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CLE Forms and Meeting Materials can be found here.  VADA member login required.

Any questions about VADA meetings can be directed to Amy Gilbody, Director of Meetings, at agilbody@vada.org.

Upcoming events

    • 15 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Jepson Alumni Center at University of Richmond, 442 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173
    Register


    Two-day mock trial where the first 16 registered attorneys will be assigned as co-counsel for the plaintiff or defendant, so register early.  Remaining registrants will play expert witnesses and provide feedback. Coaching, ahead of the event and on-site, will be provided by experienced members of the defense bar. Virginia judges will preside and provide constructive feedback throughout the trial.

    Registration includes case file, all written materials, networking reception, continental breakfast, & box lunch. 

    Agenda

    Friday, March 15

    1:00 – 5:00       Coaching – Teams meet with coaches and witnesses. Counsel will arrange briefing of witnesses to fit all schedules. Rooms are available at the Jepson Center.

    5:00 – 6:00       Preserving Error in the Trial Court and Beyond
       

    6:00 – 7:00       Networking Reception

    Saturday, March 16

    8:00 – 8:30     Continental Breakfast

    8:30 – 8:45     Morning Briefing

    8:45 – 3:45     Moot Courts

    Full Detailed Draft Agenda

    Registration

    Registration for this unique event is limited and fills quickly.  New members, registration includes your first-year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2025.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details. We may need a few volunteers to act as a witness at Saturday's trial (friend, family, etc.) Volunteer witnesses are invited to attend the reception and meals as our guest. 

    Cancellations accepted until February 28, but substitutions are welcome anytime.

    Sponsors




    For sponsorship information, contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org

    • 01 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 03 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Virginian Hotel, 712 Church Street, Lynchburg 24504
    Register


    Join us for our annual specialized litigation sections training.


    Program highlights include:

    Wednesday Welcome Reception at Tresca on 8th, just steps from the hotel.


    VADA Late Night at Marigold's


    Optional Women's Section Dinner at
    Craddock Terry hotel. 


    Complimentary ethics general session, Ethical Obligations for Lawyers, featuring:

    • * Gerald “Jerry” Harris, Esq., Va. Beach City Attorney’s Office
    • * Monica Monday, Esq., Gentry Locke
    • * Hon. John M. Tran, Fairfax County Circuit Court
    • * Lindsay Rollins, Esq., The Progressive Group

    _______________________________

    Many thanks to our section leaders:

    Appellate Advocacy

    Chair: Elaine McCafferty

    Vice Chair: Kristen Mynes


    Auto & Transportation Liability

    Chair: Jonathan Hogins

    Vice Chair: Derek Challenger


    Corporate & Commercial Litigation

    Chair: Declan Leonard

    Vice Chair: Dan Eggleston


    Local Government

    Chair: Douglas Barber

    Vice Chair: Leah Han


    Medical Malpractice

    Chair: Jacob Pierce

    Vice Chair: Laura Lee Miller


    Policy Coverage

    Chair: Pete Schurig

    Vice Chair: Michael Essig


    Product & Toxic Torts

    Chair: John Dunnigan

    Vice Chair: Karlo Goronja


    Professional Liability

    Chair: Colin Neal

    Vice Chair: Andrew Gerrish


    Workers' Compensation

    Chair: Eva Roffis

    Vice Chair: Beth O'Dea


    Agenda

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

    6:00 - 7:30 PM      Welcome Reception

    THURSDAY, MAY 2

    8:00 - 9:00 AM      Breakfast and Registration

    9:00 - Noon          Morning Sections

    • * Policy Coverage with Products & Toxic Torts
    • * Auto & Transportation Liability with Workers' Compensation

    Noon - 1:00 PM    Lunch

    1:00 - 4:00 PM       Afternoon Sections

    • * Corporate & Commercial Litigation with Professional Liability
    • * Medical Malpractice (Part 1)

    4:15 - 5:15 PM       Ethical Obligations for Lawyers

    5:15 - 6:30 PM       Networking Reception

    6:30 PM                  Dinner on your own or optional Women's Section Dinner

    9:00 - 10: 30 PM    Late Night

    FRIDAY, MAY 3

    8:00 - 9:00 AM       Breakfast and Registration

    9:00 - Noon            Morning Sections

    • * Appellate Advocacy with Local Government
    • * Medical Malpractice (Part 2)

    Noon Box              Lunch

    Click here for detailed agenda


    Registration

    The registration fee for each session is $150, with the exception of Medical Malpractice which is offered in two parts, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, for $300.

