Regional Receptions,  Social Media Lunch & Learn, Paralegal Seminar, and more... 

VADA Defense Line 


I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Virginia spring. It has certainly been a busy one for the VADA!

I want to start off this month’s Welcome by thanking all who were involved in our recent 2023 Spring Sections Seminar in Staunton. Hotel 24 South was the perfect host and our speakers, sponsors, Section Chairs and Vice Chairs, Amy, and Sherma pulled off a fantastic meeting! The CLE content was impressive, and the fellowship was highly enjoyable. I also offer a special thank you to all who donated to our fund and supply drive for Valley Mission.

Last month, the Southwest Region met for a Networking Reception at Wasena City Taproom in Roanoke. Earlier this month, the Potomac Region held their Networking Reception at Settle Down Easy Brewery at Falls Church. A grand time was had by all at these events. Thank you to our Southwest Regional Director, Chris Dadak, and our Potomac Regional Director, Britton Wight, for organizing, and a huge shout-out to Planet Depos and InQuis for sponsoring!

On June 1, the Capitol Region will gather for a Networking Reception at the home of Past President Kate McCauley. All members are welcome. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

VADA programming will continue strong through the summer and fall! Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

·      June 7 at noon - Lunch & Learn: “Making Social Media Work for You,” by Immediate Past President Jason Moyers. As you may know, Jason is the magician behind VADA’s social media, and he has graciously offered to give us a peek behind the curtain of how he does what he does. You won’t want to miss this one! Register here.

·      August 23 – Paralegal Seminar, via Zoom.  Register here.

·      September 14 at Noon – Lawyer Moms Lunch & Learn, sponsored by the Women's Section. Register here.

·      September 14 at 5:00 – Tidewater Region Networking Reception at Grain Rooftop Beer Garden. Register here.

·      October 25-27 – VADA Annual Meeting at the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Registration will open this summer, so watch your email.

Please visit our website,, for additional details on these and other upcoming events.

I wish you all a wonderful start to summer and look forward to seeing you at a VADA event soon.

Julie Palmer
VADA President, 2022-23

Join us for networking and fun with fellow VADA members.  Drinks, snacks, and exciting raffle prizes provided by our sponsors, Planet Depos and InQuis.  For an extra raffle ticket, bring a colleague who is not yet a VADA member.  Registration is free, but RSVPs are requested on the event page.

Capitol Region
June 1
Home of Kathleen McCauley

Tidewater Region
September 14
Grain at The Main in Norfolk

Watch your email for date and location for the Blue Ridge Region.

Jason G. Moyers
Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers
VADA Immediate Past President

Having trouble making social media work for you?  Want to up your game, or your firm’s, with clients and colleagues?  VADA Immediate Past President Jason Moyers will offer strategies and tips for using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram to help improve you and your firm’s social media presence, build your brand, and stay abreast of news and other current developments. 

The event is fully virtual, via Zoom, and free to current and potential VADA members.

August 23
Via Zoom

A must-attend event for paralegals of all levels working in civil defense firms. This one-day webinar is designed to hone your skills as a valuable member of your legal team. Instructors include attorneys and senior paralegals from several Virginia defense firms. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our wine and pizza at Ox-Eye during the Spring Meeting, and a special thank you to Lauren Darden for all of her help with the event!

Please save the date for a Lunch & Learn, “Lawyer Moms,” on September 14, 2023.  “Lawyer Moms” is a panel discussion by and for VADA mothers past, present, and future.  This Lunch & Learn will explore the joys and challenges faced by attorney moms in civil litigation.  Speakers will share tips and tricks on how they juggle jobs and families and generally “do it all.”  The panelists are VADA President Julie Palmer of Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Darlene P. Bradberry of the Newport News City Attorney’s Office, Phylicia A. Preston of Byrne Canaan Law, and Noelle Quam of TimberlakeSmith.  Moderators are Women’s Section leaders Rachel Horvath of Piedmont Liability Trust and Taylor Brewer of Moran Reeves Conn. 

As always, if you have any suggestions or comments, please contact Rachel Horvath at or Taylor Brewer at

Be sure to bookmark VADA Upcoming Events so you don't miss out.


June 1
Capitol Region Networking Event

June 7
Making Social Media Work for You Lunch & Learn

August 23
Paralegal Seminar

September 14
Lawyer Moms Lunch & Learn

September 14
Tidewater Region Networking EventNorfolk

October 25-27
Annual Meeting
Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront

December 1
Young Lawyers Boot Camp
Drive Shack Richmond

This Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native and avid golfer worked for a time as an insurance adjuster before going to law school.  His advice to new attorneys?  Integrity matters.  For this and much more on this month’s VADA Spotlighted Member, click here.

Save the date!

September 20, 2023 will be the Frank N. Cowan VADA-VTLA Annual Golf Tournament at Independence Golf Course. Our thanks to the McCammon Group for their continued support of this event!

For information on playing, please contact VADA Past President John Owen at or Sherma Mather at

Look forward to seeing you there!

Frank N. Cowan VADA-VTLA Annual Golf Tournament

September 20, 2023

Missed A Webinar
or Meeting?

Did you know that many VADA Lunch & Learn webinars and online programs are available to watch on-demand? Click here to see the library of available content, which can be found in the members-only area of our website.


Did you know that following each meeting the CLE Forms are posted in the meeting materials section of the VADA website?  You can find them in the online library in the members-only area.  Your personal VADA login is required to access this information.

It’s not too late to renew your membership with VADA! If you have questions about your membership status, please reach out to Executive Director Sherma Mather at or Membership Chair Robyn Ayres at for more information!

Sara Meadows
The Progressive Group

Patrick Savage
Frith Anderson + Peake

Compassion Fatigue
Taylor Brewer
Moran Reeves Conn

Have you ever experienced compassion fatigue?  Compassion fatigue is the cumulative physical, emotional and psychological effects of continual exposure to traumatic or distressing events when working in a helping capacity. 

Lawyers are at risk for compassion fatigue due to repeated exposure to client distress and trauma.  It is particularly common among those with high case loads and those with regular exposure to human-induced trauma. Symptoms of compassion fatigue include intrusion of disturbing imagery from cases into thoughts and dreams; becoming pessimistic and irritable; and feeling overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted.  

The first step to treatment is awareness.  Know about compassion fatigue and acknowledge that your daily tasks may expose you to photos, videos, medical records, and witness accounts of difficult experiences.  Reach out to other lawyers who can understand, relate, and empathize, and seek professional assistance if your symptoms begin to negatively impact your daily life.  The Virginia Judge and Lawyers Assistance Program is a good place to start.

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