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The following list features much of the programming of the VBA Committee on Special Issues of National & State Importance over the years. Most of these presentations occurred at VBA Summer and Annual meetings.

 

The Art and Heart of Dying – Has Death Become Unnecessarily Difficult? Has the 21st Century Introduced a Different Intersection of the Legal, Medical and Ethical Implications of Dying?
Winter 2017
Moderator: Rev. George Conway

 

"The End of Greatness” – The Future of the American Presidency
Summer 2016
Moderator: The Hon. Gerald L. Baliles
Presenter: Aaron David Miller

 

Preventing Gun Violence and Suicide, Preserving the Right of Self Defense: The Search for Common Ground
Summer 2016
Moderator: Richard Bonnie
Presenter: Professor Jeffrey Swanson

 

A Cabinet on Leadership: Is there a Leadership Crisis? Is there a Leadership Failure of Our Profession as Citizen Lawyers? Is There a Leadership Age or Gender Gap?
Summer 2015
Presenters:

The Hon. John Charles Thomas, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
Lt. Gen. Josiah Bunting III, President of Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Eva Tieg Hardy, former Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Communications at Dominion Resources Inc.
W. Taylor Reveley IV, President of Longwood University

 

Magna Carta’s American Legacy
Winter 2015
Presenters:

Prof. A. E. Dick Howard of the University of Virginia
Prof. Risa L. Goluboff, University of Virginia
The Hon. Roger L. Gregory, U.S. Court of Appeals – Fourth Circuit
Stuart A. Raphael, Solicitor General of Virginia

 

The Next Phase of the Women’s Movement Must Be a Men’s Movement
Summer 2014
Moderator: Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America Foundation, Washington, DC
Presenters:

J. Edward Betts, Esq., Christian & Barton, LLP, Richmond
Deborah Epstein Henry, Esq., Author of Law & Reorder, Founder & President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, Ardmore, PA
Melvin White, The Law Offices of Melvin White, Washington, DC

 

What is the Enduring Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education?
Winter 2014
Moderator: The Hon. John Charles Thomas, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
Presenters:

Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Ph.D., Professor of History, Norfolk State University
Timothy L. Reid, Emmy-nominated actor, director and producer
James E. Ryan, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

 

‘That All Shall Be Free and Equal Before the Law’ — The Unfinished Work of the Legal and Ethical Extension of Access to Justice
Winter 2013
Moderator: John D. Epps, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
Presenters:

Robert M. Franklin Jr., Ph.D., President Emeritus, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
The Hon. S. Bernard Goodwyn, Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond
Alex R. Gulotta, Esq., Executive Director, Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville
Walfrido Martinez, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, New York, NY

 

The Earth Belongs Always to the Living Generation: The Constitution on Virginia — Past Present and Future
Winter 2012
Moderator: Prof. A. E. Dick Howard, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville
Presenters:

The Hon. Gerald L. Baliles, The Miller Center, Charlottesville
The Hon. Elizabeth B. Lacy, Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond
Phillip C. Stone, Stone Law Group, Harrisonburg

 

A New Vision for Advancing Cancer Care for All Virginians: Opportunities for Legal and Scientific Innovation
Winter 2012
Moderator: The Hon. John Charles Thomas, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
Presenters:

Dr. Cathy J. Bradley, Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
Dr. Michele Chesser, Joint Commission on Health Care, Richmond
Dr. Paula M. Fracasso, University of Virginia Cancer Center, Charlottesville
Prof. Margaret F. Riley, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville

 

Virginia is for Business ─ Can the Commonwealth Stay Ahead?
Summer 2011
Moderator: Bernard A. Niemeier, President and Publisher, Virginia Business, Richmond
Speakers:

The Hon. Whittington W. Clement, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor, Virginia Community College System, Richmond
Susan Horne, President and CEO, LEAD VIRGINIA, Richmond
The Hon. William C. Mims, Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond
Julien G. Patterson, President and CEO, OMNIPLEX World Services Corp., Chantilly

 

Keeping the Lights on in Virginia (and the Rest of the Country): What Will it Take?
Winter 2011
Moderator: Maureen R. Matson, Esq., Secretary of Natural Resources, Richmond
Panelists:

Stephen D. Busch, Esq., VBA President, McGuireWoods, LLP, Richmond
Thomas F. Farrell, II, Esq., Chairman and CEO, Dominion Resources Inc., Richmond
Michael J. Quillen, Chairman of the Board, Alpha Natural Resources LLC, Abingdon
Mike Petters, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News

