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May 2017 , Page 51 

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Grassroots Advocacy

By Monica L. Reid

Advocacy Case Study: Tackling Discovery Reform in Virginia

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Norfolk, Virginia — February 4, 2017
(L to R) Virginia State Sen. Bill Stanley; Doug Ramseur, Capital Defender for Central Virginia and past president of VACDL; Nina Ginsberg, founding partner of DiMuro Ginsberg PC and second vice president of NACDL; Shawn Armbrust, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project; Monica L. Reid, NACDL’s grassroots advocacy manager.

In November 2015 supporters of discovery reform in Virginia were disappointed that the Virginia Supreme Court declined to adopt any of the recommendations of the Special Committee on Discovery Rules. A little more than a year after the judiciary rejected much needed reforms to Virginia’s criminal discovery rules in January 2017, a legislator introduced discovery reform legislation in Virginia. One might ask what occurred betweenNovember 2015 and January 2017 to cause the shift. NACDL and its allies were hard at wor

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