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VADA Defense Line January 2019


Happy New Year from VADA. I am excited to lead VADA as we head into our 51st year of putting value into practice. We remain committed to promoting justice, professionalism and integrity in our civil justice system. 2019 brings many changes to VADA, including an exciting new website and membership system, which should make interacting with us easier and bring greater value to your membership. Please check it out and let us know your thoughts on the new design. 

Welcome to our first Defense Line newsletter, which we will use to communicate with you about exciting news from VADA. I look forward to a successful year at VADA. Contact me at jmumford@hancockdaniel.com with your suggestions for additional improvements. Thank you for your continued support of VADA.

John B. Mumford, Jr.
President, VADA 2018-2019


Be sure to check your email. Membership dues notices were electronically issued at the beginning of this month, using our new online membership system. We now accept American Express. You can also make any necessary updates to your contact information. 

If you have any questions about your membership, please contact our Executive Director, Sherma Mather, at smather@vada.org.
Capitol Region Networking Reception

Richmond-area members, join us Wednesday, February 6 at the new Bingo Beer Co. in Scott's Addition for networking with fellow VADA members. Drinks, snacks and raffle prizes courtesy of our sponsor, 

Registration is free, but RSVP is appreciated here.

Upcoming Meetings

January 25
Williamsburg Lodge

(Registration now open!)
March 15-16, 2019
UofR School of Law

May 9-10
Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton

October 2-4
The Hilton Main, Norfolk

Questions? Email agilbody@vada.org

Legislative Update

The 2019 Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 9, 2019 and is scheduled to last 46 days and adjourn on February 26.  The VADA continues its relationship with lobbyist Alexander M. Macaulay of the law firm Macaulay & Jamerson, P.C. (“MacJam”).  MacJam will monitor General Assembly legislation which VADA deems relevant and will provide reports and analysis and actively lobby on specific legislation as directed by VADA. 

On January 5, the VADA Legislative Committee met with MacJam in Richmond to review pre-filed bills and discuss the forecast for the 2019 session to include potential bills.  MacJam will be alert to any renewed efforts on bills pertaining to spoliation of evidence, tort reform, UIM bad faith, wrongful death beneficiaries, and other proposed bills which may be of interest to our organization. We will keep you posted on any relevant legislative developments. 

Virginia Association of DefenseAttorneys

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