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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


21st 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. Registration takes place at 11:45 a.m., with programming beginning at 12:05 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the program. A reception will follow at VBA on Main.

The conference is open to all attorneys. The VBA welcomes new members. Signing up is easy online. If you're already a VBA member, but not a member of the VBA Health Law Section, consider joining. Annual dues are $25.

Registration

VBA and non-VBA members can register online above, or download the PDF below and send it to the VBA office via mail, fax or email.

Fees:

  • VBA and Non-VBA Members
    By March 26: $100 After March 26: $110
  • Government Attorneys (VBA and Non-VBA Members)
    By March 26: $90 After March 26: $100

PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM [PDF]

Agenda

MCLE Credit: 4.0 (2.0 Ethics) Approved

AGENDA

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 South 13th Street (Enter on 12th St.)
Richmond, VA 23219
Daily Rate: $18

SunTrust Center - Richmond
919 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Daily Rate: $18

 

Young Lawyers Spring MeetingOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

The festivities for the Young Lawyers Spring Meeting will begin Friday night, with dinner in downtown Richmond at Kobe Japanese Steaks & Sushi, open to all young lawyers, law students and guests/spouses/children.

Formal programming will begin Saturday morning with a YLD members-only breakfast and business meeting, followed by CLE programming, an afternoon in Scott's Addition (Tang & Biscuit and Courthouse Creek Cider) and dinner at Pies & Pints, open to all young lawyers, law students and guests/spouses/children.

Agenda

MCLE Credits: 2.5 Anticipated

AGENDA

Registration

Registration for the Young Lawyers Spring Meeting is open. All young lawyers and law students are invited, including VBA members who have yet to get involved.

Fees

The registration fee is all inclusive and covers Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and business meeting (YLD members only), lunch, an afternoon in Scott's Addition and dinner.

  • VBA Members and
  • Affiliated Bar Members (Alexandria Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Virginia Chapter, Hill Tucker Bar Association, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Lynchburg Bar Association, Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, Old Dominion Bar Association, Prince William County Bar Association, Roanoke Bar Association)

       By April 12: $60 After April 12: $75

  • Non-VBA Members

       By April 12: $100 After April 12: $115 or FREE with new paid VBA membership

  • Non-lawyer spouse/guest

        By April 12: $40 After April 12: $50

  • Law School Student: $25
  • Children (ages 3+): $15

PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM [PDF]

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

   
   
   
 

 

 

 

 

Are Your Client Communications Colliding with Your Ethical Obligations?Open in a New Window

Electronic messaging has changed the efficiency on how you handle client communication, however, there are specifics you should know about how these communications can affect your ethical obligations.

Join Todd Sexton, a cybersecurity and data-handling expert, who will help you better understand the changing data handling regulations, cybersecurity threats and how they may affect the ethics around your client communications. "Are Your Client Communications Colliding with Your Ethical Obligations?" will investigate changing data handling regulations, trends from the legal community, and client needs and expectations.

Participants will come to understand the way cyber-crime could affect their practice and the most effective ways to protect themselves and their clients.

Speaker

Todd Sexton, MBA
Chief Executive Officer of Identillect

Registration and fee

This 60-minute presentation is available to VBA members at no charge. Registration is required.

Sign Up

 

22nd Annual Bankruptcy Law ConferenceOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

This year’s program will expand to 6.0 (1.0 Ethics) approved MCLE credits with five panels of experienced practitioners and bankruptcy judges. Topics include litigation opinions, expert witnesses, preparing, filing and prosecuting cases, appeals, and ethical issues in courtroom practice. 

The event kicks off on Thursday evening with a cocktail reception to welcome meeting attendees and guests. A golf outing is being planned at Kingsmill on Thursday afternoon. Please contact Patrick Keith for more information. On Friday, after a breakfast buffet, programming will take place until 12:15 p.m. A luncheon will follow, then programming will continue until 3:15 p.m.

AGENDA

Registration

VBA and non-VBA members can register online above, or download the PDF below and send it to the VBA office via mail, fax or email.

