Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does the recent outbreak of COVID-19 affect the scheduling of this Conference?
A: The 2021 Crime Victim Law Conference will be held from November 11-13. This is scheduled to be a hybrid event held in-person at the Oregon Convention Center and virtually.
NCVLI will continue to monitor and track COVID-19 leading up to the Conference. Please continue to check the website for any updates.
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, 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 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.
Q: How many CLE credits are available through Conference?
A: For Oregon Attorneys: NCVLI has applied for 19.5 Oregon CLE credits, including general and access to justice 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: 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 a virtual Exhibit Hall available to Exhibitors. Becoming a Conference Sponsor is another way to display your organization and engage with attendees in a dynamic way! More information about Exhibitors and Sponsorship will be posted shortly.
Q: Are scholarships available for attendees?
A: Professional development scholarships may be available through OVC TTAC. Please visit the registration and tuition page 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 Conference App - Whova, and access to some sessions for 90 days after the event.
Q: Can I register for just one day of Conference?
A: Registration information will be updated shortly. Please check back soon for more information.
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 11, 2021. 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, along with recordings available for 90 days after the Conference. 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.