1 Program with Hon. Marla Graff Decker

Judge Marla Graff Decker is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned her B.S. in Political Science. She received her J. D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Judge Decker began her career in 1983 as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Litigation Section, where she tried cases in state and federal court and defended convictions on appeal. After almost 20 years in the Criminal Litigation Section, Decker was promoted to Section Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section, which consisted of the Medicaid Fraud Control, Organized Crime, Environmental and Health Professions Units. Later, she was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the Public Safety and Enforcement Division and managed the Criminal Litigation, Correctional Litigation, Special Prosecutions and Medicaid Fraud Control Sections. In January of 2010, Decker was appointed by the Governor to serve as Secretary of Public Safety. In that role, she was responsible for the eleven state agencies that comprised the Public Safety Secretariat, including the Departments of State Police, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Services, Forensic Science, and the Virginia National Guard. She also advised the Governor on all public safety matters and spearheaded his administration’s criminal justice legislative agenda. On November 1, 2013, Judge Decker was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Virginia. In January of 2014, Decker was elected by the Virginia General Assembly to an eight-year term as a Judge on the Court of Appeals. For many years, Judge Decker has served as an evening Adjunct Professor for the University of Richmond School of Law where she teaches Appellate Advocacy and the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies where she teaches a variety of courses. She is a life member of Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad.

 
2017 Criminal Law Seminar (2017-2018 Credit)

Published by Virginia Trial Lawyers Association


Credit: VA


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