Due to COVID-19, the in-person Conference event in June was postponed to November 14-15 this year. Learn more about NCVLI’s response to COVID-19 here.
NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference, now in its 19th 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.
Q: How is this Conference different than other victim conferences?
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, military, 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, military). We welcome both civilian and military-focused professionals.
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, including the military, has a statutory scheme that affords victims’ rights during the criminal investigation and prosecution of an accused. 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.
Q: How many CLE credits are available through Conference?
A: For Oregon Attorneys: NCVLI will apply for Oregon CLE credits.
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: Can my organization provide information to Conference attendees? If so, how?
A: NCVLI has many options for both virtual and in-person Exhibitors and Sponsors and an option to send materials in advance for a fee. Use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of this page to learn more.
Q: Are scholarships available for attendees?
A: Professional development scholarships may be available through OVC TTAC. Please visit the OVC TTAC’s Professional Development Scholarships webpage for more details.
Q: Can I get a recording of the 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 our official Whova Conference App. Further, Registrants for the virtual conference will have access to virtual sessions for 90 days after the event.
Q: Can I register for just one day of Conference?
A: Yes, one day registration is available.
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 October 31, 2020. Registration transfers will not be allowed after that date. Transfer requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and need to include the original registration confirmation along with the name and contact information of the new person who is being registered.
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 the Whova 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.
The deadline for submitting a Session Proposal Form has passed. Please visit the Agenda tab for information about Speakers.
NCVLI relies on the support of our partners to ensure a successful Conference. NCVLI offers multiple sponsorship options, each with excellent benefits that fit a sponsor’s needs and budget.
Thank you to our 2020 Crime Victim Law Conference Sponsors!