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2022 Young Lawyers Boot Camp

  • 02 Dec 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Drive Shack Short Pump at 1647 Four Rings Drive Richmond, 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 2021, so attend again and don't miss the networking reception and golf fun at the end of our program. 

Draft Agenda

8:55 – 9:00             Introduction & Opening Remarks

                                Julie Palmer, VADA President, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

                               Alexandra Ellmauer Hamm, VADA Young Lawyers Division Chair, Byrne Canaan Law

9:00 – 10:15          Your Role as Second Chair

                                Stanley P. Wellman, VADA Past President, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

10:15 - 11:30         Your First Jury Trial

                                Carlyle (Randy) Wimbish III, VADA Past President, Wimbish Gentile McCray & Roeber

11:30 – 11:45        Break

11:45 - 12:45         Tips for Practice in the Eastern District of Virginia

                                John B. Mumford, Jr., VADA Past President, Hancock Daniel

12:45 - 1:15           Lunch

1:15 – 2:15            How to Try a Case in General District Court

                               Madelaine Kramer Katz, VADA Board Member, Rifkin Weiner Livingston

2:15 – 3:00            What the Insurance Adjustor Needs from You: Teamwork in Insurance Claims

                               Melissa H. Katz, VADA Past President, McGavin Boyce Bardot Thorsen & Katz

3:00 – 3:15           Break

:15 – 3:45             Spoliation       

                              Audra Dickens, VADA Board of Directors, The Progressive Group

 3:45 - 4:45           Judicial Advice for New Lawyers Panel Discussion

                              Hon. Donald C. Blessing, Halifax County Circuit Court
                              Hon. Randall G. Johnson, Jr., Henrico County Circuit Court
                              Moderator: Julie Palmer, VADA President, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

4:45 – 6:30            Networking Reception and Golf Games

Printable Detailed Agenda


The registration fee is $250 and includes all CLEs, lunch, networking reception and golf games. New members joining VADA will have their first-year membership fee waived for 2023.  First membership bill will be sent January 2024.

Meeting Sponsors


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

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

1915 Huguenot Road, Ste 301

Richmond, VA, 23235


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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