Welcome to the Criminal Law Section

criminal law section logoOrganized in 1967, the purpose of the Criminal Law Section is to concern itself with the problems of crime, criminology, and the administration of criminal law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, except those subjects specifically excluded by direction of the President of the Virginia State Bar.

As one of the largest sections, the Section on Criminal Law broadly represents prosecutors, defense counsel, trial judges and academics concerned with the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth. It also has one of the most active continuing legal education programs. For the past 50 years, the section has held its annual Criminal Law Seminar in February in two locations in the state. Outstanding speakers, including nationally renowned luncheon speakers such as Bobby Lee Cook and Gerry Spence, make this seminar the most highly successful CLE program on criminal law in Virginia. In addition, from time to time the section presents its "Carrico Professionalism Award" to a member of the public or the profession. The section also publishes approximately four issues a year of the Criminal Law News.

The Criminal Law Section offers exclusive content for members. Ensure that you can read all the great information from the section with no delay by paying your annual section dues on July 1 every year. 

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Upcoming Events

What's New?

2024 Annual Meeting Registration Is Open

Posted on 3/15/2024
Online registration is open for the 2024 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be in Virginia Beach May 29 – June 1. We hope to see you there!

Howard E. Gwynn to Receive the 2024 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award

Posted on 1/25/2024
Howard E. Gwynn, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Newport News, has been named the recipient of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award by the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section.

Welcome to the New VSB Website and Member Portal

Posted on 4/3/2023
The Virginia State Bar has just launched a new website and member portal to improve services and access to information for Virginia lawyers and the public. Sign in instructions for the new site included.

EDVA Judge Robert E. Payne Receives Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award

Posted on 1/24/2023
The Honorable Robert E. Payne, senior United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA), has been awarded the prestigious Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award for 2023 by the Virginia State Bar Section on Criminal Law.

The Hon. Donald W. Lemons Receives 2022 Carrico Professionalism Award

Posted on 4/26/2022
The Honorable Donald W. Lemons, recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, has been named the recipient of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award by the VSB Criminal Law Section.