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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

46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment LawOpen in a New Window

We hope you can join us in Richmond for the 46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law. This year's conference will be at the Omni Richmond Hotel. A total of 13 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.5 hours of Ethics are anticipated.

Register for the Conference

Register online above or by downloading the PDF below and mailing, faxing or emailing it to the VBA office.

Printable Registration Form [PDF]

What to Expect

This conference seeks to provide 13 MCLE credit hours, including 2.5 hours in Ethics. View the full agenda below.

Conference Agenda [PDF]

MCLE Programming Highlights:

  • Thursday afternoon Young Lawyers Division Seminar on avoiding the "Career Limiting Move"
  • "The State of the Union" featuring EEOC Commissioner, Victoria A. Lipnic
  • "Conducting a Successful Mediation" featuring The Honorable Douglas E. Miller and The Honorable Roderick C. Young
  • "Retaliation Cases to Watch" featuring The Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr.
  • TWO Ethics programs - Thursday evening and Saturday morning

Enjoy Yourself!

  • Thursday night boat cruises on Richmond's Kanawha Canal!
  • Friday night dine-arounds at some of Richmond's most popular downtown restaurants
  • Receptions on both Thursday and Friday night
  • Hospitality Suite on Thursday and Friday night (see registration form for sponsorship opportunities)

Hotel Accommodations

Call the Omni at 804-344-7000 and reference The Virginia Bar Association and the conference name to benefit from the $159 nightly rate. Although the room block cut-off date has passed, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis.


Young Lawyers Fall MeetingOpen in a New Window


Join the YLD for its revamped Fall Meeting at The Graduate hotel in Charlottesville on Oct. 8. We have planned a full day of programming that will feature 3.0 hr (1.5 ethics) CLE Credits (in advance of the Oct. 31 deadline), a YLD business meeting at which we'll discuss how you can get involved in our work, and an opportunity to network with fellow young lawyers from across Virginia. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick will serve as our luncheon keynote speaker.


Register online above or by downloading the PDF below and mailing, faxing or emailing it to the VBA office.

Printable Registration Form [PDF]


Not a VBA Member

Take advantage of signing up for the 15 for 12 months membership deal. Join today and get a waived YLD Fall Meeting registration! 

VBA Membership

Saturday Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: CLE #1 (Early Bird) – Ethics and the Young Lawyer; The Honorable Daniel E. Ortiz, Fairfax County Circuit Court
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: YLD Business Meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: CLE #2 – Mediation Tips for Young Lawyers; The Honorable B. Waugh Crigler,U.S. Magistrate Judge (ret.), Western District of Virginia
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Break
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Lunch, with featured speaker Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Break/Opportunity to review/sign up for YLD projects
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: CLE # 3 – Cybersecurity and the Internet of Everything; Monica McCaroll (Redgrave LLP) and Andrew B. Stockment (Lenhart Pettit)
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The Role of the Lawyer-Legislator; Panel discussion featuring invited members of the Virginia General Assembly and moderated by Jeff Palmore (Reed Smith), legislative counsel for the VBA
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.:   Reception, featuring panel members (open to attendees’ registered guests)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.:   Dinner (open to attendees’ registered guests)




White Collar Criminal Law ForumOpen in a New Window

Registration is now open for the White Collar Criminal Law Forum sponsored by the Criminal Law Section and the VBA Law School Council at the University of Richmond. 


Seating is limited in the Moot Court Room, so be sure to register early. Criminal Law Section members benefit from a discounted rate, and U of R law students can sign up free of charge! 

Register online following the link above, or by filling out the below PDF and sending it in to the VBA office.


What to Expect

We hope you will be able to join us for a half day, fully packed CLE Forum highlighting processes and updates in white-collar crime. A total of 4.5 (1 Ethics) hours of MCLE credit is anticipated. The Virginia Bar Association is an accredited MCLE sponsor through the Virginia State Bar.

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee and Pastries 
  • CLE Presentation by Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • CLE Presentation by John P. Fishwick, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia
  • Luncheon and Keynote CLE by Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
  • Featured panel speaker Michael Herring, Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond.
  • Ethics CLE following the luncheon will be by Tom Spahn of McGuireWoods LLP.

Event Flyer



18th Annual Corporate Counsel Fall ForumOpen in a New Window

Registration Open

Plan ahead and save. Early registration discounts continue until Sept. 23. Regardless of when you sign up, registration is discounted for VBA members and those who also are Corporate Counsel Section members. Register online above or by downloading the PDF below and mailing, faxing or emailing it to the VBA office. We hope you will join us at The Jefferson for a jam-packed day!

Printable Registration Form [PDF]

What to Expect

This conference is designed to make the most of your time outside of the office. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the conference opens with a continental breakfast, and concludes at 5 p.m. with a reception. Don't miss the midday luncheon and opportunity to network with fellow in-house counsel and corporate law professionals.

Tom Spahn returns to give his annual Ethics program, along with a variety of other must-see MCLE programs. The conference seeks to provide 7 hours of MCLE credit. View the complete agenda below.

Conference Agenda [PDF]

Parking Information

The hotel offers both valet and self parking services in a secure lot. Rates are $20 for valet and $12 for self parking.

Street parking can be found around the hotel on Main Street and Franklin Street. A public parking lot can be found at 200 W. Cary St.


Administrative Law Section Annual Fall Ethics CLEOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

This annual event, sponsored by the Administrative Law Section, is free of charge. Leslie A.T. Haley, of ParkHaley, LLC, and Marni E. Byrum, of McQuade Byrum PLLC, will present a 2 hour Ethics CLE program for a limited number of registrants. Be sure to sign up to receive conference updates below as they become available. This free event will fill up quickly. Look for registration to open in the coming weeks.