Fees:

  • VBA Bankruptcy Law Section Members
    By April 8: $325 After April 8: $340
  • VBA Members (Not Bankruptcy Law Section Members)
    By April 8: $360 After April 8: $375
  •  Affiliated Bar Members
    By April 8: $360 After April 8: $375
  • Non-VBA Members
    By April 8: $415 After April 8: $430

PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM [PDF]

Book Your Room By April 11

Guests can call the Kingsmill Resort reservations team at 757-253-1703 or 1-800-832-5665 to book their rooms. Please reference “The Virginia Bar Association – Bankruptcy Conference” for our group rate.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Gold

  • Sands Anderson PC
  • Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
  • Boleman Law Firm PC
  • Hirschler Fleischer

 

37th National Regulatory ConferenceOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

The 37th Annual National Regulatory Conference will take place from Thursday, May 16 through Friday, May 17, 2019 at the William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Honorable Bernard L. McNamee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will deliver the keynote address on Friday morning. Panel topics include generation subsidies and PJM, transportation electrification and energy storage, grid modernization, and an ethics program on confidentiality and disclosure duties. For more information, see the conference agenda below.
AGENDA

MCLE Credit: 7.5 (2.0 Ethics) Anticipated

Registration

VBA and non-VBA members can register online above, or download the PDF below and send it to the VBA office via mail, fax or email. Please note that payment by check is only available through the PDF below.

Fees:

  • VBA and Non-VBA Members: $275

PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM [PDF]

Book Your Room By April 19, 2019

The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn, available for check-in on Wednesday, May 15, and check-out by Saturday, May 18. Rates start at $99/night. Reserve a room online or by calling 1-757-253-9400 and referencing The National Regulatory Conference.

Hilton Garden Inn
1624 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

In the event that the Hilton Garden Inn is booked, the Hampton Inn & Suites also offers a rate of $99/night for attendees. Visit their website for more information.

Parking Information

Parking will be available for attendees on the William and Mary Campus. Drivers are asked to write their name and license plate information on the parking pass below and place it directly on the drivers' side dashboard facing outward.

PARKING PASS

 

Legal Writing WorkshopOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

The Virginia Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers, Virginia CLE and the American University Washington College of Law Legal Rhetoric Program are co-sponsoring this daylong workshop.

Are the legal writing classes you took back in law school the last writing training you experienced? Would you like an opportunity to study and improve your basic legal writing skills?

This workshop is an intensive legal writing course, facilitated by judges, legal rhetoric professors and experienced attorneys. While not an advanced writing course, this workshop will serve as a basic refresher and is designed to make you a better and more confident legal writer.

The workshop will provide classroom instruction as well as hands-on writing and editing experience for all participants.

Plus, attendees will have the option to attend a breakout session focused on either litigation or transactional practice.

MCLE Credits: 6.0 (1.0 Ethics) Approved

Registration 

Space is limited to 50 attendees. Register on the Virginia CLE website here or call 804-979-VCLE (8253).

Note that this program is discountable.

Fees

Registration, lunch and printed materials: $295

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m.   Registration

8:30 a.m.   Effective Writing Strategies

                       David H. Spratt and Heather E. Ridenour

  • This interactive opening session will cover basic grammar and writing strategies and act as the foundation for the entire workshop. Topics discussed will include the following: the language of the law; noun-pronoun agreement; avoiding misplaced modifiers; avoiding ambiguity; proper use of commas, colons, and semicolons; and sentence and paragraph construction.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Tailoring Your Writing to Your Recipients and Purpose

                        David H. Spratt and Heather E. Ridenour

  • This session will discuss the importance and necessity of thinking through a document before beginning to write it. It will cover planning strategies that allow legal writers to write any type of legal document and will help them as they convert one type of legal document to another, e.g., turning an internal office memo into a client letter and/or a trial court brief. This session will also cover specialized documents like e-mails.