    New members, registration includes your first-year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2025.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details. Cancellations accepted until April 17, but substitutions are welcome anytime. Guests are invited to join us for the Thursday Networking Reception for a $75 fee and you can add this on your registration form.

    Hotel

    NEW LOCATION!


    The Virginian Hotel
    Lynchburg

    An eminent feature of Lynchburg since 1913, the Virginian Hotel combines historic detail with modern style. Discover the James River Heritage Trail and the city's arts district just steps from their door. Skyline Grill provides exclusive views as downtown Lynchburg's only rooftop restaurant and The William Henry Steakhouse, created by two seasoned steakhouse operators, brings an exceptional menu in a warm and inviting dining room. Reservations are suggested if you plan to dine in the hotel.

    To book your $139/night discounted hotel room, use this link before March 29, 2024.  Book soon, as our block will close the sooner of March 29 or when it fills. 

    Women's Section Dinner

    Join the Women’s Section from 6:45 to 8:45 pm on Thursday, May 2, for dinner at the Craddock Terry Hotel. Tickets are $45 per person, and you can add this to your online registration form.

    Many thanks to our dinner sponsor: 


    Sponsors






    For sponsorship information, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

    • 13 Jun 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Bar West, 5811 Grove Avenue, Richmond
    Register


    Join us for an evening of networking at Bar West.  Drinks, snacks, and exciting raffle prizes provided by our sponsor, Planet Depos.  For an extra raffle ticket, bring a colleague who is not yet a VADA member. 

    The event is free, but registration is requested.

    • 23 Oct 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • 25 Oct 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Kingsmill Resort, 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

    NEW LOCATION


    Kingsmill Resort
    Williamsburg

    Registration and information coming summer 2024.

    SPONSORS

    Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for sponsorship information.

    • 29 Oct 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Webinar sponsored by VADA & VTLA
    Register

    Further information coming soon.


    • 06 Dec 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Drive Shack, 1647 Four Rings Drive, Henrico, VA 23233
    Register


    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 2023, so attend again and don't miss the networking reception and golfing fun at the end of our program. 

    Draft Agenda

    Coming Soon.

    Registration

    The registration fee is $300 and includes all CLEs, lunch, and networking reception and golfing fun. New members joining VADA will have their first-year membership fee waived for 2025.  First membership bill will be sent January 2026.  Cancellations accepted until November 21.  Substitutions welcome anytime.

    We do not have a block of hotel rooms reserved for this event, but there are numerous hotel options nearby. 

    Meeting Sponsors


            

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

    • 07 May 2025
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 May 2025
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hotel 24 South, 24 S. Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
    Register


    Join us for our annual specialized litigation sections training.

    Further information coming in 2025.


    For sponsorship information, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

    • 22 Oct 2025
    • 6:00 PM
    • 24 Oct 2025
    • 1:00 PM
    • Marriott Resort Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Further information coming soon.

    SPONSORS

    Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for sponsorship information.

