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CLE Forms and Meeting Materials can be found here.  VADA member login required.

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

Upcoming events

    • 08 Sep 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • King Family Vineyards, 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, VA 22932

    Polo at King Family Vineyards
    September 8
    (Rain date September 22)

    Sponsored by

    Bring your families and join the Blue Ridge Region for a Sunday afternoon watching polo while mingling with friends and colleagues at beautiful King Family Vineyards. This event is open to all VADA members, regardless of region.

    Tickets are $25 for adults (children are free) and VADA will provide tents, lunch, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and a wine tasting.  Wine is also available for purchase onsite.  Families are welcome to provide their own food and drinks as well. 

    (Please note that Virginia ABC does not permit outside alcohol at this event). 

    • 10 Sep 2024
    • 10:00 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.

    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?

    Lunch/Work Break

    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.

    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.       

    Click for the complete agenda.  


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

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

    Kingsmill Resort



    President’s Welcome Reception


     Dine Arounds (Various locations)


    Late Night



        8:00-9:00 Registration and Buffet Breakfast
       9:00-10:00 Motions Practice 101

    The Art of Persuasive Arguments in the Courtroom

     11:15-12:15 Chat GPT and Other AI in the Practice of Law


    Awards Luncheon


    Litigation Section Breakouts



      5:00-6:00 Young Lawyers Informal Gathering


    Bench-Bar Reception


    Dinner on Your Own/Optional Women's Dinner


    Late Night



    Riverview Yoga


    Breakfast Buffet


    Creating Good Relationships with Opposing Counsel


    Elimination of Bias: Racial Bias in the Legal System


    The Lawyers Role in Helping Clients Survive Litigation


    Box Lunches Available


    Navigating Occupational Risks to Practicing Law




    The registration fee includes all CLEs, meals and receptions. New members joining VADA will have their first-year membership fee waived for 2025.  First membership bill will be sent January 2026. For further details, contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org.

    Guest registration fee includes Wednesday and Thursday receptions.  For guest ticket information for Thursday's Awards lunch, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org. 

    Cancellations accepted until October 11, 2024.  No refunds after October 11, but substitutions welcome anytime. Email Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for further information.


    Kingsmill is a place steeped in honored traditions and genuine Southern hospitality. In 1969 Anheuser-Busch purchased 3,900 acres of James River land with plans to build a large brewery. As part of the land purchase agreement, Anheuser-Busch agreed to develop hundreds of those acres into what is now Kingsmill Resort.

    Today, Kingsmill Resort retains those magnificent traits inherent in Kingsmill’s early life with grand accommodations, gracious hospitality and stately service. The Resort’s Plantation Golf Course is routed along what was once the original Kingsmill Plantation, and other resort properties and features are similarly located on plantation grounds.


    Enjoy dinner while networking with new or long-time VADA friends. It is Dutch treat, with each participant paying for their own meal. If your plans change, please edit your Sign Up, or contact your meal host listed.

    Sign Up Genius link coming soon.

    Bon Appetit!


    Please join the Women’s Section on the Thursday evening of the Annual Meeting for a Paint & Sip.  An art instructor will lead an informal art class where each of us will paint a canvas from start to finish, while enjoying pizza, beverages, and each other’s company.  No art experience required.  The event will take place on-site at Kingsmill and supplies will be provided. Cost to attend is $25 and can be selected as an option during registration. 





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

    • 29 Oct 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Webinar sponsored by VADA & VTLA

    Further information coming soon.

    • 06 Dec 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Drive Shack, 1647 Four Rings Drive, Henrico, 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 2023, so attend again and don't miss the networking reception and golfing fun at the end of our program. 

    Draft Agenda

    Coming Soon.


    The registration fee is $300 and includes all CLEs, lunch, and networking reception and golfing fun. New members joining VADA will have their first-year membership fee waived for 2025.  First membership bill will be sent January 2026.  Cancellations accepted until November 21.  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.

    • 07 May 2025
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 May 2025
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hotel 24 South, 24 S. Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401

    Join us for our annual specialized litigation sections training.

    Further information coming in 2025.

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

    • 22 Oct 2025
    • 6:00 PM
    • 24 Oct 2025
    • 1:00 PM
    • Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Further information coming soon.


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

    • 29 Apr 2026
    • 6:00 PM
    • 01 May 2026
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Virginian Hotel, 712 Church Street, Lynchburg 24504

    Join us for our annual specialized litigation sections training.



    6:00 - 7:30 PM      Welcome Reception

    7:30 PM                  Dinner on Your Own (RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED)


    8:00 - 9:00 AM      Breakfast and Registration

    9:00 - Noon          Morning Sections

    Noon - 1:00 PM    Lunch

    1:00 - 4:00 PM       Afternoon Sections

    4:15 - 5:15 PM       General Session

    5:15 - 6:30 PM       Networking Reception

    6:30 PM                  Dinner on Your Own (RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED) or optional Women's Section Dinner 

    9:00 - 10: 30 PM    Late Night Dessert Reception


    8:00 - 9:00 AM       Breakfast and Registration

    9:00 - Noon            Morning Sections

      Noon Box              Lunch


      Coming Spring 2026


      The Virginian Hotel

      Discounted booking link coming Spring 2026

      An eminent feature of Lynchburg since 1913, the Virginian Hotel combines historic detail with modern style. Discover the James River Heritage Trail and the city's arts district just steps from their door. Skyline Grill provides exclusive views as downtown Lynchburg's only rooftop restaurant and The William Henry Steakhouse, created by two seasoned steakhouse operators, brings an exceptional menu in a warm and inviting dining room. Reservations are suggested if you plan to dine in the hotel.

      Community Service

      Coming Spring 2026

      Women's Section Dinner

      Coming Spring 2026


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

    Past events

    13 Jun 2024 Capitol Region Networking Reception
    21 May 2024 Southwest Region Networking Reception
    14 May 2024 Potomac Region Networking Reception
    01 May 2024 2024 Spring Sections Seminar
    15 Mar 2024 2024 Trial Tactics Workshop
    01 Dec 2023 2023 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
    08 Nov 2023 Pediatric Life Care Planning and Earning Lunch & Learn
    25 Oct 2023 2023 Annual Meeting
    10 Oct 2023 Ethical and Civil Advocacy in Mediation Webinar
    14 Sep 2023 Tidewater Region Networking Reception
    14 Sep 2023 Lawyer Moms Lunch & Learn
    23 Aug 2023 2023 Paralegal Seminar
    15 Aug 2023 Nutrition Tips for Busy Attorneys Lunch & Learn
    07 Jun 2023 Making Social Media Work for You
    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
    21 Apr 2020 CHAIR YOGA CLASS
    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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