 

Judging the “New” New Deal: The Constitution in Times of Economic Crisis
Winter 2010
Moderator: Rodney A. Smolla, Dean and R.L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Presenters:

William W. Van Alstyne, Lee Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School
Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, The George Washington University; Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic
Barry Cushman, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History, University of Virginia Law School

 

A Nation in Debt: Our Obligations to Servicemembers Returning from Combat — Iraq, Afghanistan and Beyond
Winter 2009
Moderator: Prof. Richard J. Bonnie, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville
Speakers:

Maj. Joseph C. Geraci III, Department of Behavioral Science & Leadership, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
Mark D. Matthews, Managing Attorney, Veterans Benefits Clinic, The Center for Legal and Court Technology, Williams & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg
Col. Elspeth C. Ritchie, M.D., MPH, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
Catherine A. Wilson, Executive Director, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Department of Veteran Services, Richmond
Warren Zinn, Photojournalist, Miami Beach, FL

 

Rights in the Balance: Individual Privacy vs. the Public’s Need to Know. Should Americans Lower Their Expectations?
Winter 2008
Speakers:

Dean Rodney A. Smolla, University of Richmond Law School, Richmond
Prof. Richard J. Bonnie, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Stuart S. Taylor Jr., Contributing Editor, Newsweek; Columnist, National Journal, Washington, DC

 

U.S. Supreme Court Review: October Term 2006
Summer 2007
Speaker: The Hon. Paul D. Clement, Solicitor General of the United States, Washington, DC

 

From Jamestown to Washington, DC - The Challenge of Immigration: What if the Native Americans had Built a Wall?
Winter 2007
Moderator: The Hon. Gerald L. Baliles
Speakers:

Prof. David A. Martin, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville
Deborah W. Meyers, Senior Policy Analyst and Director, MPI Internship Program, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC
The Hon. Michael L. O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Law Firm, Herndon

 

Dialogue on Constitutional Issues Involving the Judiciary: Judicial independence and the Preservation of Rights
Winter 2006
Moderator: Dean Rodney A. Smolla, University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond
Speakers:

The Hon. Robert H. Bork, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC
Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake Campaign, Washington, DC
The Hon. Robert B. Collings, National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Boston, MA
Prof. Michael Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor of Slate magazine

 

An Afternoon with Adriana Trigiani
Summer 2005 Books & Authors Program

 

What Do You Do When the Feds (Are About To) Arrive? White Collar and Political Cases
Winter 2005
Moderator: Howard C. Vick Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond
Speakers:

Robert W. Ray, Pitney Hardin, LLP, Morristown, NJ
Paul R. Thomson Jr., Woods Rogers PLC. Roanoke
James K. Vines, U.S. Attorney, Nashville, TN

 

Review of Major U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Form the Current Term
Summer 2004
Moderator: Prof. A. E. Dick Howard, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville
Speakers:

Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
Prof. Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern School of Law, Chicago, IL
Dean John C. Jefferies, Jr., University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville
Prof. Nadine Strossen, President of ACLU; New York Law School, New York, NY

 

Is the Wall Just Tumbling Down? The Separation of Church and State as 2004 Begins
Winter 2004
Moderator: The Hon. Robert E. Payne, Judge, US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond
Speakers:

David France, Author, New York, NY
Rev. Peter James Lee, Bishop of Virginia, The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Richmond
Jay Alan Sekulow, The American Center for Law and Justice, Virginia Beach
Dean Rodney A. Smolla, University of Richmond Law School, Richmond
Prof. William W. Van Alstyne, Duke University Law School, Durham, NC

 

The Drought Does Continue: Who Owns Virginia’s Water as We Face a National Problem?
Winter 2003
Moderator: David K. Paylor, Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Richmond
Speakers:

Robert G. Burnley, Director of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Richmond
Prof. William Cox, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
Frederick S. Fisher, Assistant Attorney General of Virginia, Roanoke

 

Building Without Mortar? The Intersection Now of Youth, Culture, Education and the Law
Summer 2002
Speakers:

Prof. Kenneth Abraham, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Rev. George E. Conway, Headmaster, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Charlottesville
The Hon. James H. Dillard III, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, Fairfax
Valerie Strauss, Staff Writer, The Washington Post, Washington, DC

