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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Annual Conference

2010NCVLI_199NCVLI’s Crime Victim Law Conference, now in its 10th year, is the only national conference dedicated to 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 representation to victims of crime. The Conference will take place June 14-15, 2011 in Portland, Oregon.


The overarching purpose of the 2011 conference, themed “10 Years of Rights Enforcement:  Creating the Future of Crime Victim Law,” is to celebrate 10 years of litigation successes while recognizing emerging challenges to victims’ rights.  It is our goal to grow the national community of law students, attorneys, and advocates that understand rights enforcement by reaching more advocates and attorneys to help evaluate progress to date advancing victims’ rights; to identify strategies for overcoming present hurdles to progress; and to articulate plans to shape the future of victims’ rights enforcement.  To achieve this purpose, the Conference will feature 4 plenary sessions and 24 breakout sessions addressing topics of critical importance to the victims’ rights community, taught by leading victim law experts from across the country. 

View the Conference brochure here:

Who Should Attend

The Crime Victim Law Conference is primarily designed for attorneys (e.g., victims’ rights attorneys, prosecutors, civil victim attorneys, judges, defense attorneys), system-based and community-based advocates, other criminal justice professionals, law students, and victims/survivors. 

Pre-Conference Institute - New this year!

For the first time ever NCVLI will host a pre-conference skill building seminar exclusively designed for attorneys and law students!  The session, Pretrial Litigation of Victims’ Rights in Oregon, will be an intensive 3.5 hour course that will provide an overview of key victims’ rights that arise pretrial under Oregon law, and arm the practitioner with skills necessary to effectively represent the victim at these critical junctures.  The training will be a practice-based approach to securing protection of a victim’s rights pretrial through collaboration with prosecution and other criminal justice professionals when possible and through motion practice and appeal when necessary.  Whether the pretrial issue is notice of hearings, imposition of release conditions, a subpoena for victim records, or rape shield, this seminar will ensure you know how to effectively protect your victim-client’s rights.

The pre-conference institute will be held on Monday, June 13th, 2011, from 8:30am - 12:00pm at The Benson Hotel (same venue as the Conference), and is exclusively for attorneys and law students.  There is no charge for admission to the event IF you have registered and paid to attend the NCVLI Crime Victim Law Conference, otherwise the cost is $15 per person.  Registration is limited to 25 individuals, first-come, first-served.  Click here to register (note this registration is separate from the Conference registration).

3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

Join NCVLI on the first day of the Conference, June 14, 2011, to celebrate another year of hard work on behalf of victims.  Whether you are attending the Conference or can only come out for the evening, join NCVLI to relax, have fun, and network with colleagues from across the nation while enjoying live music, food, and drinks.  More information will be available soon. 

Scholarship Opportunities

The deadline for scholarship applications has expired.

Conference Co-Sponsors

NCVLI would like to acknowledge and thank all of our wonderful Conference co-sponsors for their support:

  • Lewis & Clark Law School;
  • Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates;
  • Oregon Department of Justice;
  • National Organization of Victim Assistance;
  • National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc.;
  • Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force; and
  • Crime Victim Assistance Network.

We are still seeking co-sponsors for the Conference.  Nonprofit and government partners who are interested in becoming a sponsor can click here for a form with more information.  Businesses who are interested in sponsoring the Conference may email for more information.

Law Student Panel

NCVLI will facilitate a panel presentation at the Conference featuring three law students, each presenting a research paper from their recent coursework that identifies an issue now challenging the victims’ rights field and proposes litigation and policy responses to overcome the challenge.  Current law students or recent graduates (within the last 12 months) are invited to apply.  The deadline has been extended through Monday, May 16th.  Download the application form to learn more

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.


OVC logoThis event is supported in part through funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice. Points of view expressed in this event are those of the organizers and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.