’ rights in criminal cases.  So while many trainings are about services and support for victims, this Conference looks at the law of victims’ rights in all systems (criminal, civil, administrative).  While many sessions are taught by lawyers, we integrate a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the impact of law, rights, and the justice system on victims.  We also ensure that while the focus is law, advocates and allied professionals benefit from the sessions as increased understanding of the law and its impact is good for everyone who works with victims.

Q:       Who is the target audience? 

A:        Our target audience includes lawyers, advocates, and allied professionals working with victims as they navigate justice systems (criminal, civil, administrative).

Q:        Is this Conference a look at victim’s rights at a national level?
A:       The Conference includes breakout sessions, and plenaries that address broad, national victims’ rights issues, but also offers glimpses of state- and local-level work so that individuals from different jurisdictions can learn from each other’s practices.
Q:       In the overview it states the Conference includes a focus on rights enforcement in criminal cases. What does this mean? 

A:       Most states have constitutional amendments and every state has a statutory scheme that affords victims rights during the criminal investigation and prosecution of the perpetrator.  These rights generally include the rights to be notified, present, and heard at certain times and to seek restitution.  Often these rights are left to the prosecutor to assert on the victim’s behalf, which can mean that the rights are not advocated for as aggressively as a victim may hope, and at other times despite the prosecutor’s advocacy courts ignore the rights and no one seeks appellate relief.  “Victims’ rights enforcement” is that part of victim law that is about victims asserting their rights independently in criminal trial courts and seeking appellate review when those rights are denied.

Q:       Is this an OVW-approved training?

A:      We will be submitting conference approval to OVW and will update this FAQ as we receive more information. In most cases, grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Click here to nominate a person or organization for an Outstanding Achievement Award to be presented at the 2018 Crime Victim Law Conference.

Past Recipients

Legal Advocacy Award

2016 – Mariam El-menshawi
2015 – Network for Victim Recovery of DC
2014 – Amy Terrible
2013 – Russell Butler
2012 – Erin Olson
2011 – Steve Kelly
2010 – Heidi Nestel
2009 – Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project
2008 – Steven J. Twist
2007 – Jamie Mills
2006 – Cynthia Hora
2005 – Paul Cassell
2004 – Richard D. Pompelio
2003 – Jay Howell & Cynthia Lee Carter
2002 – Lyn Schollett
2001 – Wendy Murphy 


Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award

2017 – Scott Flor
2016 – Valenda Applegarth
2015 – Johanna Costa
2014 – Catherine Harper Lee
2013 – Chanpone Sinlapasai
2012 – Jennifer Storm
2011- Anne Seymour
2010 – Steve Doell
2009 – Steve Derene
2008 – Roberta Roper
2007 – John Stein
2006 – Diane Moyer
2005 – Kathy Skaggs
2004 – Gail Burns-Smith 


Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

2017 – New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee, Claudia J. Bayliff
2016 – Dr. Jerry Yager
2015 – Detective Carrie Hull
2014 – Courthouse Dogs Foundation
2013 – Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
2012 – Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center & Denver District Attorney’s Office
2011- Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights
2010 – Victim Witness Section of the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arizona
2009 – Mónica Ramírez
2008 – Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, James McIntyre, & Russ Rato
2007 – Attorney General Hardy Myers
2006 – Grant County Prosecutor’s Office & Dano, Gilbert & Ahrend P.L.L.C.

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