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

Upcoming events

    • 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.

    • 21 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting


    Ying Lu, PhD    Vivek Shekhawat, PhD 
     JS Held  JS Held

    Learn more about the biomechanics involved in injury claims, covering topics and case studies for:

    * The Impacts of Forces on the Body & How they Relate to Injury

    * Top Challenges with Reconstructing Low-Speed Rear End Collisions

    * How Seatbelt Use Can Influence Accident Outcomes

    * Key Considerations for Vehicle, Pedestrian & Cyclist Collisions, Workplace injuries, Slip-Trip-Fall injuries

    * The Importance of Physical Evidence in Overcoming Conflicting Statements.

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

    • 28 Jul 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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. Space is limited, so register today.


    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


    For sponsorship information, 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


    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.

    • 04 May 2022
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 06 May 2022
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville

    Specialized litigation sections training with sessions related directly to the our litigation sections. 


    Coming soon.


    Registration will open Spring 2022


    For sponsorship information, please 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

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


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

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Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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