May 21 – 22, 2024

2024 Crime Victim Law Conference

Portland, Oregon | Hilton Portland Downtown

Pre-Conference Institute to be held May 20, 2024

Early bird pricing is available for in-person Conference tickets only.  It is available until April 22nd! Prices below are for early bird pricing! Prices will increase by $50 once the deadline passes, so register soon. 

The Conference is a two day event for attorneys, advocates and allied professionals with a variety of plenary and breakout sessions.

  • Pre-Conference Institute: Strategic Litigation to Advance Victims’ Rights – For Attorneys Only| $125 + Processing fees.
    • This in-person only training will be an advanced session during which attendees analyze and craft litigation strategies to advance victims’ rights.  This session is for attorneys only. CLE credits will be applied for.  
  • Conference In-Person Standard Rate (May 21-22) | $525 + Processing fees.
    • Admission to the 2023 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • Conference In-Person Gov/Military Rate (May 21-22)  | $475 + Processing fees.
    • Admission to the 2023 Crime Victim Law Conference for those employed by government entities or the military.
  • Conference In-Person Non-Profit/Academic (May 21-22) | $425 + Processing fees.
    • Admission to the 2023 Crime Victim Law Conference for non-profit staff, educators, and academics.
  • Conference Virtual Ticket Attendance (May 21-22) | $375 + Processing fees.
    • Admission to virtual attendance of the 2023 Crime Victim Law Conference.

Group discount for Conference (Pre-Conference Institute not included): Groups that are more than 4 people, can receive a 5% discount. Groups that are larger than 10 people can receive a 10% discount. The group must be registered at the same time. If you would like a discount code, please contact ncvliconference@lclark.edu.

The Pre-Conference Institute is for attorneys only and will be in-person on May 20,2024.  If you intend to attend both the Pre-Conference Institute and the Crime Victim Law Conference, please make sure to purchase both tickets on the Registration Page

The Pre-Conference Institute is a separate ticket purchase from the Conference and is an in-person event only.

The Pre-Conference Institute is a half day intensive educational event that is held the day prior to the full Conference. This year it is a facilitated roundtable for attorneys that will focus on strategic litigation to advance victims’ rights.

Strategic Litigation to Advance Victims‘ Rights
May 20th from 1:30pm-5pm
Downtown Hilton
In 2004 — nearly 20 years ago — the United States Congress passed PubLNo108405, and the President signed into law the Scott CampbellStephanie RoperWendy PrestonLouarna Gillis, and Nila Lynn Crime Victims’ Rights Act.  Known familiarly as the CVRA and codified at 18 U.S.C. § 3771, the law sought to make “victims independent participants in the criminal justice process.” Since the CVRA’s passage, individual states across the country have revisited and revised their own victims‘ rights constitutional and statutory provisions to increase protections for victims.  On the surface, there is so much progress for victims’ rights proponents to celebrate.  Yet, across the country, victims still face a reality where their independent participation is counter to a legal culture that disfavors or ignores it, violations of victims‘ rights are left unchallenged and unremedied, and courts interpret victims‘ rights without the benefit of victim attorney input.  How can we, as a victims’ rights legal community, work to end this reality and build a justice system that honors victims’ rights?  We know that increased litigation (trial and appellate) can help create precedent to ensure positive progress and to change the culture both inside and outside the courtroom.  But how do we get there when the laws of each jurisdiction are different and when resources are limited?  Join us for an afternoon of strategizing to identify a path forward.  Using case scenarios and sample law from across the country we will collaboratively identify priorities and craft a plan to advance victims‘ rights through litigation.  Come ready to participate!

 

The 2024 Crime Victim Law Conference will be held at Hilton Portland Downtown.

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More Information about the total number of CLE credits will be available at a later date. In the past, the Pre-Conference Institute has requested and been approved for 3 credits; the Conference has requested and been approved for between 10-12 credits from the Oregon State Bar. NCVLI is a CLE provider for California and will seek certification for CLE credits in California.

Attendees seeking CLE credit outside of Oregon and California will be provided with a certificate of attendance which notes the total number of hours of the Conference and allows the conference attendees to self-certify the sessions they attended.  Attendees can then petition their state Bar Association for credit. NCVLI will not seek certification for other states.

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, 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 many 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 primary audience is attorneys who work with victims as they navigate justice systems (criminal, civil, military  administrative).  We also include sessions to aid advocates and allied professionals working with victims.

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 (sometimes) international victims’/human rights issues and themes that present across jurisdictions.  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 an accused.  These rights generally include the rights to be notified, present, and heard at certain times, to privacy and protection, 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 and seeking enforcement of their rights independently in criminal courts and seeking appellate review when those rights are denied.

Q: What is included in the virtual Conference?

A: Plenaries and one breakout topic per session will be streamed and recorded. The recorded sessions will be available online for 90 days after the event for all attendees.

