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Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy

Advanced Academy

STATEWIDE RESTITUTION SUMMIT - November 2017

The Advanced Academy offered November 27-28, 2017 offers 1.5 days of focused training on victims’ right to restitution under Oregon law.

Each year, the Advanced Academy offers training on a different topic or topics focusing on specific crimes or specific victim populations, advanced skills, or topics relating to sustainability sustainable advocacy, or capacity building for programs and advocates. Topics are selected based on feedback from advocates statewide.

Target Audience:  

Everyone is welcome at this year’s Advanced Academy. The target audience varies each day, however,

  • Day 1 is targeted primarily at advocates and prosecutors. It will provide an overview of restitution, compare it to compensatory fines, and highlight model restitution programs based in prosecution offices.

  • Day 2 is targeted primarily at prosecutors, victim counsel and legal practitioners. It will cover advanced substantive legal topics impacting restitution that are emerging in Oregon’s case law.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

Day 1: November 27

8:30am - 9:00am         Registration

9:00am - 9:15am         Welcome & Introductions

9:15am - 10:45am       Restitution Fundamentals & Best Practices

                                  Presented by Rebecca Freeman & Helen O’Brien

In this session the presenters will provide an overview of criminal restitution laws and practices.  The presenters will highlight key elements of Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Services Division’s restitution best practices guide titled “Honoring a Victim’s Right to Restitution.”

10:45am - 11:00am     Break

11:00am - 12:00pm     The Vision, the Plan and the Hurdles of Starting a Restitution Program:
                                 Multnomah County Example

Helen O’Brien & Mike Schmidt

Creating a program that makes a victim’s right to restitution meaningful presents many challenges.  The presenters will walk through the process used in Multnomah County, sharing the vision, the plan and the hurdles they experienced.  Presenters will be asked to fill in this statement:  “If I knew then what I know now I would have ….”

12:00pm - 1:15pm       Lunch on your own

1:15pm - 2:30pm         Panel:  Thinking Outside the Box To Craft Effective Restitution Programs 

Brenda Allen, Denise Pena, Lori Silano & Varie Luciano

Effective restitution programs can come in many shapes and sizes.  The presenters on this panel will share the elements they have found most critical.  Presenters hail from Multnomah, Lane and Yamhill Counties. 

 2:30pm - 2:45pm        Break

2:45pm - 4:30pm         Restitution FAQs: From Restitution to Compensatory Fines and Beyond

Greg Rios

Oregon’s restitution law is complex, presenting many opportunities and challenges for any practitioner.  For instance is it better for a victim to secure restitution or a compensatory fine?  What is the timeline in which restitution must be ordered? What evidence is necessary in a restitution hearing?  The presenter will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about Oregon’s restitution law. 

Day 2: November 28 (CLE credits to be applied for)

8:15am - 8:30am         Registration

8:30am - 9:45am         Restitution Case Law Review

                           Amy Liu & Greg Rios

Oregon’s restitution law is constantly evolving.  The last few years have seen a great deal of appellate attention to the topic of restitution with new rules emerging.  The presenters will highlight some of the most interesting and impactful recent decisions that should inform practice.

9:45am - 10:30am       Hot Topics in Restitution: Civil Attorney Perspective

Erin Olson

Victims’ financial recovery often includes both criminal and civil elements.  In this session the presenter will discuss how civil attorneys can use a criminal conviction and/or restitution judgement to obtain a civil judgment that can be collected.  The presenter will also discuss the tools available in civil practice that criminal practitioners may not have available and how those tools can aid victims.

10:30am - 10:45am     Break

10:45am - 12:00pm     Hot topics in Restitution:  Prosecutor Perspective

Todd Jackson & Frances Hlawatsch

Returning to the criminal justice system in this final session, the presenters will discuss effective collection practices in restitution, including garnishment and more.

Location

The Tilikum Room, The Portland Legal Building, 100 SW Market Street, Portland, OR 97201

Costs

The $80 registration fee includes all written materials. Participants pay for their own lunch, travel and lodging expenses. If space allows, Day 2-only pricing may be offered. 

Information about the training facility’s dress code and other logistics will be sent to registrants prior to the start of the Advanced Academy. This training may qualify for CEUs. 

Registration

Register here.

Past Topics:  

Each year, the Advanced Academy offers training on a different topic or topics focusing on specific crimes or specific victim populations, advanced skills, or topics relating to sustainability sustainable advocacy, or capacity building for programs and advocates.  Topics are selected based on feedback from advocates statewide.

Past topics include:  Mass Casualty Incidents and the Role of the Advocate (2015), Serving Survivors of Homicide (2013), and Advanced Communications: Confidentiality and Crisis Response (2012).

For more information, please see our FAQs page or email NCVLI at ncvli@lclark.edu.

This project was supported by Award Nos. 2015-VF-GX-0027 and 2015-VA-GX-0013 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice.