Thank you to everyone who participated in our 18th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference this summer!  More information on our 2020 Conference will be available soon.  Check back often for details! 

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference, which recently experienced its 18th 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. 

CLE credits were approved from the Oregon State Bar for the National Crime Victim Law Conference; attendees should have received a certificate for their credits. If you participated in the Conference this year but did NOT receive a certificate, contact our Conference team (information below).

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

Thursday, June 6

8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 9:25 AM Welcome & Conference Opening
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Rod Underhill, JD, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

9:25 – 10:15 AM Opening Plenary
Victim Experience Across Military & Civilian Justice Systems
Ryan Guilds, JD, Arnold & Porter
Panel of Survivors

10:15 – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions 1
Leveraging Technology to Increase Survivor Access Justice
Katie Coleman, JD, South Carolina Victim Assistance Network
Mel Fisher, MPA, Montana Legal Services Association
Liz Keith, MA, Pro Bono Net
Remla Parthasarathy, JD, Empire Justice Center

Fundamentals of Litigating Victims’ Rights
Terry Campos, JD, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Desiree Staeffler-Marchbanks, JD, National Crime Victim Law Institute

Victims’ Rights in the Military Justice System: A Case Study
CPT Melissa Ken, United States Air Force 
CPT Sean McDivitt, United States Air Force
CPT Matthew Pellegrine, United States Air Force

Restitution: A Crime Victim’s Right to “Prompt Restitution”
 Dan Levey, Arizona Crime Victim Rights Law Group                                                                                     Hon. Roland Steinle, III, JD, Maricopa County Superior Court (Ret.)
Randall Udelman, JD, Arizona Crime Victim Rights Law Group

Justice Through the Witness: The Untold Stories Program at LOTUS
Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD, LOTUS Legal Clinic
Emily Nolan, PhD, Mount Mary University

12:00 – 12:20 PM Lunch Break

12:20 – 12:35 PM Awards

12:35 – 1:25 PM Lunch Plenary
Title IX: Representing Survivors of Campus & K-12 Assault in the Current Era
Cari Simon, JD, The Fierberg National Law Group

1:25 – 1:45 PM Break

1:45 – 3:15 PM Breakout Sessions 2
Closer to Home: How the Sexual Assault of Children by Known, Trusted Adults Affects Those Children & Their Families
Janine Robben, JD

Why Prosecutors Do What They Do: Building Effective Partnerships with Prosecutors for Better Victim-Centered Outcomes
Katharine Manning, JD, Executive Office for United States Attorneys
Sarah McClellan, JD, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia

Supporting Victims of Crime During Appeals
Ashley Arens, MSW, MSSP, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
Kazi Houston, JD, MSW, MA, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center

Ethical Responsibilities & Considerations
Traci Anderson, JD, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office 
Emily Hyde, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Program
Dayna Underhill, JD, Holland & Knight LLP
Yazmin Wadia, JD, Oregon Crime Victims Law Center

History & Current-Day Military Practice of Victims’ Rights
CPT Kezia Manese, JD, United States Army
COL Pete Yob, JD, United States Army

3:15 – 3:30 PM Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM Breakout Sessions 3
Show Me the Money: Accessing Federal Formula Dollars to Expand Services to Victims of Crime Under the New(ish) Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Rule
Kathrina Peterson, JD, Office for Victims of Crime
Heather Warnken, JD, LLM, United States Department of Justice

Strategic Litigation: Reflecting on a Year of Victims’ Rights Litigation
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, National Crime Victim Rights Institute
Amy C. Liu, JD, National Crime Victim Rights Institute 

The Use & Misuse of Victim Impact Statements in Military Justice
LCDR Jason Roberts, United States Coast Guard
LCDR Jeremy Weiss, JD, United States Coast Guard

Opening the Door: The Importance of Post-Conviction Relief for Human Trafficking Victims
Jean Bruggeman, Freedom Network USA
Robin Miller, Janus Youth Programs
Kate Mogulescu, JD, Brooklyn Law School

Advancing Support & Justice for Victims through Multidisciplinary Teams
Anne DePrince, PhD, University of Denver