11:30 a.m. Lunch (provided at the seminar)

11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Ethical Considerations and
                           Professionalism in Legal Writing

                      John M. Bredehoft and L. Steven Emmert

  • This lunch session will address the ethics implications of legal writing content and style. It will first focus on lawyers' possible duty to disclose bad facts and bad law, and then cover the ethics rules prohibiting false statements to the court and others. The session will then turn to legal writing style, including the difference between ethics and professionalism and the rules governing lawyers' criticism of judges.

12:45 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m.   Organization and Rule Synthesis (CREAC)

                      David H. Spratt and Heather E. Ridenour

  • This session will teach attendees how to effectively write a discussion or argument section of a memo using an organizational strategy called CREAC (Conclusion/Context, Rules of law, rule Explanation, rule Application, and Conclusion), which is a variation on the IRAC (Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion) formula most lawyers learned in law school.

1:45 p.m.   Small World

                       David H. Spratt and Heather E. Ridenour

  • This humorous and helpful session will reinforce organizational writing strategies, such as roadmaps and transitions. Concepts covered include the following: context paragraphs, headings and subheadings, roadmaps, umbrella sections, conclusion sections, and thesis sentences.

2:00 p.m.   Break

2:10 p.m.   Small-Group Sessions on Litigation or
                           Transactional Practice
                   (Attendees will choose which session to attend)

                       Program Faculty

  • In these sessions, held in different rooms and led by judges, practicing attorneys, and/or professors, attendees will receive practice tips and pointers from the group leaders and have the opportunity to ask specific questions concerning legal writing topics relevant to litigation or transactional practice, respectively.

3:25 p.m.   Break

3:40 p.m.   Oral and Written Advocacy Roundtable

                      Program Faculty

  • Program faculty will discuss the differences between oral and written advocacy and offer advice on how to effectively engage in each.

4:20 p.m.   Break

4:30 p.m.   Persuasive Writing Exercise (Jack and the Beanstalk)

                       David H. Spratt and Heather E. Ridenour

  • This highly interactive group exercise will teach attendees the importance of persuasive characterization and fact emphasis. Participants will be given a fact pattern, which they will need to read, and then will be broken into groups representing either Jack or the Giant. Groups will need to select facts that can be persuasively characterized and emphasized.  A full group discussion of how each side could have characterized and used the same facts persuasively will conclude the exercise.

5:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks: Promoting a Culture of Legal Writing                                        Excellence in Virginia 

                       Judge David W. Lannetti, Judge Mary Grace O'Brien

5:15 p.m.   Adjourn

Faculty

John M. Bredehoft, Kaufman & Canoles / Norfolk
Andrea L. Bridgeman
, Freddie Mac / McLean
L. Steven Emmert
, Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, P.C. / Virginia Beach
Hon. David W. Lannetti
, Norfolk Circuit Court / Norfolk
Hon. Mary Grace O'Brien
, Court of Appeals of Virginia / Manassas
Heather E. Ridenour
, American University Washington College of Law / Washington, D.C.
*David Spratt
, American University Washington College of Law / Washington, D.C.

* Course Planner

EVENT DETAILS [PDF]

 

129th Summer MeetingOpen in a New Window

Details to come when we get closer to this event.

Express Your Interest

Registration for this event is not yet open. Check back in the coming months for information on registration and hotel bookings. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Sponsorships, exhibitors, advertisers welcome

If you are interested in information about sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising in conjunction with the 129th Summer Meeting, please see the main page with links that refer to some of your options. Find Sponsorships under the ABOUT tab on the VBA website. Specific details about your potential involvement in the Summer Meeting will be linked as we get closer to the event. Or you can contact the VBA at thevba@vba.org 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.

Have you considered joining the VBA?

Non-VBA members are more than welcome to register for the meeting, but VBA members qualify for discounts. Join us and then register for the Summer Meeting. You'll be glad you did.

Programming information

Enhance your practice with a selection of MCLE presentations planned by many VBA sections. The statewide 129th Summer Meeting will take place in July at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. Plus, VBA meetings always include events for spouses or guests and children. Bring your family and join in on the fun.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The 129th Summer Meeting would not be possible without the following organizations:

Premier Meeting Sponsor: Virginia Barristers Alliance, Inc.
Pender & Coward, PC
SunTrust Bank, Legal Specialty, Private Wealth Management
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Blankingship & Keith, PC

 

49th Annual Conference on Labor and Employment LawOpen in a New Window

Book Your Room By August 13, 2019

Rates start at $229/night. Reserve a room online or by calling 1-877-509-8400 and referencing The Virginia Bar Association.

