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Register for the 2015 VBA Appellate Summit, which will be held at the offices of Troutman Sanders in Richmond.

When: 9/30/2015
9:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Troutman Sanders
1001 Haxall Point
Richmond, Virginia  23219
United States

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Programming Information

The VBA Appellate Summit is bound to be an informative event, thanks to its prestigious speakers and presenters, including a discussion featuring Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons of the Supreme Court of Virginia and Chief Judge Glen A. Huff of the Virginia Court of Appeals. The full agenda appears below.

The 2015 event is scheduled for Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the offices of Troutman Sanders in Richmond. This event does not come around every year, so be sure to register today!

Approval is pending for 6.5 (1 Ethics) MCLE Credits.

The cost of registration is $125 for VBA Appellate Practice Section members, and $175 for all other attendees.

We hope to see you in September!

Downloadable Agenda [PDF]

Register Today

Register online or by filling out the printable registration form and returning it to the VBA office by mail, fax or email.

Printable Registration Form [PDF]


The event is sponsored by the VBA Appellate Practice Section.


You will find a map at the bottom of this page.

VBA Appellate Practice resources

The VBA Online CLE catalog includes six recorded titles on appellate practice topics for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credit.




September 30, 2015
Offices of Troutman Sanders, Richmond, VA

8:30 AM                    Register

9:00 AM                    Welcome

9:05-9:30 AM          Legal Writing for Screen Readers

  • James J. O’Keeffe, IV, Esq.

9:30-10:10 AM        A Discussion with the Chiefs

  • Hon. Donald W. Lemons  
  • Hon. Glen A. Huff
  • Frank K. Friedman, Esq.

10:10-10:30 AM      Appellate Statistics You’ve Got to Know –Translated
                                      into English

  • L. Steven Emmert, Esq.

10:30-10:40 AM     Break

10:40-11:40 AM      The Anatomy of a Winning Brief

  • Hon. Stephen R. McCullough
  • William H. Hurd, Esq.
  • Alice T. Armstrong, Esq.
  • George A. Somerville, Esq.

11:40-12:20 PM       Tell Us What You Really Think

  • Hon. LeRoy F. Millette, Jr.
  • Hon. Water S. Felton, Jr.
  • Jeffrey M. Summers, Esq.

12:20-1:00 PM         Lunch – Box Lunch provided

1:00-1:45 PM            Seeking and Defending Certiorari in Washington

  • Nicole A. Saharsky, Esq.
  • Brian D. Schmalzbach, Esq.
  • Pratik A. Shah, Esq.
  • Hon. Patricia A. Millett


1:45-2:30 PM            What, When, How: Effective Motions Practice in the Appellate Court

  • Hon. Patricia L. Harrington
  • A. John Vollino, Esq.
  • Hon. Patricia S. Connor
  • Monica T. Monday, Esq.

2:30-2:40 PM            Break

2:40-3:30 PM            Persuasive Oral Argument

  • Hon. Roger L. Gregory
  • Hon. William C. Mims
  • Stuart A. Raphael, Esq.
  • Frank K. Friedman, Esq.

3:30-4:30 PM            Ethics in Appeals

  • Hon. Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr.
  • James McCauley, Esq.
  • Barbara A. Williams, Esq.
  • Erin B. Ashwell, Esq.


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