  • 3:00 p.m. - Ethics Presentation, 2.0 (2.0 Ethics) MCLE hours anticipated.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Reception at Southern Railway Taphouse (short walk from the SCC)

Social to follow

Join the VBA and VSB Administrative Law sections at Southern Railway Taphouse immediately following the CLE presentation. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Register for free at the link above.


12th Annual Virginia Health Care Practitioners' RoundtableOpen in a New Window

This annual seminar, sponsored by the Health Law Section, is an all-day conference held at the Troutman Sanders offices in Richmond. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast. Programming, which consists of six presentations, runs from 9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. The registration fee includes a boxed lunch.


Early registration discounts expire Oct. 14. Members of the VBA Health Law Section and the VBA always get a break on fees. Government, public sector attorneys and law students can attend for $60 if signing up before Oct. 14, or $70 afterward.

Register online above or by downloading the PDF below and mailing, faxing or emailing it to the VBA office.


What to Expect

This conference seeks to provide 6.5 MCLE Credits (1.0 Ethics). Topics include a Stark law update, Department of Justice False Claims Act investigations and Medicare reimbursement changes. View the full agenda below.

Conference Agenda [PDF]


27th Annual Tax Practitioners' RoundtableOpen in a New Window


Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Virginia Tax Practitioners' Roundtable. This annual conference is scheduled for Friday, October 28, at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Register online above, or by filling out the below PDF and mailing, faxing, or emailing it into the VBA office. Taxation section members will enjoy a discounted price!


What to Expect

The roundtable is one of the best opportunities of the year to discuss state and local taxes in Virginia.

A hallmark of the roundtable is that it is a discussion based and not merely lectures. Please come with any cases you have pending in your own practice, problems, questions, strategies, tactics, etc. We want to focus on making this a learning and sharing experience in this area of law.

View the complete conference agenda:

Roundtable Agenda [PDF]


  • MCLE Credits: 3.5 hrs (Approval Pending)
  • The Honorable Tamara W. Ashford will present on recent development in the U.S. Tax Court 
  • Lunch is included with your registration fee. 


22nd Annual Administrative Law ConferenceOpen in a New Window

Register Today

To register, follow the link above, or fill out the PDF form below and send it in to the VBA office. Save $20 by signing up before October 24. Public Sector members of the VBA can take advantage of a $100 flat rate. Seating is limited at the Capitol, so act quickly. 

Registration Form [PDF]

What to Expect

The 22nd Annual Administrative Law Conference is scheduled to be another fully packed day of MCLE programming. Beginning in the morning with pastries and plenty of 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. 

Programming highlights:


  • "Views from the Bench" featuring The Honorable Marla Graff Decker and The Honorable Wesley G. Russell, Jr.
  • Luncheon Keynote Address featuring Jeff E. Schapiro of The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A panel review of the impact of new Ethics Laws featuring Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan
  • An anticipated 6.0 (1.0 Ethics) hours of MCLE Credit.

Additional Information

Parking is available at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the 700 Centre. Both located just one block over from the Capitol, they provide the most convenient location. Be sure to enter the Capitol through the Bank Street entrance (10th St. and Bank St.). Security will direct you to Senate and House Room 3 once you have been screened.


24th Annual Capital Defense WorkshopOpen in a New Window

This program, sponsored by the Criminal Law Section of The Virginia Bar Association, 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.

Registration Open!

To register, fill out the PDF form, and send it in to the VBA office via mail, email or fax. 

Registration Form [PDF]

The Virginia Law Foundation provides financial assistance that allows this workshop to be presented with only a nominal charge to registrants to cover expenses over and above grant funding. 

Hotel Information

Conference attendees staying at the Richmond Omni can receive a reduced per night group rate of $159 by calling 804-344-7000 by Wednesday, November 2. Be sure to identify yourself as being with The Virginia Bar Association's Capital Defense Workshop.

Conference Agenda

This year's program seeks to provide 11 hours of MCLE credits, including 2 Ethics. Over the course of two days, attendees will hear notable speakers discuss pertinent cases and issues in Criminal Law.

The workshop provides the minimum of ten hours of specialized capital defense training, as required by § 19.2-163.8(B) of the Virginia Code. The conference begins Thursday with afternoon CLE programs. The conference continues on Friday for a full day of programming. Refreshments are provided throughout the two days, and attendees will receive a boxed lunch on Friday. View the full conference agenda below.


Downloadable Agenda[PDF]



127th Annual MeetingOpen in a New Window

2017 VBA Annual Meeting in WilliamsburgAdditional details will be added as information becomes available. You may wish to bookmark to make it easy to check back.

Sponsor, Exhibit, Advertise

Are Virginia attorneys a target market of yours? Encourage your firm or office and its vendors to promote their business to legal professionals across Virginia and support The Virginia Bar Association. Visit the overview page on, or take these links to go directly to the sponsorships, or exhibitors or advertisers pages.

Deadlines to expand your outreach will be here before you know it:

  • Submit sponsor requests by Nov. 1 to get the most mileage out of your support
  • Make exhibitor requests no later than Dec. 1
  • Reserve advertising space no later than Dec. 1

Act now for the best selection of sponsorships and the first choice of exhibitor table locations.

Twitter Hashtag

Social media can play a big role in broadening the reach of the VBA and its mission. Do you tweet? Tell your followers about the January meeting with the hashtag #vbaannual2017. Find the VBA on Twitter at @VaBarAssn.


127th Summer MeetingOpen in a New Window

Bookmark this page or to return when more details are available.

If you are interested in information about sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising in conjunction with the 127th Summer Meeting, please contact the VBA at 804-644-0041.

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