Lansdowne Resort and Spa
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Leesburg, VA 20176

Express Your Interest

Registration for this event is not yet open. Bookmark vba.org/19labor, and check back in the coming months for information on registration. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Another way you can express your interest is to join the VBA. Signing up online is easy. And for VBA members who want to add a section to their membership, doing so is easy too.

 

Mentorship RoundtableOpen in a New Window

Join the VBA Law Practice Management Division for a roundtable discussion on mentorship, particularly as it relates to supporting (i) diversity and inclusion and (ii) attorney wellness efforts at firms and companies with law departments. 

 Bookmark this page for more information as details become available. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Another way you can express your interest is to join the VBA. Signing up online is easy. And for VBA members who want to add a section to their membership, doing so is easy too.

 

21st Annual Corporate Counsel Fall ForumOpen in a New Window

Express Your Interest

Registration for this event is not yet open. Bookmark vba.org/19ccff, and check back in the coming months for information on registration. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Another way you can express your interest is to join the VBA. Signing up online is easy. And for VBA members who want to add a section to their membership, doing so is easy too.

 

Young Lawyers Fall MeetingOpen in a New Window

Express Your Interest

Registration for this event is not yet open. Bookmark vba.org/19yldfall, and check back in the coming months for information on registration. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Another way you can express your interest is to join the VBA. Signing up online is easy. And for VBA members who want to add a section to their membership, doing so is easy too.

 

15th Annual Virginia Health Care Practitioners' RoundtableOpen in a New Window

The Health Law Section of the VBA presents the 15th Annual Virginia Health Care Practitioners' Roundtable, taking place Oct. 24, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia.

Express Your Interest

Registration for this event is not yet open. Bookmark vba.org/19health, and check back in the coming months for information on registration. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Another way you can express your interest is to join the VBA. Signing up online is easy. And for VBA members who want to add a section to their membership, doing so is easy too.

 

30th Annual Virginia Tax Practitioners' RoundtableOpen in a New Window

What to Expect

The roundtable is one of the best opportunities of the year to connect with colleagues from across Virginia to discuss taxation issues. A hallmark of the roundtable is its discussions, instead of merely lectures. Please bring pending cases, problems, strategies, tactics, and issues from your own practice to share. The VBA Taxation Section looks forward to you joining them for great conversation and sharing.

Registration

Registration for the 30th Annual Tax Practitioners' Roundtable is not yet open. Bookmark this page for more information as details become available. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Another way you can express your interest is to join the VBA. Signing up online is easy. And for VBA members who want to add a section to their membership, doing so is easy too. 

 

 

25th Annual Administrative Law ConferenceOpen in a New Window

Express Your Interest

Registration for this event is not yet open. Bookmark vba.org/19admin, and check back in the coming months for information on registration. In the meantime, you can express your interest in receiving email updates as details become available.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Another way you can express your interest is to join the VBA. Signing up online is easy. And for VBA members who want to add a section to their membership, doing so is easy too.

 

130th Summer MeetingOpen in a New Window

Details to come when we get closer to this event.

If you are interested in information about sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising in conjunction with the 130th Summer Meeting, please contact the VBA at thevba@vba.org 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.

Have you considered joining the VBA?

Non-VBA members are more than welcome to register for the meeting, but VBA members qualify for discounts. Join us and then register for the Summer Meeting. You'll be glad you did.

 

131st Summer MeetingOpen in a New Window

Details to come when we get closer to this event.

If you are interested in information about sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising in conjunction with the 131st Summer Meeting, please contact the VBA at thevba@vba.org 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.

Have you considered joining the VBA?

Non-VBA members are more than welcome to register for the meeting, but VBA members qualify for discounts. Join us and then register for the Summer Meeting. You'll be glad you did.

 

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