Paralegal Seminar Registration, Regional Happy Hours, Annual Meeting Registration Opens, and more. 

VADA Defense Line July 2019

President's Welcome

Welcome to the July Defense Line. Tidewater region members, we hope to see you next week at our Regional Happy Hour on July 18 at 6:00 at Blue Anchor Brew House -- RSVP here  Blue Ridge region members, we'll be coming your way with your Regional Happy Hour August 8 at Zocalo. Don't miss these opportunities to network with VADA members and visit with old friends. Many thanks to our sponsor, Planet Depos.

I am excited to announce that registration for our Annual Meeting is officially open! Click here for meeting details and online registration. Many thanks to our Annual Meeting planning committee for putting together an amazing program.

Did you see the latest issue of the Journal? The Summer 2019 issue of The Journal of Civil Litigation should have already arrived in your mailbox. Thank you to VADA members Catherine E. Donnelly, Alexandra Dare Essig, Guy M. Harbert III, and Alexander de Witt for contributing articles to this issue.

I hope you have a relaxing summer.

John B. Mumford, Jr.
VADA President, 2018-19

Member Spotlight

This Baltimore native has been a VADA member since 2006.  Among her many interests are hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, spending time with her family, and Wahoo basketball.  Her favorite movie quote: “You’re killing me, Smalls!”  Click here to learn more about this months’ Spotlighted Member!

Paralegal Seminar
August 7 in Richmond

Registration continues for our 2019 Paralegal Seminar on Wednesday, August 7, at The Place at Innsbrook in Glen Allen! This must-attend event for paralegals of all levels in civil defense firms is designed to hone their skills as valued members of your legal team. Space for this year’s seminar is limited, so encourage your paralegals to register today! For more info, and to register, please visit:

Annual Meeting 
October 2-4 in Norfolk

One of the most important skills for any civil litigator is identifying the most effective way to present your client's case to the jury at trial. Register today for the VADA's upcoming Annual Meeting, where Judge David B. Carson of Virginia's 23rd Judicial Circuit will present "Through the Eyes of Jurors: Jurors’ Insights on the Trial of Cases." Drawn from surveys of jurors in the Roanoke Valley from July 2013 thru July 2015, and recently updated, Judge Carson will share insights and tips from actual jurors as to what they liked, what they didn't like, and what they found most effective.

We'll meet at the Hilton Norfolk The Main October 2-4  Register using this link. You won't want to miss it!

Upcoming VADA Events

July 18
Tidewater Happy Hour, Norfolk

August 7
Paralegal Seminar, Richmond

August 8
Blue Ridge Happy Hour, Charlottesville

October 2-4
Annual Meeting, Norfolk

December 13
Young Laywers Boot Camp, Richmond

Did You Know?

The VADA website has many resources and publications available online 24/7.

DRI Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the DRI Annual Meeting!  Join us in New Orleans October 16-19, 2019 for outstanding educational programming on timely topics and fun in the Big Easy, including a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball.  Register today.  Also, don’t miss the other seminars coming up this summer and early fall, including Appellate Advocacy (July 19 in Chicago), Strictly Automotive (September 12-13 in Columbus, OH), and Nursing Home/ALF Litigation (September 19-20 in Chicago).  A complete list of this year’s seminars can be found here.

Authority of Use Plaintiff's Medical Bills When Plaintiffs Try to Exclude Them

On June 19, 2019, the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, in the matter of Maldonado V. Metropolitan Communications Group, LLC, et al., Case No.: CL2017-18241, entered this Order, denying, under authority of Barkley v. Wallace, 267 Va. 369 (2004), the plaintiff's motion in limine to exclude evidence of her incurred medical specials. A tip of the hat to VADA member firm Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins PC for sharing this ruling!

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