5:00 – 6:30 PM Crime Victims’ Rights Reception


Friday, June 7

8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration & Coffee

8:30 – 9:00 AM Welcome & Awards
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Rod Underhill, JD, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

9:00 – 9:50 AM Opening Plenary
Innovations in Victim Lawyering: Lessons Across the Military
MAJ David Koon, JD, National Guard Bureau, Office of the Chief Counsel
CPT Matthew Pellegrine, JD, United States Air Force
COL Pete Yob, JD, LLM, United States Army

9:50 – 10:10 AM Break

10:10 – 11:25 AM Breakout Sessions 4
Environmental Crime Victims
Laurie Dubriel, JD, United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Law and Policy Section
Daniel Dooher, JD, United States Department of Justice
John Gregory, JD, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Legislative Strategies to Advance Victims’ Rights
Erin Olson, JD, Law Office of Erin Olson, PC

Survivors of Military Sexual Assault
MAJ David Koon, JD, National Guard Bureau, Office of the Chief Counsel

Sequencing Justice: How Women Think About Restorative & Retributive Justice After Violence
 Robyn Holder, PhD, Griffith University, Australia

Rights & Protections of Child-Victims
Kathy Cady, JD
Colleen Clase, JD, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims
Marcy Morales, MA, Arizona Department of Child Safety

11:25 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch Break

12:00 – 12:45 PM Facilitated Conversations
EJW Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows – Closed Session
Equal Justice Works Fellows only

How States are Using Data Analysis for Restitution
Grace Beil Call, Council of State Governments Justice Center

Teaching Victims’ Rights at Your Local Law School
Doug Beloof, JD, Lewis & Clark Law School

Lessons Learned from the Post-Conviction Victims’ Rights Project
Lorie Brisbin, National Institute of Corrections
Terry L. Campos, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Julie K. Hester, MBA, National Crime Victim Law Institute

Serving Crime Victims with Incarceration Histories
Allison Hastings, MS, Vera Institute of Justice
Quetita Cavero, JD, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

Interested in Getting Involved with NCVLI’s Board of Directors or Advisory Council? Meet with the Board President 
Helene Davis, NCVLI Board of Directors

Civil Legal Aid & Victims’ Rights Enforcement: A Meet-Up

12:45 – 1:00 PM Break

1:00 – 2:15 PM Breakout Sessions 5
Credibility as a Central Tenet of Sustainable Advocacy
Caroline Olfert, MA, Oregon Department of Justice
Johanna Costa, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon

Be the Judge: Victims’ RIghts Year in Review
 Rebecca S.T. Khalil, JD, National Crime Victim Rights Institute
Joshua Medina, JD, National Crime Victim Rights Institute

Eight Common Myths About Abusers & Why They Still Matter in Courts
David Adams, Ed.D, Emerge

Trauma Informed Communication from Intake to the Courtroom
Chris Wilson, PsyD, Being Trauma Informed

Advancing the Interests of Victims in Federal Habeas Corpus Actions
Amy Karangekis, JD, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Kathy Morrissey, BA, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Randall E. Ravitz, JD, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

2:15 – 2:35 PM Break

2:35 – 3:50 PM Breakout Sessions 6
Strategic Litigation: The Horizon of Victims’ Rights Litigation
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, National Crime Victim Law Institute

Internet of Things (IoT) Safety Risks & Strategies
 Ian Harris, JD, MA, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Toby Shulruff, National Network to End Domestic Violence

Legal Tools to Address Elder Abuse & Obtain Restitution
Prescott Cole, JD, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
Sarah Galvan, JD, Justice in Aging

Developing Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed  Legal Advocacy Services & Responses
Olga Truillo, JD, Caminar Latino

3:50 – 4:00 PM Break

4:00 – 4:45 PM Closing Plenary
Navigating Tragedy
Nicole Clavo, PhD, The Healing5 Foundation, Inc.

