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National Crime Victim Law Institute

2013 Crime Victim Law Conference
Constructing Justice: Making Victims’ Rights a Reality

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference, now in its 12th year, continues to be the only conference in the country focusing on 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 services to victims of crime. The Conference will take place June 7-8, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

The 2013 Conference is themed Constructing Justice: Making Victims’ Rights a Reality, urging us to develop, implement, and share best practices that will achieve justice for victims.  Concrete tools ensure that victims’ rights become more than mere words on paper.

The Conference will feature plenary sessions and breakout sessions addressing a wide range of topics related to victims’ rights, taught by leading experts from across the country.  Keynote speakers will include survivor Jennifer Bennett and her attorney Jennifer Coughlin, featured on NBC’s Today Show for Ms. Bennett’s heroic bravery in the face of extreme invasions of her privacy during the prosecution of the man who sexually assaulted her. 12.5 credits are pending approval from the Oregon State Bar for the 2013 Conference.

 Check out the 2013 Program by clicking below. To download a PDF, click here.

See photos from the Conference 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.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Conference provides the opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  NCVLI honors three individuals/organizations for Outstanding Achievement Awards - click here to learn more.  Additionally, NCVLI honors a Pro Bono Attorney of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year.  Awards recipients will once again be announced at the Conference. 

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

This 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 of policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.