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

Upcoming events

    • 07 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Making Social Media Work for You


    Jason G. Moyers
    Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers
    VADA Immediate Past President

    Having trouble making social media work for you?  Want to up your game, or your firm’s, with clients and colleagues?  VADA Immediate Past President Jason Moyers will offer strategies and tips for using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram to help improve you and your firm’s social media presence, build your brand, and stay abreast of news and other current developments. 

    The event is fully virtual, via Zoom, and free to current and potential VADA members.

    • 23 Aug 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 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.

    • 14 Sep 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Lawyer Moms

    Julie Palmer
    Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
    VADA President 

    Darlene P. Bradberry
    Newport News City Attorney’s Office

    Phylicia A. Preston
    Byrne Canaan Law

    Noelle Quam

    Rachel Horvath
    Piedmont Liability Trust
    Women's Section Chair

    Taylor Brewer
    Moran Reeves Conn
    Women's Section Vice-Chair

    “Lawyer Moms” is a panel discussion by and for VADA mothers past, present, and future.  This Lunch & Learn will explore the joys and challenges faced by attorney moms in civil litigation.  Speakers will share tips and tricks on how they juggle jobs and families and generally “do it all.” 


    • 14 Sep 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Grain Rooftop Beer Garden at Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 East Main Street, Norfolk

    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.

    • 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.

    • 08 Nov 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Pediatric Life Care Planning and Earning Capacity Analysis: Foundational Similarities for an Evidence-Based Approach

    Sponsored by InQuis Global

    Betsy Keesler, BSN, RN, CLCP
    InQuis Global

    Michael Fryar, M.S., CRC, RN, CCM, QRP, CLCP
    InQuis Global

    This presentation will examine the core foundations for building both an evidence-based pediatric life care plan and an earning capacity analysis. 

     A review of the necessary standards, guidelines, and/or consensus statements for these evaluations will be outlined.

    The event is free to VADA members and potential members. 

    • 01 Dec 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Drive Shack, 1647 Four Rings Drive, Richmond, VA 23233

    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 and don't miss the networking reception and golf fun at the end of our program. 

    Draft Agenda

    Coming Soon.


    The registration fee is $300 and includes all CLEs, lunch, and networking reception. 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.

    We do not have a block of hotel rooms reserved for this event, but there are numerous hotel options nearby. 

    Meeting Sponsors


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

    • 15 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Jepson Alumni Center at University of Richmond, 442 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173

    Two-day mock trial where the first 16 registered attorneys will be assigned as co-counsel for the plaintiff or defendant, so register early. Remaining registrants will play expert witnesses and providing feedback. Coaching, ahead of the event and on-site, will be provided by experienced members of the defense bar. Virginia judges will preside and provide constructive feedback throughout the trial.

    Registration includes case file, all written materials, networking reception, continental breakfast, & box lunch. 


    Friday, March 15

    1:00 – 5:00       Coaching – Teams meet with coaches and witnesses. Counsel will arrange briefing of witnesses to fit all schedules. Rooms are available at the Delta.        

    5:00 – 6:00       Preserving Error in the Trial Court and Beyond

    6:00 – 7:00       Networking Reception

    Saturday, March 16

    8:00 – 8:30     Continental Breakfast

    8:30 – 8:45     Morning Briefing

    8:45 – 3:45     Moot Courts


    Registration for this unique event is limited and fills quickly.  New members, registration includes your first-year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2025.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details. We may need a few volunteers to act as a witness at Saturday's trial (friend, family, etc.) Volunteer witnesses are invited to attend the reception and meals as our guest. 

    Cancellations accepted until February 28, minus a $50 service fee.  Substitutions welcome anytime.


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

    • 01 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 03 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Virginian Hotel, 712 Church Street, Lynchburg 24504


    The Virginian Hotel

    Join us for our annual specialized litigation sections training.

    Agenda and meeting information coming Spring 2024


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

    • 24 Oct 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 26 Oct 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Kingsmill Resort, 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185


    Kingsmill Resort

    Registration and information coming summer 2024.


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

Past events

01 Jun 2023 Capitol Region Networking Reception
18 May 2023 Potomac Region Networking Reception
03 May 2023 2023 Spring Sections Seminar
19 Apr 2023 Southwest Region Networking Reception
03 Mar 2023 2023 Deposition Workshop
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
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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Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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