4:45 – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, National Crime Victim Law Institute

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:
Hotel Options in Portland

Inn at the Convention Center (Government Rate Available)

420 NE Holladay St, Portland, OR 97232 |

Motel 6 Portland Downtown (Government Rate Available)

518 NE Holladay St, Portland, OR 97232 |

Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center (Government Rate Available)

435 NE Wasco St, Portland, OR 97232 |

The Hoxton, Portland (Government Rate Available)

15 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 |

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown (Government Rate Available)

319 SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204 |

University Place Hotel (Government Rate Available)

310 SW Lincoln St, Portland, OR 97201 |

Conference Hotels

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Portland (SOLD OUT)
1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232
Phone Reservations: (800) 996-0510. Make your reservation under the group “2019 Crime Victim Law Institute.”
Located about a 10 minute walk away from the Oregon Convention Center, this hotel is close to the Conference. There are limited rooms available for this hotel. All reservations must be booked before May 6, 2019. Guests of NCVLI will also be able to utilize the overnight parking, with in-and-out privileges, for $10.00 per day, please inquire when making your reservation.

Hotel Eastlund (SOLD OUT)
1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Phone Reservations: (503) 235-2100 (Use group code NCVLI2019)
Click here to make a reservation (add code NCVLI2019 to the “Group Code” box when you make your reservation to secure government rate).
Single king guestrooms are available at the government rate for $184.00 plus tax. Rooms must be booked by May 6, 2019 to secure a room in the block.

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.

Registration is now closed for this event.

2019 Rates 

Early Bird
On or Before May 3
2 Day
Early Bird
On or Before May 3
1 Day
After May 3
2 Day
After May 3
1 Day
Standard $425 $299 $525 $349
Government, Academic
or Nonprofit
$375 $249 $475 $299
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, April 26, 2019 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 (i.e., an enhanced NAVRA member from the Eastern time zone can only claim one $50 discount). 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 Wednesday, May 8, 2019. 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 Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Survivor Scholarships:  

Thanks to funding from generous donors, NCVLI is pleased to offer tuition scholarships to eligible survivors to attend the 2019 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 2019 Conference are due Friday, February 15, 2019.

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.

OVW Approval:

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.


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

Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
Thank you to all who joined us for wine and light appetizers as we  celebrated the successes of the year and networked with friends and colleagues from around the country.  Guests participated in our 50/50 Raffle and learned more about each other while winning prizes during People Bingo.
Thanks to everyone who made the 2019 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception a success!

Q:        What is different about this Conference?

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 national and international victims’ rights issues.  The Conference 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 jurisdiction 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.

Q:        How many CLE credits are available through Conference?

A:        For Oregon Attorneys: Prior Conferences have had 11-13 Oregon CLE credits available. NCVLI applied and was approved for 12 Oregon CLE credits, including general, ethics, access to justice, and practice.

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 will be applying 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.
Click here to register as an Exhibitor.

Q:        Who is eligible for the Student Discount?

A:        To be eligible for the student discount individuals must be attending a university, college, law school, graduate school, community college, or vocational school as at least a half-time student.  High school students over 18 are also eligible if they are enrolled full time.  High school students under 18 can be considered on special conditions.  If you are under 18 and would like to attend the Conference, please email an interest statement to


Q:        Are scholarships available for attendees?

A:        Yes, professional development scholarships 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 electronic access to Conference materials (e.g. PowerPoints, cases, pleadings) through an App.

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 individual for no fee if the request is submitted by Friday, April 26, 2019. 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 Conference materials. How do I obtain the Conference materials if I am not an attendee?

A:        All materials (e.g. PowerPoints, cases, pleadings) provided at Conference or made available to attendees on a Conference app.  If you are a paid attendee but simply cannot attend you will still have access to the materials through this App. 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.

Each year NCVLI accepts nominations for Outstanding Achievement Awards in three categories: Legal Advocacy, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services, and Victims’ Rights Partnership.


Outstanding Achievement Awards

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Awards!

All awards were presented at the Crime Victim Law Conference June 6-7, 2019. Read more about our 2019 honorees here.

Legal Advocacy Award

2019 – Jamie Balson, JD

Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award

2019 – David Lisak, PhD

Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

2019 – The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

Past Recipients

Legal Advocacy Award

2018 – Rose Mukhar
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

2018 – LOTUS Legal Clinic
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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