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Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

MCLE Requirements

The Commonwealth of Virginia mandates 12 continuing legal education (CLE) hours, including 2 hours in ethics/professionalism and 4 hours from live programs.

  • MCLE completion deadline: Oct. 31, 2014
  • MCLE reporting deadline: Dec. 16, 2014
  • MCLE late filing deadline: Feb. 1, 2015

Failure to meet deadlines results in $100 fines.

Continuing Legal Education Programs

The Virginia Bar Association offers a wide variety of continuing legal educational programs to satisfy your MCLE credits. In 2014, so far, we've offered programming at our Annual Meeting, Spring Symposium, Bankruptcy Law Conference, Health Law Legislative Update and Summer Meeting. See below for a list of our upcoming programs or check out our CLE calendar.

MCLE Program Calendar

Online CLE

Unable to attend in person? No problem. The VBA offers all lawyers continuing legal education courses on demand through VBA Online CLE, written materials included. VBA members enjoy special discounts.

VBA Online CLE

Upcoming MCLE Programs

University of Richmond School of Law FREE Spring SymposiumOpen in a New Window

The Virginia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and nearly every top law firm in the country have made diversity and inclusion a top priority, and yet the law remains one of the least diverse professions out there. What are the factors and barriers to entry that keep the legal profession this way, and what can we do about it? This event will include both keynote and panel discussions featuring attorneys, academics, and members of the judiciary who identify as members of communities underrepresented in the legal profession, as well as those who work with marginalized populations as part of their practice area. Attendees will gain not only greater awareness of the unique experiences of their colleagues, they will also be given takeaways for how they can implement diversity strategies in their organizations.


PleaseRSVP online by April 12, 2018.

What to Expect

SESSION 1: The Business Case for Diversity

An experienced attorney and subject matter expert on matters of employment law, labor law, and human resource management, Ms. Michael will speak to diversity as a strategic business initiative. She will show how small firms can attract and retain top talent by creating and implementing successful diversity & inclusion initiatives, and the steps one needs to take to get support from senior leadership.

Speaker: Karen Michael, Esq. - President, Karen Michael PLC

SESSION 2: Panel Discussion A – Legal Professionals from Diverse Backgrounds

This panel will incorporate the personal experiences of lawyers who come from underrepresented populations (in terms of race, income level, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veterans status, etc.) who are traversing the legal landscape as members of the profession. Audiences will gain insight into the motivations that brought the speakers to the practice of law, and what they feel their unique perspectives allow them to contribute to their clients and their practice.


Michael HuYoung, Esq., Barnes & Diehl
Rudene Haynes, Esq., Hunton & Williams
Renu Brennan, Esq., Virginia State Bar
Grace Morse-McNeils, Esq., Sands Anderson

SESSION 3: Panel Discussion B – Advocating for the Underrepresented  

This panel will highlight the experiences of attorneys who work with marginalized and/or oppressed populations in their role as advocates. The panelists will speak to the unique challenges they face when serving clients from historically underrepresented populations and give insight into factors that make it more challenging (and fulfilling!) to bear up against systemic oppression within the legal framework.  


Paul Crane, Esq., Richmond Law Faculty, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney (District of Columbia)
Heidi Abbott, Esq., Hunton & Williams

SESSION 4: Overcoming Adversity and Lawyering with Authenticity

Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland was the first openly gay jurist elected by the Virginia General Assembly. Together with his husband of over twenty years, Richmond attorney Michael Thorne-Begland, Thorne-Begland will speak to the incredible journey that took him from coming out to his peers in his flight squadron to his politically-charged and expulsion from the U.S. Navy in 1995 under “don’t ask don’t tell” which led to a career as a successful prosecutor and eventually a judgeship in Virginia’s 13th General District Court, all while growing their family and Michael’s legal career as in-house counsel for Altria. The two legal powerhouses will speak to audiences about overcoming adversity, the importance of equal protection as a matter of the law, and the power that comes from living one’s life with integrity and authenticity.


Michael Thorne-Begland, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Altria
Hon. Tracy Thorne-Begland, 13th General District Court

MCLE Credit Hours: 4.0 Anticipated


20th Annual Virginia Health Law Legislative Update and ExtravaganzaOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

This conference is a presentation of The Virginia Bar Association Health Law Section in cooperation with the Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. Bookmark to stay up to date on conference details.

