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2021 Annual Meeting

  • 20 Oct 2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • 22 Oct 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront


  • Email agilbody@vada.org for registration code.
  • For previously-confirmed sponsor attendees. Email agilbody@vada.org for registration code.
  • You may add a guest registration for $125. Guests are invited to join us at the Wednesday and Thursday receptions.
  • You may add a guest registration for $125. Guests are invited to join us at the Wednesday and Thursday receptions.

Registration is closed


Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront
October 20-22

September 20, 2021 Update
We have updated our COVID-19 protocols.  Please see below or click here for important information about our new COVID-19 vaccine or 72-hour negative COVID-19 test requirement. 

Final meeting information and link to written materials will be sent, via email, to all registered attendees on October 19.

2021 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

  • Jim Cales, ChairFurniss Davis Rashkind and Saunders, Norfolk
  • Lauren Bohdan, 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, Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith, Richmond 
  • Melissa Wiles, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Alexandria
  • Glenn Williams, Frith Anderson & Peake, Roanoke
  • Ben Woody, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Alexandria


Approved for 9.0 Hours CLE (2.0 Ethics)

2021 VADA Annual Meeting Detailed Agenda for printing

Wednesday, October 20 

6:00 PM                           President’s Welcome Reception

7:30 PM                           Dine Arounds

9:30 PM                           VADA “Late Night”

Thursday, October 21 

6:00 AM                          Wellness Committee Run or Walk

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. Lilley, 2nd Judicial Circuit Court

11:15-12:15                    Technology in the Courtroom
Alex J. Hagen, Ellis & Winters (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

5:00-6:00                        Friends of Bill W. 

6:00 PM                           NETWORKING RECEPTION

7:30 PM                           Dinner (On your own) or Optional Women’s Section Dinner

9:30 PM                           VADA “Late Night”

Friday, October 22 

6:30 AM                          Wellness Committee Yoga

7:30 AM                          Breakfast Buffet Opens

7:45–8:40                       Breakfast Honoring the Virginia Judiciary

8:40-8:50                       Break

8:50-9:00                       Wellness Challenge Awards Presentation, Community Service Project Presentation, and Sponsors Raffle

9:00-9:45                         Mediation and ADR
Hon. Catherine C. Hammond (Ret.), Juridical Solutions
Hon. Jane Marum Roush (Ret.), The McCammon Group
Hon. Randall D. Smith, (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
Sabina Thaler, Office of the Public Defender for Chesterfield County
Moderator: Brittany McGill, Office of the Attorney General

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
Moderator: Dan Robey, Midkiff Muncie & Ross

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

1:00                                   Adjourn and Box Lunch 

Annual Meeting COVID-19 Statement

VADA remains committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all who attend our 2021 Annual Meeting. We continue to monitor current guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities and government agencies relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue, too, to work closely with the Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront to promote appropriate health and safety measures for the benefit of those who attend.

The Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront has implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these protocols and practices are designed to enhance the health and safety of hotel guests. At last report, the Marriott has been hosting conferences with hundreds of attendees each week, with no outbreaks.

In furtherance of our commitment, VADA will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and mandates that are in place at the time of our Annual Meeting. We are requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, alternatively, to have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to the start of our Annual Meeting. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the venue. Social distancing will be required. We further strongly encourage the wearing of masks by all in attendance, regardless of vaccination or test status, during all indoor portions of the event.

The health and safety of our members, sponsors, speakers, and other Annual Meeting attendees remains our top priority. We recognize that the decision to attend our Annual Meeting, as with any in-person event, is a personal one involving many factors. While we look forward to seeing everyone at the Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront this October, we encourage you to make the choice that best fits your personal comfort level and individual circumstances. Should circumstances require us to modify the schedule or format of our Annual Meeting, we will advise accordingly.

VADA 2021 Annual Meeting COVID-19 Statement (PDF)

Registration Information

Registration fee of $425 includes all sessions, breakfasts & lunches, networking receptions, late nights, and written materials. New members joining VADA will have their first year membership fee waived for 2022.  First membership bill will be sent January 2023.

Guest registration fee of $125 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 10/1 minus a $25 processing fee.  No refunds after 10/1, but substitutions welcome anytime. Email Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for further information. Business attire is recommended.

Hotel Information

Our discounted room block has been released, but you may still be able to book a room directly with the hotel

The Marriott has implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping with their high standards of cleanliness and commitment to providing excellent service.  They have also made a few adjustments to the services, amenities, and facilities available during your stay.  Please click here to learn more about what to expect during your stay at Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Optional Activities

DINE AROUNDS: Join your colleagues Wednesday night for a fun dinner after the Welcome Reception. Enjoy networking with colleagues over dinner at your restaurant of choice.  Sign up here.  Don't forget to make reservations for your Thursday dinner as well. 

WELLNESS CHALLENGE: Annual Meeting participants are invited to Join our VADA Wellness Challenge, which will run from September 19-October 18 and is sponsored by VADA's new Wellness Committee. We will announce the challenge winners at the Annual Meeting. 

WOMEN'S SECTION DINNER: (REGISTRATION CLOSED OCTOBER 4) The newly formed Women’s Section will be hosting its first event, a three-course prix fixe dinner at Mannino’s (3420 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451). This dinner will offer an informal setting to discuss issues women attorneys confront in our practices, as well as the recent controversial article published by the ABA, Are Women Lawyers Paying Enough Attention to Upward Mobility? 

The dinner fee is $75 and includes 2 drinks. To reserve your seat, please add this option on your registration page. Due to the restaurant’s capacity, this event will be capped at 50 attendees and you must register for this event by October 4, 2021. The restaurant is about .5 miles from the hotel. If you want to walk to the restaurant, please meet in the hotel lobby at 7:10.

CHILDREN'S BOOK DRIVE:  Please join us as we collect new or gently used children’s books, infant through young adult.  All books collected benefit the public libraries in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Suffolk.  As an added incentive, we are offering special recognition to the INDIVIDUAL who donates the most titles, as well as to the FIRM who donates the most books.  We will present these recognitions when the directors of the seven area libraries join us at the Marriott on Friday, October 22.  Learn all the details here.


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

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N. Chesterfield, VA 23236


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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