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National Crime Victim Law Institute

NCVLI Hosts 11th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference

June 09, 2012

  • Meg Garvin with Jennifer Storm, recipient of the 2012 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Brooks Douglass, producer of the film Heaven’s Rain, opens the Conference. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Attendees at the Conference. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney at the Denver District Attorney’s Office, and Lisa Teesch-Maguire, Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, receive the 2012 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Meg Garvin with the 2012 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award recipients, Mitch Morrissey and Lisa Teesch-Maguire. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Victims’ rights attorney Erin Olson accepts the 2012 Legal Advocacy Award. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Meg Garvin with 2012 Legal Advocacy Award recipient, Erin Olson. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Jennifer Storm, author and executive director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, accepts the 2012 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Matthew Merryman, a Lewis & Clark law student, accepts the NCVLI Volunteer of the Year Award. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • California-based victims’ rights attorney, Michael Fell, accepts the NCVLI Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Meg Garvin catches up with NCVLI Board of Directors member Diane Moyer and recipient of the 2012 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Service. Award, Jennifer Storm. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Attorney Carol Hepburn presents on securing restitution for victims of child abuse imagery. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Chantez Bailey of the National Crime Prevention Council presents on tools for preventing mortgage fraud. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • NCVLI Founder and Professor of Law Doug Beloof presents on victims’ rights in the international context. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Professor of Social Work Debra Patterson presents on the impact of the legal system’s response on rape survivors. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Professor of Law and Criminology Stephanos Bibas provides a luncheon plenary presentation. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • Researcher and Professor of Psychology David Lisak provides a presentation on working with adult survivors of childhood sexual assault. - Photo by Chris F. Wilson
  • NCVLI pro bono attorney Jessica Perry staffs the registration table. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Lewis & Clark law students Taylor Duty, Christian Eickelberg, and Bridgett Shephard help out as volunteers at the Conference. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • NCVLI legal intern Jacqueline Swanson and NCVLI staff Fumi Owoso provide information to attendees about the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Conference attendees in a breakout session. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Practitioners from around the country had the opportunity to catch up and share information & ideas. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • David Lisak provided a plenary session on the neurobiology of trauma. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Steve Siegel and Mitch Morrissey of the Denver District Attorney’s Office provide a breakout session on crime victims and forensic science. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Winners of the Victims’ Rights Law Student Writing Competition had the opportunity to present on a panel at the Conference. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Conference volunteers help sell raffle tickets for NCVLI’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • NCVLI attorney Sarah LeClaire. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Conference sponsor Josh Lamborn of the Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C. with Oregon Crime Victim Law Center pro bono attorney Lillian Salminen. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • NCVLI staff members Fumi Owoso and Amy Liu. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Photo by Susan Bexton
  • NCVLI Board of Directors member John Gillis and NCVLI staff member Jo Borkan. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Conference attendees. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Information about the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys was provided to Conference attendees. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • NCVLI staff members Rebecca Khalil and Terry Campos. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Meg Garvin, Doug Beloof, Michael Fell, Matthew Merryman, and Amy Liu enjoy lunch at the Conference. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Conference faculty member Carlos Guillermo Salinas talks with a Conference attendee. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Conference attendees. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Attendees at the Crime Victims’ Rights Reception on the first evening of the Conference. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Attendees at the Crime Victims’ Rights Reception. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • The local band, SloeGinFizz, provided musical accompaniment at the Crime Victims’ Rights Reception. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • NCVLI Board of Directors members Carl Davis and Helene Davis catch up at the Crime Victims’ Rights Reception. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • NCVLI Board of Directors member Carl Davis with NCVLI staff member Cassandra Mercer at the Crime Victims’ Rights Reception. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • The Crime Victims’ Rights Reception is an opportunity for Conference attendees and local community members to relax, have fun, and catch up on the first night of the Conference. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • SloeGinFizz at the Crime Victims’ Rights Reception. - Photo by Susan Bexton
  • Crime Victims’ Rights Reception. - Photo by Susan Bexton

On Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, NCVLI hosted the 11th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, Oregon.  This year’s Conference carried a multidisciplinary theme - Enhancing Justice: Empowerment Through Victims’ Rights. More than 175 victim service professionals ranging from attorneys to advocates to psychologists from every corner of the country joined victims’ rights experts to learn best practices in serving victims of crime. 

NCVLI was honored to host an incredible Conference faculty.  Brooks Douglass, a survivor of crime and producer of the film Heaven’s Rain, opened the Conference and additional plenary sessions were provided by top victims’ rights experts Doug Beloof, Paul Cassell, and Meg Garvin; renowned psychologist David Lisak; and leading law professor and criminologist Stephanos Bibas.  Attendees participated in break-out sessions with a range of topics including Fundamentals of Victims’ Rights, Justice for Victims of Trafficking, Remedies for Victims in Elder Abuse Cases, and the Neurobiology of Trauma.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Conference and we look forward to seeing you next year!