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Due Process for Victims: Meaningful Rights in Every Case

2010 Crime Victim Law Conference

Scales of JusticeNCVLI’s Crime Victim Law Conference is the only national conference focusing on rights enforcement. The Conference provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide effective legal representation to victims of crime. The Crime Victim Law Conference is also an ideal opportunity for criminal justice professionals to meet, network, increase their knowledge of victim law, and foster the national conversation on the advancement of rights.

This year’s theme, ‘Due Process for Victims: Meaningful Rights in Every Case,’ is about securing fairness for crime victims. Fairness requires both procedural and substantive due process. This means that the law must be applied fairly to all, procedural safeguards must be afforded before a decision is taken that could affect a citizen’s right, and each person’s fundamental rights must be protected throughout the process. Conference participants will learn how to secure basic victims’ rights such as: reasonable notice, victim voice, and privacy protections.

Who Should Attend

The Crime Victim Law Conference is designed for attorneys and advocates from all fields who are seeking to increase their knowledge of victims’ rights, and who hope to become better advocates for the victims they serve. The curriculum includes sessions specifically designed for both attorneys and advocates.

Program Highlights

The curriculum for the Crime Victim Law Conference is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of victims’ rights law, both theory and practice. Specifically, in focusing on securing due process for victims, the Conference will feature Plenary Sessions on:

  • What Reasonable Notice Means in the Context of Victims’ Rights, presented by Keli Luther, Senior Attorney, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims
  • How Victim Voice Can Impact the System, presented by Helene Davis, Founding Member of Mothers Against Murder and Assault, and Doug Houser, Senior Counsel at Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
  • Victims’ Fundamental Right to Privacy - What it Means and How to Secure it, presented by Jay Howell, Jay Howell & Associates

Following each plenary will be practice sessions taught by experienced practitioners that will ensure participants can develop the practical skills necessary to effectively advocate for victims.

The Crime Victim Law Conference will also feature interactive roundtable workshops on emerging victims’ rights issues. The roundtables are designed to increase dialogue among key participants in the criminal justice system. This year NCVLI staff will facilitate roundtables on ‘Deprivation of Victims’ Rights as a Basis for a Federal Due Process Claim’ and on ‘Victims’ Rights during Plea Bargaining.’

Other key topics that will be covered include:

  • Arguing for and securing full restitution for crime victims;
  • Protecting the rights of child-victims;
  • The psychological impact of the criminal justice system on crime victims;
  • The meaning, scope, and enforceability of the right to be reasonably protected;
  • Fundamentals of victims’ rights for both attorneys and advocates;
  • A legal and psychological analysis of a victim’s right to be heard;
  • Oregon’s new victims’ rights laws one year after passage of SB 233;
  • Representing victims in multiple legal proceedings;
  • Victims’ rights when the victim is a reluctant witness;
  • Starting a pro bono victims’ rights clinic;
  • The “how-to” of crafting victim impact statements;
  • Jury selection and decision-making in sexual assault cases;
  • Crime victim advocacy in family court;
  • Identity theft and financial fraud; and
  • Identification, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking.

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Registration for the Conference is now closed. Information on Conference registration and tuition rates can be found here. NCVLI offers a discounted rate to all members of the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys (NAVRA). Learn more about becoming a member of NAVRA here.

Venue and Lodging

All sessions of the Crime Victim Law Conference will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, a beautiful hotel across the street from the Willamette River and within easy walking distance of many excellent restaurants, stores, museums, and other exciting places in downtown Portland. Further information can be found here, including information on the availability of shuttles to and from the airport and public transportation.

Exhibitor Opportunities

Interested in displaying information about your organization at the Crime Victim Law Conference? A limited amount of exhibition space is available. Contact for more information.

Questions about the Conference? Please contact NCVLI at or 503-768-6819.

This conference is supported by Grant No. 2008-DD-BX-K001 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.