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

Upcoming events

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • via Webcast

    Join us for our new Fall Webinar.

    The webinar features sessions originally slated for the Annual Meeting, which were shifted to a later date due to COVID. With the CLE deadline now extended to the end of December, you still have time to get in those final few hours.


    Requesting 3.0 HRS CLE

    9:00 – 9:30 Live Streaming Testimony
    Randy Wimbish, Wimbish Gentile McCray & Roeber

    9:30 – 9:40 Break

    9:40-10:25 Motions Craving Oyer
    Nancy Reynolds, Woods Rogers

    Motions craving oyer have a long and rich history in Virginia jurisprudence. Their use has been challenged and limited to prevent successful demurrers of frivolous lawsuits. This history and the recent Virginia Supreme Court opinion bolstering oyer motions will be explored in this program.

    10:25 - 10:35 Break

    10:35 –11:20 Subpoenaing Substance Abuse Treatment/Mental Health Records
    Douglas Penner, Goodman Allen Donnelly

    The subpoena duces tecum traditionally requires a witness to produce pertinent documents to a proceeding. This procedure is complicated when the pertinent documents contain confidential HEALTHCARE INFORMATION. This session will focus on the unique challenges of issuing subpoena duces tecum for mental health and substance abuse treatment records. Furthermore, this session will discuss the applicable legal standard under 42 C.F.R. Part 2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

    11:20 – 11:30 Break

    11:30 – 12:30 Innocence of Earl Washington, 1.0 HR
    Robert T. Hall, Hall & Sethi

    Earl Washington, Jr. was a Virginia death-row inmate who was exonerated in 2000, in part due to Mr. Hall’s efforts. Mr. Hall will summarize the case from inception through its many appeals, discussing both criminal and appellate procedure. He will also discuss the use of DNA evidence, which was in its infancy during the Washington trial, both in the courtroom and during the appeals process, including but not limited to strategies for defending against the use of DNA evidence.


    Registration is $100 and includes all written materials. The meeting will be entirely virtual using Zoom webinar and the joining instructions and written materials will be sent to registrants the day before the program.


    To sponsor this event, contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org

    • 04 Dec 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Bank of America Building, 1111 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA

    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 2019, so plan to attend again. The program will be offered both in-person and via webcast.

    Registration Information

    $200 - Registration Fee (In Person or Webcast)

    Box lunch included for-in person attendees. Free one-year VADA membership for 2021 is available with registration.  No membership bill sent until January 2022. Cancellations accepted through November 20, minus a $25 administrative fee.  No refunds after November 20, but substitutions accepted at any time. 


    In Richmond and via Webcast
    Requesting 6.5 HRS CLE

    8:55 – 9:00 Introduction & Opening Remarks

    9:00 – 9:55 Your Role as Second Chair

    10:00-10:40 What the Insurance Adjustor Needs from You: Teamwork in Insurance Claims

    10:50-11:50 Tips for Practice in the Eastern District of Virginia

    11:50-12:20 Lunch

    12:20 – 1:20 How to Try a Case in General District Court

    1:25-1:55 Reptile Theory Update

    2:00-3:15 Your First Jury Trial

    3:30-4:30 Judicial Advice for New Lawyers Panel Discussion

    4:30 Adjourn


    • 12 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 13 Mar 2021
    • (EST)

    This is a hands-on, two-day workshop to learn 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 deponent, defense attorney, plaintiffs’ attorney, and observer. At each stage of the depositions, senior coach-attorneys will critique performances and suggest approaches to use.

    Registration will be limited. Late registrants may come as observers and may be wait-listed as participants.

    * 8.5 credit hours have been requested.

    * The registration fee is $250 before February 23. After February 26 the fee is $300. 

    Questions? Contact VADA Director of Meetings Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org or (804) 402-6788.

    • 05 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 07 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville

    Specialized litigation sections training. Registration includes receptions Wednesday and Thursday nights and VADA Late Night.

    Hotel Information

    Coming Soon


    Coming Soon


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

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

    • 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 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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Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

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