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

Upcoming events

    • 05 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 07 May 2021
    • 3:15 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Specialized litigation sections training with sessions related directly to the our litigation sections. The program will run over 3 days via Zoom. Register for as many sections as you'd like.  Registration includes a virtual happy hour Thursday night.


    Printable Detailed Agenda

    Agenda Summary
    Requesting 17.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)


    Privacy, The Final Frontier: Exploring Virginia's Consumer Data Protection Act  
    Karissa Kaseorg, McCandlish Holton
    Risa S. Katz-Albert, Spilman, Thomas, & Battle
    Joseph Schaffer, Spilman, Thomas, & Battle

    3:15-5:15 APPELLATE ADVOCACY, 2.0 HRS
    Annual Review of Important Supreme Court of Virginia and Federal Appellate Cases
    Joseph Pope, Goodman Allen Donnelly

    Expansion of the Court of Appeals’ Jurisdiction and Implications for Future Appeals
    Joseph Rainsbury, Miles and Stockbridge


    Legal Malpractice Claims in the Wake of COVID-19
    Eileen Garczynski, Ames & Gough

    Defense Strategies and Tips in Pro Se Litigation
    William L. Mitchell, Eccleston and Wolf

    10:45-12:45 LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 2.0 HRS
    Virginia Legislative Update
    Phyllis Errico, Virginia Association of Counties
    Chris McDonald, Virginia Association of Counties
    Moderator: Gerald Harris, Virginia Beach City Attorney's Office

    Redistricting 2020
    Kimball Brace, Election Data Services
    Joseph Kurt, Virginia Beach City Attorney's Office
    Katherine Streit, Setliff Law

    1:00-3:00 POLICY COVERAGE, 2.0 HRS
    COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims: Elegant Massage and Beyond
    Jonathan Gonzalez, McCandlish Holton
    Walker Terry, McCandlish Holton
    Peter Schurig, Setliff Law
    Kevin Streit, Setliff Law

    3:15-5:15 MEDICAL MALPRACTICE (PART 1), 1.0 HR
    Federal Peer Review Privilege and the Virginia PSO
    Peggy Binzer, Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    Madelaine A. Kramer, Sands Anderson

    Roundtable Discussion



    8;30-10:30 WORKERS' COMPENSATION, 2.0 HRS
    The Ombuds Program
    Lorraine D'Angelo, Va. Workers’ Compensation Commission

    The Best Practices for Virtual Hearings

    Lynne Ferris, Va. Workers’ Compensation Commission
    Brooke Anne Hunter, Va. Workers’ Compensation Commission
    Brian Kelly, Va. Workers’ Compensation Commission

    The Medical Fee Schedule Dispute Process

    Drema Thompson, Va. Workers’ Compensation Commission

    Surge Moghaddassi, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
    Stewart Pollock, Moran Reeves Conn

    Defending Non-Auto Transportation Cases
    Allen Kidd, Sinnott Nuckols & Logan
    Justin Guthrie, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

    1:00-3:00 MEDICAL MALPRACTICE (PART 2), 2.0 HRS
    Medical Malpractice in the COVID Era
    Davis Powell, Byrne Legal Group
    Davis Walsh, McGuireWoods

    Medical Malpractice and Telemedicine
    Jason Davis, Kaufman & Canoles


    Registration is $100 per section session, with the exception of Medical Malpractice, which is $150 and will be offered in two parts on Thursday and Friday afternoons (register for Part 1 and you will be automatically registered for Part 2 on Friday).

    New VADA members, your 2021 membership dues will be waived with your registration for this meeting.  No membership bill sent until 2022.  Choose "New Member" at registration. Email VADA Executive Director, Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org with any questions.


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

    • 19 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Of Courtiers and Princes
    A conversation with author Todd Peppers, Ph.D.
    Roanoke College

    Dr. Todd Peppers is the Henry H. and Trudye H. Fowler Professor of Public Affairs at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.  Dr. Pepper’s new book, Of Courtiers and Princes, is the fourth he has edited or co-edited on the relationship between judges and their clerks.  Drawing on contributions from former law clerks and judicial scholars, including an essay by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Of Courtiers and Princes examines the law clerk’s role in lower federal and state courts.  It provides an inside look at the professional and personal bonds that form between lower court judges and their law clerks. 

    Dr. Peppers is a 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee University and a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge Thomas M. Shanahan of the District of Nebraska and United States District Judge Glen E. Conrad of the Western District of Virginia.  In 2003, Dr. Peppers obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Emory University.  He joined the Department of Public Affairs at Roanoke College in 2002.  He also teaches as a Visiting Professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Since 2010, Dr. Peppers has served as the Coordinator of Roanoke College’s James C. and S. Maynard Turk Pre-Law Program.

    Other books by Dr. Peppers on the subject of judges and their law clerks include Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise And Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk (2006), In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (2012), and Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (2015).

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

    • 01 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Jul 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Location and Exact Date TBD

    A must-attend event for paralegals of all levels working in civil defense firms. This one-day seminar 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. Space is limited, so register today.