 

The Promise and Peril of the New Genetics: The Intersection of Law, Public Policy and Bioethics
Winter 2002
Moderator: Paul Lombardo, Ph.D., J.D., Director, Program in Law and Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Speakers:

Thaddeus Kelly, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Genetics, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
Anthony E. Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent, Legal Times, Washington, DC
Prof. Maxwell J. Mehlman, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

 

Virginia’s Natural Landscapes: Lasting Legacy or Paradise Lost?
Summer 2001
Moderator: Katherine E. Slaughter, Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville
Speakers:

James A. Bacon, Publisher & Editor in Chief, Virginia Business, Richmond
Prof. Rich Collins, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Gary Johnson, Urban Studies and Planning Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
Prof. Steve Nash, University of Richmond, Richmond
Henry Richmond, American Land Use Institute, Portland, OR

 

2001: An Odyssey Into the Future. What Are the Critical Legal Issues for Us?
Winter 2001
Moderator: H. Lane Kneedler, Reed, Smith, Hazel & Thomas, LLP, Richmond
Speaker: Prof. James Dator, University of Hawaii Director, Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies
Reactor Panel:

William W. Berry, Richmond
Ann T. Burks, Ethyl Corp., Richmond
Rev. George E. Conway, Headmaster, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Charlottesville
The Hon. John O. March Jr., Winchester
The Hon. W. Tayloe Murphy Jr., Smith, Murphy and Taliaferro, Warsaw
The Hon. Sharon E. Pandak, Prince William County Attorney, Manassas

 

The American Jury-An Endangered Species?
Summer 2000
Moderator: Thomas C. Brown Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, McLean
Speakers:

Thomas E. Albro, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
Prof. Graham C. Lily, Tremblay & Smith, LLP, Charlottesville
G. Thomas Munsterman, National Center for State Courts, Arlington
The Hon. James R. Spencer, Judge, U.S. District Court-Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond
The Hon. Diane M. Strickland, Judge, Roanoke County Circuit Court, Salem

 

Liability, Security and Privacy: Examination of Problems Emerging from Reliance on Critical and Information Infrastructure
June 2000 – The Blair House, Washington, DC
Moderators:

The Hon. Gerald L. Baliles
John O. Marsh, former Secretary of the Army

 

The Emerging Threat of CyberCrime/CyberTerrorism: How Computer Clowns, Hackers and Terrorists Threaten Our Privacy, Security and Economy
Winter 2000
Moderator: Carole M. Agee, Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove, PLC, Roanoke
Speakers:

James Adams, CEO of Infrastructure Defense Inc.
James X. Dempsey, The Center for Democracy and Technology, Washington, DC
Jeffrey A. Hunker, Infrastructure Protection National Security Council, Washington, DC
Stevan D. Mitchell, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Reactor Panel:

Marshall M. Curtis, Whitman, Curtis & Whitham, Reston
Sharon E. Pandak, County Attorney, Prince William
F. Blair Wimbush, Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk

 

The New Standards of Learning and the Law: Worthy Goals or Unfair Results?
Summer 1999
Moderator: The Hon. W. Tayloe Murphy Jr., Member, Virginia House of Delegates; Smith, Murphy & Taliaferro, Warsaw
Speakers:

Rev. George E. Conway, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Charlottesville
The Hon. Kenneth R. Plum, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, Reston
Kirk T. Schroder, LeClairRyan, Richmond

 

Year 2000 and You: Debacle or Distraction?
Summer 1998
Moderator: The Hon. George Allen, former Governor of Virginia, McGuire, Woods, Battle & Booth, Richmond
Speakers:

Ann Couffou, Giga Information Group, Norwell, MA
The Hon. John H. Hager, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Richmond
Allan M. Heyward, Glen Allen
Amy T. Holt, Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Richmond
Dana McDaniel, Williams, Mullen, Christian & Dobbins, Richmond

 

Holy Wars? Church and State in America in 1998
Winter 1998
Moderator: The Hon. Robert E. Payne
Speakers:

James M. Dunn, Ph.D., Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, Washington, DC
James M. Henderson Sr., Senior Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice, Lawrenceville, GA
Dr. Jerry Falwell, Founder/Chancellor, Liberty University, Lynchburg
Prof. Rodney A. Smolla, William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg

 

