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Any questions about these meetings can be directed to Amy Gilbody, Director of Meetings, at agilbody@vada.org.

Upcoming events

    • 03 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Mar 2023
    • 12:15 PM
    • Jepson Alumni Center at University of Richmond, 442 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173

    This two-day workshop will teach you 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 defense attorney, plaintiffs’ attorney, and observer. At each stage of the depositions, senior coach-attorneys will critique performances and suggest approaches to use.


    Sessions include:

    Videotaped Depositions and Beyond: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know
    Josh Dunn, Planet Depos
    Melissa H. Katz, VADA Past President, McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen & Katz

    Deposing Medical Experts
    Speaker TBD

    Taking Remote Depositions & Other Deposition Challenges
    Samuel Bernier, Frith Anderson &Peake
    Gracemarie Braunberg, Planet Depos
    Josh Dunn, Planet Depos

    Preparing Your Own Witness
    Tate Love, VADA Past President, TimberlakeSmith

    Preparation and Use of Depositions at Trial
    Marshall H. Ross, VADA Past President, Emeritus Bar Member

    Detailed Workshop Agenda


    The registration fee includes all meals and Friday's networking reception.  You may register a guest for $50 to attend the reception. New members, joining with this meeting, get their first year's VADA membership free.  First membership bill will be sent in January 2024. The $45 case study must be ordered separately - instructions will be sent in your confirmation email.

    Space is limited. The first 24 attendees will be assigned attorneys roles.  Additional attendees may register and attend as witnesses or observers.  


    • We will be meeting at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond both days.  We do not have a block of hotel rooms for this meeting, but there are many hotels nearby in the west end area of Richmond. There are also a limited number of rooms onsite at Bottomley House at the Alumni Center.  You can call the reservations line at 804-289-8989 or use the dedicated e-mail address – bhreservations@richmond.edu - and note that you are attending our event and how you will be paying.  Learn more about the Bottomley House here (Bottomley House - Events, Conferences and Support Services - University of Richmond).  


    Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for sponsorship information.

    • 19 Apr 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Location TBD

    Join us for an evening of networking and fun with fellow VADA members.  Drinks, snacks, and exciting raffle prizes provided by our sponsors, Planet Depos and InQuis.  For an extra raffle ticket, bring a colleague who is not yet a VADA member.  Registration is free, but RSVPs are requested.

    Many thanks to our sponsors,

    • 03 May 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 05 May 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hotel 24 South, 24 S. Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401

    Spring Sections Seminar
    May 3-5, 2023
    Hotel 24 South

    Mark your calendar for our specialized litigation sections training.


    Coming Soon


    Use this link to reserve your hotel room at our discounted rate.  Book early, as our room block will be released the earlier of May 1 or when the room block is full.


    For sponsorship information, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

    • 01 Jun 2023
    • 10:30 AM
    • 31 Jul 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Via Zoom


    A must-attend event for paralegals of all levels working in civil defense firms. This one-day webinar is designed to hone your skills as a valuable member of your legal team. Instructors include attorneys and senior paralegals from several Virginia defense firms. 


    The Rules of Engagement: Primer on Federal and State Court Rules

    This session will address topics such as where to find applicable rules, most used rules, recent changes to rules, and how to find local rules and customs.

    Tips and Best Practices for Assisting with Document Review & Production

    This session will share tips and best practices for collecting, organizing, reviewing and producing documents from parties as well as non-parties for cases (and firms) of all sizes, including privileges to be aware of when reviewing documents to be withheld, Virginia spoliation laws, and federal production/preservation issues. Also includes a discussion of the privileges to be aware of when reviewing documents to be withheld, Virginia spoliation laws, and federal production/preservation issues topics.

    Lunch Break

    Who’s Who? How to Effectively and Efficiently Research Jurors

    Where and how do you ethically look for juror information, what information is relevant and important, and what are the best formats for organizing juror information for the trial attorney?

    Trials 101: A Paralegal’s Role in Trial Prep and Trial

    This session will address how to work up a case before trial, what’s needed as you approach trial, local rules and procedures to watch out for, use of demonstratives, and the paralegal’s role as air traffic controller during trial and include a discussion of what needs to be in your Trial Toolkit.          


    For sponsorship information, contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

    • 01 Jun 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Home of Kathleen M. McCauley

    Join us for an evening of networking at the home of VADA member and past president Kathleen M. McCauley of Moran Reeves Conn.   Enjoy panoramic views of the James from Riverside Drive while celebrating the summer solstice with friends.  Drinks, snacks, and exciting raffle prizes provided by our sponsors, Planet Depos and InQuis.  For an extra raffle ticket, bring a colleague who is not yet a VADA member.  Address to be provided upon registration, which is free.

    Many thanks to our sponsors,

    • 25 Oct 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Oct 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Information coming soon.


    Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for sponsorship information.

    • 01 Dec 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Richmond Location TBD

    This is a must-attend event for newer attorneys, who will learn the practical information needed to practice civil defense law.  Sessions are taught by experienced members of the civil defense bar and the judiciary. 

