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2021 Young Lawyers Boot Camp

  • 03 Dec 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Westin Richmond, 6631 W. Broad Street, Richmond


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Westin Richmond
6631 W. Broad Street, Richmond

This one-day, in-person seminar is where newer attorneys learn the practical information needed to practice defense law.  Sessions are taught by experienced members of the civil defense bar and the judiciary.  We are offering a different agenda than 2020, so attend again and don't miss the networking reception at the end of our program. 


Requesting 6.0 HRS (1.0 Ethics) CLE

8:30 Registration/Coffee

8:55-9:00 Opening Remarks
Jason G. Moyers, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers, VADA President
Raymond Escobar, Woods Rogers, VADA Young Lawyers Chair

9:00-10:00 Ethical Issues in a Civil Defense Practice (1.0 HR Ethics)
Tate C. Love, TimberlakeSmith

This session will give an overview of the tripartite relationship between defense counsel, insured and insurer; a consideration of conflict issues arising from the dual representation of the insured and insurer; defending a case in which the ad damnum does not exceed the amount of coverage; defending a case in which the ad damnum exceeds the amount of coverage; defending under a reservation of rights; how the excess carrier and reinsurer affect the tripartite relationship; and, issues faced in settlement. The session will end with a discussion of hypothetical ethical situations and possible strategies and resolutions.

10:00-11:00 The Survivor's Guide to Expert Witnesses
Julie Palmer, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
James Laird, Forcon

This session will define a testifying expert witness, identify when an expert is needed, explore what type of litigation may benefit from the use of expert, define in what ways an expert witness can help, share how to go about identifying the best expert for your case and finish with a discussion on how best to work with your expert.

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Navigating Your Way through Virginia General District and Circuit Courts and other Practical Tips in Civil Litigation
Melissa H. Katz, Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins

This topic is designed to educate a new attorney about handling new cases in either general district and circuit court to include verification of jurisdictional basis, service, venue; noticing your appearance; what to do if case filed improperly against corporate client in small claims court; how to check service of process; what to expect and how to prepare for the first return in general district court; what to do at the first return in general district court; handling motions in general district court; what to expect and how to prepare for first trial in general district court; how to appeal a general district court case; taking the case to circuit court; addressing whether ad damnum can be amended; use of evidence presented in general district court in the circuit court case; preparation for appearance in circuit court; how to set the trial date; motions practice in circuit court; how to obtain jury pool information; jury size in circuit court if case appealed; how to determine the procedures of the jurisdiction where your case is pending; available resources to assist in navigation

12:00-12:45 Effective Advocacy in Mediation
Hon. Beverly W. Snukals (Ret.), The McCammon Group

Join us as the Hon. Beverly W. Snukals (Ret.) of The McCammon Group discusses her thoughts on when mediation might be in a client’s best interest, how you can best talk with your client about mediation, and how to prepare yourself and your client for a productive and successful mediation session. Finally, Judge Snukals will walk you through a mediation session, offering advice and tips regarding opening presentations, negotiations, settlements, and suggestions for follow-ups.

12:45 Box Lunch

1:15-2:00 Written Discovery
Taylor Brewer, Moran Reeves Conn
Tracy Taylor Hague, Vandeventer Black

This session will explore the purpose of discovery, the general provisions of discovery, and what to do about claims or privilege and protective orders. Next, we will explain the obligations of counsel, discovery tactics and timing, how to create a discovery plan and what should be in it along with the methods of obtaining the information. Finally, the speaker will explain what to do when you don’t receive discovery, how to handle follow-up and supplemental responses and how to coordinate pre-trial scheduling orders.

2:00-2:45 Insurance Coverage in Automobile Cases

Donald E. Morris, Robert Harrington and Associates

The scope of this presentation focuses on liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist provisions of the automobile liability policies, including voluntary, assigned risk, and certified policies as well as personal and commercial policies. It will explore statutory regulation of auto policies and which vehicles are covered, the persons insured and covered risks. We will discuss the amount owed under the liability policies, primary and excess liability coverage, duties of insured to defend, policy defenses and non-waiver agreements, exclusions, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and cancellation of policies.

2:45 Break

3:00-4:00 Judicial Advice for New Lawyers-Panel Discussion
Hon. M. Hannah Lauck, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Hon. Joseph W. Milam, Jr., Virginia’s 22nd Judicial Circuit
Hon. James F. Watson, Virginia’s 24th Judicial Circuit
Moderator: Jason G. Moyers, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers, VADA President

The judges will explain pre-trial matters such as scheduling orders, pre-trial motions, discovery issues and pre-trial conference and settlement conferences. Next, they will discuss brief writing, including filing deadlines and suggestions for formatting. Then, they will discuss parts of trial including voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross, motions to strike, jury instructions and closing. Finally, they will explore post-trial motions, miscellaneous trial issues and offer specific tips for young lawyers.

4:00 Sponsor Raffle & CLE Adjourn

4:00-5:30 Networking Reception Sponsored by 


$250 Registration includes written materials, lunch and reception. Free one-year VADA membership for 2022 is available with registration.  No membership bill sent until January 2023. Cancellations accepted through November 22, minus a $25 administrative fee.  No refunds after November 22, but substitutions accepted at any time.

VADA is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all who attend this meeting. We continue to monitor guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities and government agencies relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We continue, too, to work in concert with The Westin Richmond to promote appropriate health and safety measures for the benefit of those who attend.

In furtherance of our commitment, VADA will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and mandates that are in place at the time of our Young Lawyers Boot Camp.  As with those who attend our 2021 Annual Meeting, we are requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, alternatively, to have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to the start of the event.  Hand sanitizer stations will be provided.  We further strongly encourage the wearing of masks and social distancing by all in attendance, regardless of vaccination or test status.

The health and safety of our members, sponsors, speakers, and other Young Lawyers Boot Camp attendees remains our top priority.  We recognize that the decision to attend our Young Lawyers Boot Camp, as with any in-person event, is a personal one involving many factors.  While we look forward to seeing everyone at The Westin Richmond on December 3, we encourage you to make the choice that best fits your personal comfort level and individual circumstances.  Should circumstances require us to modify the schedule or format of our Young Lawyers Boot Camp, we will advise accordingly.


Our reserved block of discounted rooms at the Westin has been released, but you may find availability at the current rates by contacting the hotel directly at 804-282-8444.  

Meeting Sponsors

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

11533 Busy Street, #327

N. Chesterfield, VA 23236


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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