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Posted on: Jun 11, 2021

Congratulations to the VTLA members in the 2021 class of “Influential Women of Law,” presented by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. This program honors accomplished and high-achieving women who have improved the legal profession in the Commonwealth. The Class of 2021 will be honored during an online event July 20.

• Vicki L. Francois, Roanoke
• Christen C. Church, Roanoke
• Tracy A. Houck, Fredericksburg
• Erin E. Jewell, Newport News
• Bridget N. Long, Petersburg
• Elizabeth G. Perrow, Roanoke
• Melissa G. Ray, Woodbridge

 

Posted on: Jun 8, 2021

The month of June is recognized as Pride Month by the LGBTQ+ community in the United States and in numerous countries abroad. As part of the VTLA Diversity and Inclusion Alliance’s ongoing commitment to educating and empowering our members through diverse voices, we took some time this month to undertake a closer look at the history of Pride and the ongoing LGBTQ+ rights movement and actions you can take to continue your educational journey.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2021

As the world reopens, VTLA provides opportunities for members to gather safely for learning, laughing and sharing. Most recently, our Non-Economic Damages Retreat in Alexandria featured all of those elements! Thanks to our Chair Melissa Ray, reception sponsor Planet Depos  and all attendees who made the event a success.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2021

Beyond the Treating Physician: Unconventional Experts in the Automobile Case

This year's Advanced Auto Retreat will focus on experts you may need and you never even knew it! Attend to engage in confidential discussions about what is happening today in Virginia auto crash cases. Take a look at the full agenda and sign up to be a part of this special event.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2021

Join us in sitting around the virtual “campfire” to discuss the changes in General District Court practice

Pull up a chair/stump for our open Zoom meeting and let’s talk about the changes, strategies and scary stories about practicing in General District Court beginning July 1. Veteran GDC practitioners Rob Reed, Jan Hoen, Amy Bradley and Mark Dix join moderator Elliott Buckner in gathering ’round a crackling virtual Zoom fire - join us if you’re a plaintiff only member, won’t you? Don’t miss this informal and invaluable time together - and the best part? You won’t leave smelling like smoke. Sign up here!

Posted on: Jun 2, 2021

If you missed our Sovereign & Qualified Immunity webinar in May, the replay is now available! Virginia experts discussed the differences between these two timely topics, how they apply to police misconduct cases and more. View the webinar here. 2 CLE hours (still pending)

Additional Resources:

Qualified Immunity & State Legislative Reform in a Nutshell” is a handy synopsis you can download and keep nearby.

"Qualified Immunity - The Vibranium Shield of Constitutional Law" written by Isaac McBeth, Halperin Law Center, from the Civil Rights issue of The Journal last year.

 

Posted on: Jun 2, 2021

In a long-standing tradition, Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation presented our Trial Advocacy Award to a graduating student at each Virginia law school. The recipient, who is chosen by the school’s Dean and faculty, best exemplifies the attributes of an effective trial advocate, is dedicated to preserving the rights of individuals, and exhibits excellence in trial skills. 

The 2021 class includes:

• Appalachian School of Law: Shannon Adams
• George Mason University School of Law: John Mark Mastakas
• Liberty University School of Law: Desmond Rice   
• Regent University School of Law: Kyle C. Zimmermann
• University of Richmond School of Law: Dana Jean Rafferty
• University of Virginia School of Law: Anna Cox
• Washington and Lee University School of Law: Haley Christina Doss Santos

Congratulations! 

Posted on: Jun 2, 2021

Did you miss some of the convention presentations? If you were registered, you can view a recording of nearly every presentation now through our convention app! Just click through the agenda into each session to view the presentations.

Also, don’t forget to watch our extra educational videos available in the Video Library – great videos from Jason Konvicka & Lauren Ellerman are posted. All videos will be available until we prepare for 2022.

Just a reminder: these videos are not approved for CLE credit through this format; this is just to supplement your convention experience.

Posted on: May 13, 2021

On Tuesday, we held a great May Tort CLE about “Protecting Your Client’s Recovery.” Watch for recorded portions to be available soon! Pictured above is a great panel that discussed settlement options for clients to protect their recovery. Pictured L-R: Henry Strong, JMW Settlements; Anthony Prieto, Synergy Settlement Services; Karen Konvicka, Commonwealth Community Trust; Stephanie Grana, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner; Chidi James, Blankingship & Keith; and Gary Blankenship, Atlantic Settlements.

Posted on: May 12, 2021

Most of this year’s committees and sections are already assembled and doing lots of good work. This month, we’re giving a huge shoutout to the 17 members of our Judicial Relations Committee who, so far in 2021, have already evaluated more than 100 individuals for judicial vacancies in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court and the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Thank you for your extraordinary efforts!


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