    We are offering a different agenda than 2022, so attend again

    Draft Agenda

    Coming Soon


    The registration fee is $250 and includes all CLEs, lunch, networking reception and golf games. New members joining VADA will have their first-year membership fee waived for 2024.  First membership bill will be sent January 2025.  Cancellations accepted until November 18.  Substitutions welcome anytime.

    Meeting Sponsors


            To learn about meeting sponsorship, contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

Past events

10 Jan 2023 Women's Section Informal Chat
02 Dec 2022 2022 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
12 Oct 2022 2022 Annual Meeting
28 Sep 2022 Potomac Region Networking Reception
06 Sep 2022 Tidewater Region Networking Reception
09 Aug 2022 You Don't Need to Do It All Lunch & Learn
08 Aug 2022 2022 Paralegal Seminar
03 Aug 2022 Southwest Region Networking Reception
29 Jun 2022 Meet the Author Lunch & Learn
23 Jun 2022 Capitol Region Networking Reception
24 May 2022 Foundational Requirements for the Life Care Plan Lunch & Learn
04 May 2022 2022 Spring Sections Seminar
31 Mar 2022 Why Do Bad Things Happen to People In “Good” Cars?
18 Mar 2022 2022 Trial Tactics Workshop
28 Feb 2022 Productivity and Pandemic Practice Lunch & Learn
15 Feb 2022 Virtual Scavenger Hunt
12 Jan 2022 Utilizing Forensic Engineers Lunch & Learn
15 Dec 2021 Meet Your Executive Committee Lunch & Learn
03 Dec 2021 2021 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
30 Nov 2021 New Appellate Landscape Lunch & Learn
20 Oct 2021 2021 Annual Meeting
06 Oct 2021 Southwest Region Networking Reception
08 Sep 2021 Retaining, Developing, and Safely Navigating Expert Witness Testimony Lunch & Learn
25 Aug 2021 Memory Skills for Lawyers Lunch & Learn
28 Jul 2021 2021 Paralegal Seminar
21 Jul 2021 Biomechanics Lunch & Learn
23 Jun 2021 Balancing the Billable and the Non-Billable Lunch & Learn
19 May 2021 Of Courtiers and Princes Lunch & Learn
05 May 2021 2021 Spring Sections Seminar
14 Apr 2021 Through the Eyes of the Insured Lunch & Learn
17 Mar 2021 How to be a Valuable Asset to Your Firm Lunch & Learn
16 Mar 2021 Young Lawyers Virtual Social Hour
12 Mar 2021 Deposition Workshop
24 Feb 2021 Client Development and Client Maintenance: Thriving in the New Normal
16 Feb 2021 Virtual Scavenger Hunt
10 Feb 2021 Voir Dire Lunch & Learn
13 Jan 2021 How to Effectively Bill Your Time
15 Dec 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021 - Virtual Bingo
04 Dec 2020 2020 Young Lawyers Boot Camp WEBINAR
17 Nov 2020 Fall Webinar
14 Oct 2020 2020 Annual Meeting
15 Sep 2020 VADA Virtual Trivia Night
07 Aug 2020 2020 Advanced Expert Witness Workshop (NEW DATE)
01 Jul 2020 2020 Paralegal Seminar (Postponed to 2021)
03 Jun 2020 VADA Virtual Trivia Night
21 May 2020 Coronavirus and Insurance Coverage - What Attorneys Need to Know
20 May 2020 MOVED TO JUNE 3 - VADA Potomac Virtual Trivia Night
14 May 2020 2020 Spring Sections Seminar Webinar
13 May 2020 Mindfulness and Meditation for Pandemics and Skeptics
30 Apr 2020 Cloud Services: Avoid Security Pitfalls Without Compromising User Experience
23 Apr 2020 2020 Southwestern Region Virtual Happy Hour
22 Apr 2020 Working from Home in a Defense Practice
16 Apr 2020 Remote Mediation and Arbitration
09 Apr 2020 COVID-19: Important Employment Issues for Your Firm
04 Apr 2020 VADA VTLA Joint Letter
19 Mar 2020 A Look At Remote Deposition Capabilities Webinar
27 Feb 2020 2020 Capitol Region VADA & ACC Networking Reception
13 Dec 2019 2019 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
02 Oct 2019 2019 Annual Meeting
10 Sep 2019 Tidewater Region Networking Reception - Rescheduled Date
05 Sep 2019 Tidewater Region Networking Reception
08 Aug 2019 Blue Ridge Region Networking Reception
07 Aug 2019 2019 Paralegal Seminar
21 May 2019 Southwest Region Networking Reception
16 May 2019 Potomac Region Networking Happy Hour
08 May 2019 Guest Speakers for 2019 Spring Sections Seminar
08 May 2019 2019 Spring Sections Seminar
15 Mar 2019 2019 Trial Tactics Workshop
06 Feb 2019 Capitol Region Networking Reception
07 Dec 2018 2018 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
10 Oct 2018 Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration
10 May 2018 2018 Spring Sections Seminar
16 Mar 2018 2018 Deposition Workshop

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Richmond, VA, 23235


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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