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steven d. benjamin Steven D. Benjamin is an attorney in private practice with the
Richmond, Virginia firm of Benjamin & DesPortes. steven d. benjamin

  • Panelist, Brookings Institute (2007) "Prosecutorial Misconduct and Abuses"
  • Presenter, The Rutherford Institute (2002 - 2012)
  • Panelist, (February, 2013), American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Interdisciplinary Symposium, "Transparency and Fair Disclosure in Forensic Science"
  • Presenter, (May, 2016), Advanced Indigent Defense Training Seminar, "A Zealot's Guide to the 21-Day Rule," Richmond, VA
  • Presenter, (February, 2016), Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, "The Responsibility of Thorough Investigation," Charlottesville, VA
  • Presenter, (November, 2013), Public Defenders of Puerto Rico, "The NAS Report: Strategic Considerations," San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Presenter, (May, 2013), New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Science, "The NAS Report and Cross Examination for the Expert Witness," Hamilton, New Jersey
  • Presenter, (January, 2013), NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Aspen, CO
  • Presenter, (October, 2012), NACDL DUI Seminar, Las Vegas, NV
  • Presenter, (September, 2012), Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, Milwaukee, WI
  • Presenter, (August, 2012), Federal Criminal Practice Seminar, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Moderator, (May, 2012), National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, "Criminal History," St. Petersburg, FL
  • Presenter, (April, 2012), NACDL Spring Meeting and CLE, "Battle of the Experts," Cleveland, Ohio
  • Panelist, (February, 2012), ABA Mid-Winter Meeting, "The Role of the Private Bar in Indigent Defense," New Orleans, LA
  • Presenter, (November, 2011) ABA Defender Training, Austin, Texas; "The NAS Report: Response, Developments, Resources."
  • Presenter, (March, 2011) NACDL Forensic Science Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, "Finding, Funding, and Using an Expert"
  • Presenter, (February, 2011) American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, Chicago, "So You Think You Can Testify?"
  • Presenter, (July, 2010) South Carolina Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Greenwood, SC, "Using the NAS Report to Confront Junk Science
  • Presenter, (June, 2010) Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, Melendez-Diaz in Virginia
  • Presenter, (February, 2010) NACDL Winter Meeting, Austin, TX: "The NAS Report and Related Matters"
  • Presenter, (February, 2010) U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Symposium on Indigent Defense, "DNA: Pretrial Investigation and Defense"
  • Presenter, (November, 2009) Univ. of Richmond Law Review Symposium: Melendez-Diaz in Virginia
  • Presenter, (September, 2009) Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender, "Forensic Science: Friend or Faux?"
  • Presenter (May, 2007), DNA for Prosecutors, Va. Inst. Forensic Science
  • Presenter (March, 2006), Washington and Lee Capital Case Seminar
  • Presenter (November, 2005), NACDL: "Finding and Funding an Expert"
  • Presenter (May, 2005), Judicial Conference of Virginia (Mandatory Judicial Education)
  • Presenter (March, 2005), Virginia Annual Bar Leaders Institute
  • Faculty (May, 2005), Chief Justice's Indigent Defense Training Seminar
  • Presenter (August, 2004), ABA Criminal Justice Section, Atlanta GA
  • Presenter (August, 2004), NACDL Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Presenter (July, 2004), Virginia Bar Assoc. "Proving Innocence"
  • Presenter (2004), Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Conference
  • Panelist, Multidisciplinary Session: Criminalistics/Jurisprudence, "Prosecuting Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Cases: Problems Encountered / Technical Fallibilities," presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, 2002
  • Presenter (2002), Judicial Conference of Virginia (Mandatory Judicial Education)
  • Presenter (2001), Commonwealth Attorney's Spring Institute
  • Presenter (2001), Virginia Public Defender's Annual Conference
  • Presenter (2001), Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Other Presentations

  • Washington D.C. Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers: (Spring 2002), "Cross Examination of the Emotionally Charged Witness, (Spring, 1995) "Creative Trial Defenses"
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers: Criminal Master in Advocacy; North Carolina Public Defender's Association: Annual Seminar
  • Virginia Public Defender's Association: Annual Seminar (numerous topics)
  • Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys: (numerous topics)
  • VTLA Annual Criminal Law Seminar (numerous topics)
  • Virginia Bar Association: Capital Defense Seminar
  • Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, W&L School of Law: Defending a Capital Case in Virginia

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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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