    Draft Agenda

    10:00–10:30     Registration

    10:30-11:30      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.

    11:30-12:30      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?

    12:30-1:00     Lunch

    1:00-1:45       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.

    1:45-2:30     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.

    2:30            Adjourn


    Registration fee of $125 includes written materials, lunch and wine & wisdom roundtable networking session. Our online registration accepts both credit card and check payments. To pay by check, select "Invoice me" on the registration page.

    Cancellations accepted until 7/31, minus a $25 processing fee.  No refunds after 7/31. Substitutions welcome anytime. Business attire is recommended.


    Coming soon.


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

    • 23 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Balancing the Billable and the Non-Billable

    Tate C. Love

    Personal injury, defense, health care, insurance, and litigation attorney Tate Love outside a brick wall

    There are a number of activities – bar associations, non-profit boards, firm governance – that are both worthwhile, and can add to your marketability and profitability.  Join VADA President Tate Love, who will discuss how you balance your participation in these laudable pursuits, while still meeting your billable goals.

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

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 22 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront


    2021 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

    • Jim Cales, Furniss Davis Rashkind and Saunders, Norfolk
    • Lauren Bohdam, TimberlakeSmith, Staunton
    • Cameron Ervin, Frith Anderson + Peake, Roanoke
    • Brittany McGill, Office of the Virginia Attorney General, Richmond
    • Danielle Smith, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond
    • Megan Wagner, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond
    • Melissa Wiles, Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins, Fairfax
    • Glenn Williams, Frith Anderson & Peake, Roanoke
    • Ben Woody, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Alexandria


    Wednesday, October 20 

    6:00 PM                           President’s Welcome Reception

    7:00 PM                           Dine Arounds

    9:30 PM                           VADA “Late Night”

    Thursday, October 21 

    6:00 AM                          DRI for Life Group Run

    8:00 AM                          Registration & Buffet Breakfast

    8:00 AM                          Past Presidents’ Breakfast 

    8:55 AM                          Welcome

    9:00– 10:00                    Being a Defense Lawyer
    Stanley P. Wellman, VADA Past President, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

    10:00-10:15                    Break

    10:15-11:15                    Post-COVID Jury Trials
    Brian Casey, VADA Past President, TaylorWalker
    Jeffrey Frederick, PhD, Jeffrey Frederick Trial Consulting Services, LLC
    Hon. Leslie L. Tilley, 2nd Judicial Circuit Court

    11:15-12:15                    Technology in the Courtroom
    Joseph D. Cohen, Porter Hedges (Courtesy DRI).

    12:15-12:30                    Break

    12:30 PM                        Awards Luncheon 

    2:30–4:30 PM                SECTIONS BREAKOUTS 

    4:30-6:00 PM                 Break

    6:00 PM                           NETWORKING RECEPTION

    7:30 PM                           Dinner (On your own)  

    9:30 PM                           VADA “Late Night”

    Friday, October 22 

    6:00 AM                          DRI for Life Group Walk (Meet in the first-floor lobby)  

    7:30 AM                          Breakfast Buffet Opens

    7:45–8:45                       Breakfast Honoring the Virginia Judiciary

    8:45-9:00                         Break

    9:00-9:45                         Mediation and ADR
    Hon. Pamela S. Baskervill (Ret.), The McCammon Group
    Hon. Catherine C. Hammond (Ret.), Juridical Solutions
    Hon. Jane Marum Roush (Ret.), The McCammon Group

    9:45-10:45                       Using Social Media in Discovery and at Trial
    Jonathan Hyslop, VADA Board of Director, Furniss Davis Rashkind & Saunders
    Coreen Silverman, Hancock Daniel

    10:45-11:00                    Break

    11:00-12:00                    Effective Motions Practice and Oral Advocacy
    Hon. David B. Carson, 23rd Judicial Circuit Court
    Hon. Bradley B. Cavedo, 13th Judicial Circuit Court 
    Hon. Roderick C. Young, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

    12:00-1:00                       Attorney Mental Health
    Samuel T. Bernier, VADA Board Member, Frith Anderson & Peake
    Janet Van Cuyk, The Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program 

    1:00                                   Adjourn and Box Lunch          

    Registration Information

    Registration will open soon.

    Hotel Information

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the VADA-discounted rate of $149 - $169, depending on room type.  The room block is scheduled to be released September 20.   Click here to use the online booking tool.


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

    • 03 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Location TBD

    This one-day seminar is where newer attorneys learn the practical information needed to practice defense law.  Sessions taught by experienced members of the civil defense bar and the judiciary.  Different agenda than 2020, so plan to attend again. 

    Registration Information

    coming soon


    Coming Soon


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

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • (EDT)
    • 14 Oct 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Hotel Roanoke

    VADA Annual Meeting 2022

    The Hotel Roanoke

    Details to come...

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

Past events

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


Many past meetings were recorded and can be found on the members-only area 
of our website here (login required).  

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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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