Past events

01 Dec 2023 2023 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
08 Nov 2023 Pediatric Life Care Planning and Earning Lunch & Learn
25 Oct 2023 2023 Annual Meeting
10 Oct 2023 Ethical and Civil Advocacy in Mediation Webinar
14 Sep 2023 Tidewater Region Networking Reception
14 Sep 2023 Lawyer Moms Lunch & Learn
23 Aug 2023 2023 Paralegal Seminar
15 Aug 2023 Nutrition Tips for Busy Attorneys Lunch & Learn
07 Jun 2023 Making Social Media Work for You
01 Jun 2023 Capitol Region Networking Reception
18 May 2023 Potomac Region Networking Reception
03 May 2023 2023 Spring Sections Seminar
19 Apr 2023 Southwest Region Networking Reception
03 Mar 2023 2023 Deposition Workshop
10 Jan 2023 Women's Section Informal Chat
02 Dec 2022 2022 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
12 Oct 2022 2022 Annual Meeting
28 Sep 2022 Potomac Region Networking Reception
09 Aug 2022 You Don't Need to Do It All Lunch & Learn
08 Aug 2022 2022 Paralegal Seminar
03 Aug 2022 Southwest Region Networking Reception
29 Jun 2022 Meet the Author Lunch & Learn
23 Jun 2022 Capitol Region Networking Reception
24 May 2022 Foundational Requirements for the Life Care Plan Lunch & Learn
04 May 2022 2022 Spring Sections Seminar
31 Mar 2022 Why Do Bad Things Happen to People In “Good” Cars?
18 Mar 2022 2022 Trial Tactics Workshop
28 Feb 2022 Productivity and Pandemic Practice Lunch & Learn
15 Feb 2022 Virtual Scavenger Hunt
12 Jan 2022 Utilizing Forensic Engineers Lunch & Learn
15 Dec 2021 Meet Your Executive Committee Lunch & Learn
03 Dec 2021 2021 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
30 Nov 2021 New Appellate Landscape Lunch & Learn
20 Oct 2021 2021 Annual Meeting
06 Oct 2021 Southwest Region Networking Reception
08 Sep 2021 Retaining, Developing, and Safely Navigating Expert Witness Testimony Lunch & Learn
25 Aug 2021 Memory Skills for Lawyers Lunch & Learn
28 Jul 2021 2021 Paralegal Seminar
21 Jul 2021 Biomechanics Lunch & Learn
23 Jun 2021 Balancing the Billable and the Non-Billable Lunch & Learn
19 May 2021 Of Courtiers and Princes Lunch & Learn
05 May 2021 2021 Spring Sections Seminar
14 Apr 2021 Through the Eyes of the Insured Lunch & Learn
17 Mar 2021 How to be a Valuable Asset to Your Firm Lunch & Learn
16 Mar 2021 Young Lawyers Virtual Social Hour
12 Mar 2021 Deposition Workshop
24 Feb 2021 Client Development and Client Maintenance: Thriving in the New Normal
16 Feb 2021 Virtual Scavenger Hunt
10 Feb 2021 Voir Dire Lunch & Learn
13 Jan 2021 How to Effectively Bill Your Time
15 Dec 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021 - Virtual Bingo
04 Dec 2020 2020 Young Lawyers Boot Camp WEBINAR
17 Nov 2020 Fall Webinar
14 Oct 2020 2020 Annual Meeting
15 Sep 2020 VADA Virtual Trivia Night
07 Aug 2020 2020 Advanced Expert Witness Workshop (NEW DATE)
01 Jul 2020 2020 Paralegal Seminar (Postponed to 2021)
03 Jun 2020 VADA Virtual Trivia Night
21 May 2020 Coronavirus and Insurance Coverage - What Attorneys Need to Know
20 May 2020 MOVED TO JUNE 3 - VADA Potomac Virtual Trivia Night
14 May 2020 2020 Spring Sections Seminar Webinar
13 May 2020 Mindfulness and Meditation for Pandemics and Skeptics
30 Apr 2020 Cloud Services: Avoid Security Pitfalls Without Compromising User Experience
23 Apr 2020 2020 Southwestern Region Virtual Happy Hour
22 Apr 2020 Working from Home in a Defense Practice
21 Apr 2020 CHAIR YOGA CLASS
16 Apr 2020 Remote Mediation and Arbitration
09 Apr 2020 COVID-19: Important Employment Issues for Your Firm
04 Apr 2020 VADA VTLA Joint Letter
19 Mar 2020 A Look At Remote Deposition Capabilities Webinar
27 Feb 2020 2020 Capitol Region VADA & ACC Networking Reception
13 Dec 2019 2019 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
02 Oct 2019 2019 Annual Meeting
10 Sep 2019 Tidewater Region Networking Reception - Rescheduled Date
05 Sep 2019 Tidewater Region Networking Reception
08 Aug 2019 Blue Ridge Region Networking Reception
07 Aug 2019 2019 Paralegal Seminar
21 May 2019 Southwest Region Networking Reception
16 May 2019 Potomac Region Networking Happy Hour
08 May 2019 Guest Speakers for 2019 Spring Sections Seminar
08 May 2019 2019 Spring Sections Seminar
15 Mar 2019 2019 Trial Tactics Workshop
06 Feb 2019 Capitol Region Networking Reception
07 Dec 2018 2018 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
10 Oct 2018 Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration
10 May 2018 2018 Spring Sections Seminar
16 Mar 2018 2018 Deposition Workshop

PAST WEBINARS

Many past meetings were recorded and can be found on the members-only area 
of our website here (login required).  


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