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.
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.