Q:  Is this an OVW-approved training?

A:  We will submit a conference approval request 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 Modification (GAM) is issued. A GAM must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Q:  Can I get a refund once I have purchased my tickets?

A:  Partial refunds can be processed until 30 days before Conference. Refunds will include all but $50 to capture staff processing time. No third-party fees will be refunded. Once we are less than 30 days away from the Conference, we will no longer provide any refunds. You are welcome to request a switch from in-person to a virtual Conference ticket at no charge until May 20th.  Alternatively, you may transfer your registration to another person for no fee if the request is submitted by Friday, May 1st. We look forward to seeing you in May!

Q:  How many CLE credits are available through Conference?

A: Once we are closer to the Conference, we will update this answer with the expected number of CLE credits. In the past, the Pre-Conference Institute has requested and been approved for 3 credits; the Conference has requested and been approved for between 10-12 credits from the Oregon State Bar. 

 

For Other Attorneys practicing in states beyond Oregon

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

A:  NCVLI is a CLE provider for California and will seek certification for CLE credits in California. Attendees seeking CLE credit outside of Oregon and California will be provided with a certificate of attendance which notes the total number of hours of the Conference and allows the Conference attendees to self-certify the sessions they attended.  Attendees can then petition their state Bar Association for credit. NCVLI will not seek certification for other states.

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

A:  NCVLI is not applying for CEU credits.

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

A:  For a fee, NCVLI will have an unstaffed Exhibit Hall to display literature such as brochures, pamphlets, and leaflets. 

 

 

Q:  Who is eligible for the Student Discount?

A:  To be eligible for the student discount (20% 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 or GED enrolled students over 18 are also eligible if they are enrolled full time. Please contact ncvliconference@lclark.edu to request the discount. 

Q:  Are scholarships available for attendees?

A:   Professional development scholarships may be available through OVC-TTAC (https://www.ovcttac.gov/views/HowWeCanHelp/dspPDScholarship.cfm). 

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

A:  No, Conference registration is for both days. There is a Pre-Conference Institute that is held on just one day and attorneys can choose to register for only the Pre-Conference Institute. 

Q:  I registered for Conference but am unable to attend the event. 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, May 1st. Registration transfers will not be allowed after that date. Transfer requests can be emailed to ncvliconference@lclark.edu and need to include the original registration confirmation along with the name and contact information of the new person who is being registered. Partial registration transfers are not allowed. 

Q: I am unable to attend the 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 will be available to registrants even if you cannot attend.  If you are a paid registrant but simply cannot attend, you will still have access to the materials through this App. If you are not a paid registrant, we cannot provide you the materials.

Q:  Is transportation provided to the Conference?

A: No.  The Conference is located within the recommended Conference hotel and is within walking distance of 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 the hotel for particular guidance regarding your best airport transportation options.

Q: What is the Conference hotel?

A:  This year, the Conference venue is the Hilton Portland Downtown, which is located at 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204. It is walking distance from bus stops, the MAX light rail, parks, and the Willamette River. The code to book rooms is: https://book.passkey.com/gt/219611997?gtid=fabefcbace09a2edf5821563d84fb9a0 

Q: What is the Conference App?

A: The Conference app this year is Whova. Within this app you can conveniently access the Conference agenda, communicate with Conference organizers and attendees, and pose questions to presenters. Many important announcements regarding the Conference will be communicated within this app so it is recommended that attendees download Whova. To download this app, click this link if you use iPhones or iPadsUse this Link if you use Android phones and tablets. Alternatively, navigate to the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android) and search for Whova. 

Q:  How much does it cost to attend the Conference?

A:  There are a few levels for Conference registration. Please see the registration form for details. If you have additional questions, please contact ncvliconference@lclark.edu

Q: If I register for the Conference do I get to attend the Pre-Conference Institute?

A: You must register separately for the Pre-Conference Institute to attend the Pre-Conference Institute. This year the Pre-Conference Institute, which will be held May 20th, is only open to attorneys.  Registration to the Conference is only valid for May 21st-22nd.  

Q:  If I register for the Pre-Conference Institute do I get a discount on Conference?

A:  No, registration is unique for each event and does not create eligibility for a discount.  

Q: Do NAVRA members receive a discount?

A: Enhanced NAVRA members are eligible for a discount of $50 for both the in-person and the virtual Conference. Please contact ncvliconference@lclark.edu to receive the discount code. 

Q:  What is the attire for the Conference?

A:  Casual or business casual.  There will likely be military members in uniform.

Q: What is the difference between the Conference & the Pre-Conference Institute?

A:  The Pre-Conference Institute is a half day intensive educational event that is held the day prior to the full Conference. This year it is a facilitated roundtable for attorneys that will focus on strategic litigation to advance victims’ rights.  The Conference is a two day event with a variety of plenary and breakout sessions.