Juvenile Justice: What Direction for Virginia – the Play Pen or the State Pen?
Winter 1996
Moderator: Lisa Lafata Powell, Freelance Journalist and Former Co-Anchor for WTVR Channel 6 News, Rockville
Panelists:

Richard Cullen, McGuire, Woods, Battle & Booth, Richmond
The Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, Norfolk
The Hon. Kimberly B. O’Donnell, Chief Judge, Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Richmond
Prof. Robert E. Shepherd, Jr., T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond
The Hon. Kenneth W. Stolle, Member, Virginia Senate, Virginia Beach

 

The O.J. Simpson Prosecution Experts – Insights and Observations
Summer 1995
Speaker: Dr. Allan H. Colman, Managing Partner, Decision Quest, Torrence, CA

 

Assisted Suicide – Is it Time for Legislation?
Summer 1994
Moderator: John C. Fletcher, Ph.D., The Center for Biomedical Ethics, Charlottesville
Speakers:

Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Family Practice and Philosophy; Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in Life Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Matthew D. Jenkins, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
Betty Rollin, NBC News Correspondent, New York, NY
Herbert W. Titus, J.D., Editor and Publisher, The Forecast, Virginia Beach

 

Can "Choice" Save American Education?
Summer 1992
Moderator: Robert L. Musick Jr., Williams, Mullen, Christian & Dobbins, Richmond
Speakers:

John J. English, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Albemarle County Schools, Charlottesville
Robley S. Jones, President, Virginia Education Association, Richmond
Jack Klenk, Acting Director, Center for Choice in Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
Cheryl G. Ragsdale, State Board of Education, Committee to Revise Personnel Contracts, Richmond

 

Why Isn’t Law Practice Fun Anymore and What Can We Do About it?
Winter 1992
Moderator: Douglas P. Rucker Jr., Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller, Richmond
Panelists:

Ronald L. Hirsch, American Bar Association, YLD
Gilbert L. Hoffer, Ph. D., President, PsyCor Inc., Ft. Washington, PA
Allison McKee, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond
Edward F. Shea Jr., Maryland Bar Association
Larry B. Sitton, North Carolina Bar Association

 

The Bill of Rights at 200 Years
Summer 1991
Panelists:

Prof. Melvin I. Urofsky, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
Prof. Jayne W. Barnard, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg
Prof. Okianer C. Dark, T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond
Lyle W. Denniston, Supreme Court Reporter, The Baltimore Sun, Washington, DC

 

What’s With Our Financial Institutions?  
Winter 1991
Moderator: Robert P. Black, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Richmond
Panelists:

Alfred J.T. Byrne, General Counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, DC
Randolph W. McElroy Jr., President, Sovran Bank, N.A., Richmond
Peter Wallison, Partner, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, Washington, DC
Harris Weinstein, Chief Counsel, Office of Thrift Supervision, Washington, DC

 

Gun Control: A New King of Arms Race?
Winter 1990
Moderator: George E. Conway
Panelists:

City of Richmond Chief of Police
Virginia State Sen. Moody E. Stallings
General Counsel for NRA

 

The Medical and Legal Implications of AIDS
Summer 1987
Moderator: David Craig Landin
Panelist: Director of Student Health, University of Virginia Medical Center

 

In Vitro Fertilization: Whither the Lawyers?
Winter 1984
Moderator: Margaret I. Lane, Assistant Dean, University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond
Panelists:

Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr., Director of In Vitro Fertilization Clinic, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk
Dr. Georgeanne S. Jones, Director of In Vitro Fertilization Clinic, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk
Dr. Louis W. Hodges, Professor of Bio-Ethics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington

 

(This listing may not include all programming before 1984.)

 

Death with Dignity
1974
Moderator: The Hon. Gerald Baliles

 

Governmental Invasion of Privacy
Winter 1973
Moderator: Hugh L. Patterson
Panelists:

Hope Eastman,  Assistant Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington, DC
Brian P. Gettings, United States Attorney-Eastern District of Virginia
Lawrence M. Baskir, Chief Council and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary

 

Matters of Life and Death – Medical progress and its challenges to the law in the areas of creating, prolonging and determining life
Winter 1972
Moderator: Prof. Walter J. Wadlington, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Panelists:

Prof. Joseph Fletcher, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Prof. Thomas H. Hunter, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Richard L. Williams, Esq.

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