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An Introduction to Criminal and Appellate Procedure in Virginia

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Produced on October 21, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Criminal

Course Description

This is an introductory course for criminal practitioners seeking to expand their practice to Virginia. The program, taught by former public defender turned private defense attorney Rachel Robinson, focuses on the structure of the court system, basic criminal procedure for a case, and the procedure and best practices for appealing criminal cases in Virginia. The program will highlight how the many opportunities for police error during the investigation, detention, and arrest stages give attorneys fodder for motions to suppress evidence on behalf of their clients. In addition, the course will discuss common pitfalls for attorneys during the appellate stages, and how to avoid them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the procedures in Virginia from first incident to arraignment and pretrial matters, through preliminary hearings, trial, and appeal
  2. Review the applicable statutes and rules
  3. Articulate best practices throughout the process

Credit Information

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Rachel Robinson

Alex Levay

Rachel Robinson is a proud former Senior Public Defender and graduate of Baylor University and Pepperdine University School of Law. Rachel serves on the Board of the Loudoun County Bar Association and is president of the Loudoun Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA). She also serves the community as the co-chair of the Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law program for rising high school seniors in Loudoun, Fauquier, and Rappahannock. Rachel has argued cases in the General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Rachel is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.


Nikeva B.

great energy and information

Timothy M.

excellent class--very informative and the instructor had an effective presence

William H.

Terrific presentation. Clear, concise and informative. Well done.

Walter M.

The young lady had an impossible task in reality. She had to cover in one hour what takes semesters in law school to achieve. She did an exceptional job.

Jo M.

Any presenter who includes clips from the Simpsons is A-OK! And more seriously, Ms. Robinson is very knowledgeable and well organized.

Thomas H.

Instructor and course were excellent!

Mark L.

Outstanding presentation! Thank you!

Mark H.

A lot of information in a short time.

Andrew B.

Very good for new lawyers.

Jeremy S.

Thank you

Thomas C.


Bhavik P.

Good basic coverage of criminal law and appeals and the importance of deadlines.

Russell B.

Very competent presenter.

Donald B.

This was notably better than most of the sessions I've seen on Lawline.

Kathryn A.

well organized and very comprehensive. Thank you.

Jessica B.

Thorough program

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