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Normalizing Victim Counsel in Trial and Appellate Courts
Cost CLE Credits Topics
$60.00 1.5 General Appellate Practice, General Practice, Victim Rights
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Presented By : Elizabeth Well & Colleen Clase
Date: 15 Oct 2021

Normalizing Victim Counsel in Trial and Appellate Courts

Presented By: Elizabeth Well & Colleen Clase

Date:         Friday, October 15, 2021
Time:        12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Pacific (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Eastern)
Duration:   90 minutes (1.5 General Credits)
Cost:         $60 ($40.20 for Enhanced NAVRA Members)



Elizabeth Well, Legal Director, Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

Elizabeth Well is the Legal Director at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. Elizabeth graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and attended Ohio Northern University for law school, where she graduated with a juris doctorate with distinction. In her time with Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, Elizabeth has provided assistance to hundreds of crime victims, litigating their rights in trial and appellate courts, provided training to thousands of criminal justice system officials on victims’ rights in Ohio, and participated in the Marsy’s Law constitutional amendment campaign, including a leading role in drafting the amendment’s implementing legislation. Elizabeth is also an adjunct instructor at Columbus State Community College in the paralegal studies department.

Colleen Clase, Chief Counsel, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims

Colleen Clase, J.D.; LL.M., is Chief Counsel with Arizona Voice for Crime Victims in Phoenix, Arizona. Colleen has been counsel of record for victims of crime in both state and federal prosecutions, many of which are homicide and sexual assault cases that involve child-victims. Ms. Clase has successfully litigated issues related to protecting the constitutional and statutory rights of victims in Arizona’s trial and appellate courts. Additionally, she has spoken in front of legislative committees on various victims' rights issues, has been a panelist on numerous webinars hosted by the National Crime Victim Law Institute in Portland, Oregon, presented on victims’ rights issues to attendees at the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Law Conference, the 2017 Courthouse Dogs Conference, the 2018 & 2019 Parents of Murdered Children Conferences, the 2018 NOVA Conference, and the 2019 San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Ms. Clase also serves on various task forces and committees including the Arizona Supreme Court’s Commission on Victims in Court, the Arizona Attorney General's Victims' Rights Advisory Committee, and the Victims Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission.



In this session, experienced victims’ rights lawyers will discuss their experiences and share strategies to normalize the presence of victim counsel in state courts. When victims’ rights are new, practitioners are often met with uncertainty and resistance on the part of courts, prosecutors/district attorneys, and defense counsel in criminal cases. To effectively advocate for victims’ rights in trial courts and beyond, the presence of victim counsel must become an expected part of the criminal justice process. Staff from Arizona Voice for Crime Victims and Ohio Crime Victim Justice System, both of which are part of the national RISE Project will discuss how normalizing trial court practice can open the door for appellate review and systemic change. The presenters will share tips and filing suggestions from decades of practice that optimize the likelihood of success in opening state court doors to victims of crime and their counsel.


CLE Accreditation

This CLE is a recorded session from the 2021 Crime Victim Law Conference.

The Oregon State Bar MCLE Department approved the 2021 Crime Victim Law Conference for a total of 23.75 CLE Credits (14.25 Access to Justice, 1.25 Ethics, and 8.25 General Credit Hours - ID 84518).  On demand sessions viewed are valid for credit. 

This session is eligible for 1.5 General Credits. This program is approved for 1.5 credits with the State Bar of California; NCVLI is an approved CA multiple activity provider. The training may be eligible for CLE credit in other states. For a certificate of attendance following viewing, please email with your name and the 3 attendance codes from the video.

The powerpoint for this training will be available for download in a button below the video.

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