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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


Registration is closed

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

8:30                        Registration and Coffee

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 Buford, Hancock Daniel

12:45 - 1:15           Lunch

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

                                Katie M. DeCoster, Sands Anderson
                                Madelaine Kramer Katz, 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

3:15 – 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. Thomas B. Hoover (Ret.), The McCammon Group
                               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.  Cancellations accepted until November 18.  Substitutions welcome anytime.

We do not have a block of hotel rooms reserved for this event, but the Short Pump and Innsbrook areas of Henrico County are nearby, and they have many hotel options.

Dress for the meeting is casual.

Meeting Sponsors



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

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

11533 Busy Street, #327

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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