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VADA Defense Line September 2022


I begin this month with thank you!  Thank you for the honor and the privilege of serving as your President this past year.  At our Annual Meeting this October, I will hand the gavel to our President-Elect, Julie Palmer.  Julie is an exceptional lawyer and an even better friend.  With Julie at the helm as our 51st President, I can state without hesitation that we are in store for great things ahead!

Looking back over the past month, I would like to thank all those who attended our Tidewater Region Happy Hour in Norfolk on September 6!  Thank you to our sponsors, Planet Depos and Juridical Solutions.  Thank you, too, to Jonathan Hyslop, our Tidewater Regional Director, for all of your hard work in putting this event together.

We hope to see many of our Northern Virginia members at our Potomac Region Happy Hour in Tysons on Wednesday!  Well-deserved thanks to Madelaine Katz, our Potomac Regional Director, for planning the event and to Planet Depos and Berenzweig Leonard LLP for sponsoring.

Thank you to the Supreme Court of Virginia for affording me the honor of representing VADA at the investiture of Justice Wesley Russell on September 14.  To Justice Russell, I offer our congratulations!  We wish you nothing but the best as you continue your record of distinguished service to our Commonwealth and its citizens.

Turning to golf, congratulations are in order to Team VADA for bringing home the win in the 2022 VADA/VTLA Civility Golf Tournament!  A tip of the hat to Team VTLA, The McCammon Group, VADA Past President and team captain John Owen, and all others involved in the planning of this year’s Tournament.  Thank you, too, to Independence Golf Club for hosting this year's event.

Last, but certainly not least, I look forward to seeing each of you October 12-14 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center as we gather for our 2022 Annual Meeting!  If you have not yet registered for our Annual Meeting, please do so today!  Visit the Annual Meeting page of our website for registration and complete Annual Meeting details.

To our members and friends, I wish you much good health and happiness.  Thank you again for your support this past year and for the opportunity to serve!

Jason Moyers
VADA President 2021-22

Don't miss out on three days of learning and networking with fellow civil defense attorneys. 

Sessions include:

  • The Future of the Defense Bar: Growing the Next Generation of Defense Attorneys
  • A Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ Guide to an Effective Defense
  • So You’re a Lawyer? Tell Me More About ______ (Domestic Relations, Trusts & Estates, Traffic/Criminal Defense)
  • Restoring Jurors’ Faith in Science and Authorities: How to Cultivate Trustworthiness at Trial
  • To All the Defense Attorneys I’ve Loved Before: What In-House Counsel Wants You to Know 
  • A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Handling Appeals Before the Court of Appeals of Virginia 
  • Confronting Bias in the Courtroom and Beyond
  • Litigation section breakouts

See the complete agenda on the meeting website.

Dine Arounds

Be sure to sign up for one of our Dine Arounds! Following our Wednesday evening Welcome Reception on October 12, join your colleagues for dinner “Dutch treat” at your choice of one of seven local restaurants hand-selected by our Annual Meeting Committee. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to network and reconnect with friends as you enjoy some of Roanoke’s fine cuisine. To reserve your seat, use the button below.

The Penthouse at Center in the Square

Among the highlights of our upcoming Annual Meeting is our Thursday evening Networking Reception at The Penthouse at Center In The Square! The Penthouse features 360° views of downtown Roanoke and is located just steps away from The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. VADA thanks MDD for sponsoring this event! 

Share the warmth!

With the autumn and winter chill fast approaching, many students lack the clothing they need to stay warm this cold weather season. In conjunction with our 2022 Annual Meeting, we are collecting new and gently used winter coats for students in need. Cash donations, too, are both welcome and appreciated. All coats and funds collected benefit the students of Roanoke City Public Schools. For details on how to donate, click here. We thank you for your generosity and your support!

Additional Annual Meeting activities include: 

  • Breakfast with the Judiciary
  • Women's Section Dinner
  • New Members' Reception
  • President's Welcome Reception

Potomac Regional Networking Reception
September 28
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We're a few days away from our 2022 Potomac Region Networking Reception! Make plans to join us from 5-7 pm Wednesday, September 28, at American Prime in Tysons! An evening of networking and fun awaits those who attend, courtesy of our sponsors, Planet Depos and Berenzweig Leonard! For full details, and to RSVP for this FREE event, visit, click here We hope to see you there!

