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steven d. benjamin Betty Layne DesPortes is a criminal defense attorney with the Richmond, Virginia law firm of Benjamin & DesPortes. steven d. benjamin


Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Master of Science (Forensic Sciences): December 1993

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
Juris Doctor: May 1992

JOURNALS: Virginia Law Review, The Journal of Law and Politics

University of South Carolina Honors College, Columbia, South Carolina
Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (Honors Degree): May 1989


Supreme Court of the United States — Admitted 2006
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals - Admitted 1994
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia - Admitted 1994
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia - Admitted 1994
South Carolina State Bar - Admitted 1993
Virginia State Bar - Admitted 1992


American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow)

  Immediate Past President: 2018-2019
  President: 2017-2018
  President-Elect: 2016-2017
  Treasurer: 2014-2016
Vice President: 2013-2014
Board of Directors: 2007-2019
Ad Hoc Committee on Amicus Briefs: 2007
Ad Hoc Committee on Publications (Chair): 2011-2013
Ad Hoc Committee on Term Limits: 2011-2012
Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics Response: 2011-2012
Continuing Education Committee: 1999-2006
Executive Committee: 2009-2010, 2012-2013, 2014-2015
Forensic Science Foundation:
Chair: 2013-2015
Research Committee: 2009-2013
Secretary: 2012-2013
Trustee: 2011-2018
Internal Audit Committee: 2000-2004
Jurisprudence Section: 1995-present
Chair: 2004-2006
Secretary: 2002-2003, 2003-2004
Program Chair: 1999-2000, 2001-2002
Membership Committee:
Chair: 2013-2014
Member: 2002-2006
Nominating Committee: 2004-2007
Program Committee:
Interdisciplinary Symposium Chair: 2009-2010
Local Arrangements Chair: 2012-2013
American Bar Association
Criminal Justice Standards Committee Task Force on Biological
Evidence: 2003-2006
Criminal Justice Task Force on Presentation of Forensic Evidence
and Jury Instructions: 2010-2012
American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Fellow)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Virginia Chief Justice’s Indigent Defense Training Initiative:
Planning Committee: 2005-2019
Program Co-Chair: 2011-2012
Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century: To Benefit All, To Exclude None,
Task Force on the Structure of the Judicial System: 2005-2006


Adjunct Faculty - University of Richmond School of Law, (Scientific Evidence), Spring 1997-2002, 2004


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Benjamin and DesPortes, P.C.
P.O. Box 2464 | Richmond, VA 23218-2464
1840 West Broad Street, Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.788.4444

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