Event Calendar

The following are scheduled upcoming events for the VADA. Any questions about these meetings can be directed to Amy Gilbody, Director of Meetings, by

  1. 2018 Deposition Workshop


    University of Richmond School of Law
    28 Westhampton Way
    Richmond, VA 23173

    Sponsored by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company,   Planet Depos and RTI.  

    This is a hands-on, two-day workshop to learn the skills needed to (1) face down a bullying senior plaintiffs’ attorney; (2) handle a lying deponent; (3) pull the information you need out of a reticent deponent; (4) ensure that what you discover in depositions is admissible in court; (5) use the latest in technology to build an air-tight case; (6) depose experts effectively; (7) handle sympathetic or minor deponents; and more!

    The second day will be spent in four-person breakouts in which each new attorney will play the parts of deponent, defense attorney, plaintiffs’ attorney, and observer. At each stage of the depositions, senior coach-attorneys will critique performances and suggest approaches to use.

    Registration will be limited. Late registrants may come as observers and may be wait-listed as participants.

    * 8.5 credit hours have been requested.

    * The registration fee is $250 before February 23.  After February 23 the fee is $275.  Register using the form below and follow up with an online credit payment  or mail a check to: 

    Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys - Depo Workshop
    1915 Huguenot Road, Ste 301
    Richmond, VA, 23235  

    * 2018 VADA membership included if you join when registering. No membership bill sent until January 2019.

    * Registrants will be notified by e-mail when written material is available for downloading.  

    * A limited room block is available at the The Westin Richmond (6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230).  Book your hotel online before February 22 for the $135 discounted rate.

    Questions?  Contact VADA Director of Meetings Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org or (804) 402-6788.


  2. 2018 Spring Sections Seminar


    The Boar's Head Inn
    200 Ednam Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Sections-based trainings in the following:

    Appellate Advocacy
    Auto & Transportation Liability
    Corporate & Commercial Litigation
    Medical Malpractice
    Policy Coverage
    Products & Toxic Torts Liability
    Professional Liability
    Workers' Compensation 

    Online hotel reservations
    . Reservations must be made before April 8, 2018.  The hotel has a strict 7 day cancellation policy and rooms cancelled within 7 days of arrival will be billed one night's lodging +tax.   Agenda coming soon.

  3. Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration


    Williamsburg Lodge
    Williamsburg, VA

    50th Anniversary Celebration Thursday night, October 11, 2018.

    Annual meeting and CLE Program

  4. 2018 Young Lawyers Boot Camp

    Sands Anderson
    Third Floor Conference Center Bank of America Center
    1111 E. Main St. Richmond VA 23219

    • One-day seminar where young lawyers learn the practical information needed to practice defense law.
    • $150 before November 2; $165 after November 2.
    • 6.5 hours CLE requested (1.0 ethics)
    • Free one-year VADA membership is available with registration for new members.
    • No membership bill sent until Jan. 2020.
    • Registration covers all written materials, refreshments, & box lunches.



  5. Annual Meeting


    Hilton Norfolk, The Main

    Further information to be posted in 2019.