Registration is OPEN for our 2022 Young Lawyers Boot Camp! Slated for Friday, December 2, at Drive Shack Richmond, this valuable one-day seminar gives newer attorneys the practical information needed to practice civil defense law here in Virginia. Learn from seasoned members of the defense bar and members of the judiciary. Topics this year include:

• Your Role as Second Chair

• Your First Jury Trial

• Tips for Practice in the Eastern District of Virginia

and much, much more! If you are not yet a VADA member, a FREE one year membership is available when you register! For complete Boot Camp details, and to reserve your seat, click here. We hope to see you there!


VADA is honored to count among our past presidents four exceptional women: Lisa Frisina (2011-12), Elizabeth Perrow (2012-13), Kate McCauley (2014-15), and Melissa Katz (2019-2020).  At our Annual Meeting this October, we will celebrate our fifth: Julie Palmer (2022-23)!

VADA congratulates our Immediate Past President Tate Love, Secretary Lindsay Rollins, and member William “Billy” Tunner on being named to the 2022 Class of “Leaders in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly! We likewise congratulate member Linda Choe on being named by Virginia Lawyers Weekly to its 2022 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers!” Tate, Lindsay, Billy, and Linda will join this year's other honorees on October 25 for a ceremony at The John Marshall in Richmond. Congratulations, again, to Tate, Lindsay, Billy, Linda, and all of this year's honorees!

VADA congratulates members Margaret Hardy, Monica Monday, and Daniel Summerlin on being named by Virginia Business to its list of Virginia's most powerful and influential leaders in law for 2022-23! To view the complete list of this year's honorees, click here.

Please make sure to sign up for our dinner Thursday night of the Annual Meeting at Billy’s. Only a few seats remain, so register today.  The fee for the dinner is $25 and includes a meal of your choice from a limited menu, and two drink tickets.  Add this option when you register for the Annual Meeting.   

If you have any ideas for our section, please contact Rachel Horvath at or Jodi Simopoulos at

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

September 28
Potomac Region Networking Reception
American Prime Tysons

October 12-14
Annual Meeting
Hotel Roanoke

December 2
Young Lawyers Boot Camp
Drive Shack Richmond


March 3-4
Deposition Workshop
University of Richmond

May 3-5
Spring Sections Seminar
Hotel 24 South, Staunton

This Indiana native and mother of three loves action, adventure, and spending time with family, friends, clients and colleagues.  For more on this month’s VADA Spotlighted Member click here.

Frank N. Cowan Civility Golf Tournament

Congratulations to Team VADA, winners of the 2022 VADA/VTLA Civility Golf Tournament! A tip of the hat to Team VTLA, The McCammon Group, and all involved in the planning of this year’s tournament! Thank you, too, to Independence Golf Club for hosting this year's event!

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.

Don't miss DRI's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia October 25-28, 2022. Join the top national event of the year for civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel.  Learn more on the DRI website.

Kate Adams
Kalbaugh Pfund Messersmith

Morgan Dykstra
Kalbaugh Pfund Messersmith

Juliet Edwards
Byrne Canaan 

Nicholas Martinez
Kalbaugh Pfund Messersmith

Bryan MacAvoy
Alexandria City Attorney’s Office

Amy McLaren
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Juliane Miller
Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

The term “wellness” is associated with promoting positive mental and physical health.   The legal profession is not for the weak.   Advocacy creates oppositional relationships, and while not all are combative, challenging relationships with opposing counsel can be unavoidable.   Our profession is laden with deadlines often not of our own making.  Not only do we engage with opponents, but we answer the demands of our clients and the Court.  Demands and deadlines are stressful as is the mental labor required of the work itself.  Self-care, described as the conscious acts taken to promote physical, mental and emotional health,  is an essential part of maintaining wellness, and can take many forms.  We are familiar with taking a walk, drinking plenty of water, exercise and healthy meals, all of which are effective.  Sitting in the sunlight, journalling and planning events to look forward to are also examples of self-care.  Saying “no” to additional obligations can be a powerful form of self-care.  There are times when saying no is not an option, but when it is an option, consider it, and consider saying no as a form of self-care.    Whether it be a committee, an event, or a request for assistance, sometimes the right answer is “no”, or “I am not able to help or attend right now”.   Saying no or refusing to take on additional obligations can feel awkward or irresponsible, but if the result of assuming the obligation is burn-out and stress that reaches a health-harming level, saying no or not right now, is the right choice.   Practice self-care and promote wellness by making intentional choices to enhance your mind body and soul in ways that feel good, even if it means saying no.  

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