Parking information

Parking is available in the following locations:

Bank of America Deck
1111 East Main Street, (Enter On Cary St.)
Richmond, VA 23219
Daily Rate: $21

Shockoe Slip Garage
110 S. 13th St. (Enter on 12th St.)
Richmond, VA 23219
Daily Rate: $18

SunTrust Center- Richmond
919 E. Main St
Richmond, VA 23219
Daily Rate: $18


21st Annual Bankruptcy Law ConferenceOpen in a New Window

Book Your Room by April 27

Book your room by April 27, 2018! Rates begin at $209/night. Reserve by calling 757-253-1703 and referencing The Virginia Bar Association.

Kingsmill Resort
1010 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

What to Expect

The VBA Bankruptcy Law Section, sponsor of the conference, anticipates that it will provide 4.0 MCLE Credit Hours (1.0 Ethics). Approval is pending. The event kicks off on Friday evening with a cocktail reception to welcome meeting attendees and guests. On Saturday, after a breakfast buffet, programming will take place until 12:30 p.m. A luncheon will follow.



VBA and non-VBA members can register online above, or by downloading the PDF below and sending it to the VBA office via mail, fax or email. PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM [PDF]

Registration includes the welcome reception Friday, Saturday breakfast and lunch, as well as programming for MCLE credit.


  • VBA Bankruptcy Section Members: $300
  • VBA Members: $335
  • Affiliated Bar Member: $350
  • Non-VBA Members: $395
  • Spouse/Guest Attending Saturday Luncheon: $40

The conference is open to all bankruptcy attorneys. VBA Bankruptcy Law Section members enjoy a discounted rate. VBA members do, too! If you are not a VBA member, it's never too late to join. Or join the section if you're already a VBA member.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship

All guests at Kingsmill will receive a daily pass to the LPGA Kingsmill Championship.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!



128th Summer MeetingOpen in a New Window

Please check back again nearer to the event, when we have more details to share.

If you are interested in information about sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising in conjunction with the 128th Summer Meeting, please contact the VBA at or by calling 804-644-0041. If Virginia attorneys are part or all of your target market, this is a great way to connect with legal professionals across Virginia.


48th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawOpen in a New Window

The Labor Relations and Employment Law Section of the VBA presents its 48th Annual Conference, taking place September 13-15, 2018, in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Please check back as we get closer to the conference for more information and event details. 

Book Your Room By August 30, 2018

Rates start at $159/night. Reserve a room online by using the Group Code AVB18913 or by calling 1-833-564-0200 and referencing The Virginia Bar Association.

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
710 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801


Young Lawyers Fall MeetingOpen in a New Window

Watch for more details as we get closer to this event.


24th Annual Administrative Law ConferenceOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

The 24th Annual Administrative Law Conference is scheduled to be another fully packed day of MCLE programming. Beginning in the morning with pastries and coffee, the conference will feature a number of panels on relevant administrative law issues and topics. Lunch is provided to all attendees, and scheduled breaks provide opportunities to connect with fellow practitioners. 

Parking Information

Parking will be validated - park in the Troutman Sanders deck. Enter the building through the Parking/Delivery entrance and drive through the parking deck attendant/ticket booth gates. Continue up the parking ramp to levels P3-P6 and park in spaces marked for "Troutman Sanders Client Parking" or in any unreserved parking space. Take the parking elevator down to the Lobby level, then proceed to the office tower elevators up to the 15th floor. 


26th Annual Capital Defense WorkshopOpen in a New Window

This program, sponsored by the Criminal Law Section of The Virginia Bar Association, and financially assisted by the Virginia Law Foundation, is designed for criminal defense attorneys willing to accept appointment in capital cases. Part-time and full-time prosecutors may not attend the workshop, even though part of their practice may include court-appointed cases for criminal defendants.

Please check back for more information and event details as we get closer to the conference.

Hotel Information

Omni Richmond Hotel

Call 1-800-843-6664 by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018, for a special room rate of $169 a nightBe sure to identify yourself as being with the Capital Defense Workshop.

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