If you are starting to learn about crime victims' rights, and you want to know more, consider these tips:

1.  Visit NCVLI's Quicktools Page. Watch some or all of the short Quicktools videos; they provide basic information about some common victims' rights and how to protect those rights.

2.  Explore NCVLI's Victim Law Library. It contains a wealth of information in the form of legal publications addressing topics of interest to victims' rights practitioners. If you don't have a particular legal issue in mind, you may want to start with the following:

  • Fundamentals of Victims' Rights: A Summary of 12 Common Rights, available on this page.
  • Fundamentals of Victims' Rights: An Overview of the Legal Definition of Crime "Victim" in the United States, available on this page.

3.  Attend a Training.  Experienced NCVLI and outside legal experts conduct continuing legal education trainings throughout the year.  For affordable online trainings, view our Upcoming Live CLE Webinars and On Demand Trainings store.  For in-person trainings, multiple sessions are available over a packed two-day program during NCVLI's annual conference; visit NCVLI's Annual Conference page for more information.  Members who practice in certain jurisdictions may be invited to access grant-funded trainings at no charge.


If you are an attorney preparing to take on your first case, consider these additional tips:

4.  Prepare a Limited Representation Agreement. As an educational resource, a few sample pro bono agreements are available for your review below. Because each jurisdiction's contract laws and rules of professional responsibility dictate the essential terms of a representation agreement, be sure to research the applicable laws and rules before you finalize your agreement.  

  • Sample agreement #1 for adult client, available here.
  • Sample agreement #2 for adult client, available here.
  • Sample agreement for minor client who is capable of understanding, available here.

5.  Prepare a Notice of Appearance.  A Notice of Appearance should be filed as soon as you enter a criminal case. A sample federal Notice of Appearance is available here.  


If you are seeking more resources—such as access to searchable databases with sample pleadings, NCVLI amicus briefs and legal memoranda, and case summaries—as well as discounts to CLE trainings and NCVLI's Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, upgrade your membership and become an Enhanced NAVRA member today.  Read more about NAVRA's searchable databases here.  


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