2017 Annual Convention - The Greenbrier


Convention Chair: Derrick Walker, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, Richmond

Join your colleagues at The Greenbrier for VTLA's Annual Convention! Enjoy great speakers, great CLE - 12.75 hours available including 2 in ethics (pending), networking, sports tournaments and more! 

Register soon - Early Rates Expire March 7.

All Convention Registration Fees Cover: Seminars, great electronic materials, useful convention guide, Welcome Reception, Allen Party, all receptions, Banquet, and exhibits. Registration and Exhibit Hall open at 1:00 and the program kicks off at 3:00 on Thursday, March 30.

Agenda includes:

Thursday, March 30

  • Ethics Developments In Virginia James M. McCauley, Virginia State Bar, Richmond
  • Ethics: I Know I Should Do Pro Bono, I Want To, But I Don't Know Where To Start Wallace B. Wason Jr.(moderator), Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, PC, Newport News; Karl A. Doss, Virginia State Bar, Richmond; and John E. Whitfield, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc., Harrisonburg

Friday, March 31

  • What Inspires Lawyers To Do Great Work Bob Burke, Bob Burke Law, Oklahoma City
  • Understanding Your Audience: Presenting Your Case To Millenials Howard L. Nations, The Nations Law Firm, Houston
  • What We Are Learning About Protecting Your Verdict On Appeal in 2017 L. Steven Emmert, Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, PC, Virginia Beach
  • Offering Jury Instructions Outside The Virginia Model Jury Instructions William C. Harty, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC, Newport News
  • Supreme Court Panel Moderated by Mary Lynn Tate, TateLaw PC, Abingdon
  • Effectively Dealing With Difficult Witnesses And Clients Deborah Johnson, High-Stakes Communication, Arizona
  • Bankruptcy - How It Affects Family Law Cases Brian H. Jones, Barnes & Diehl PC, Richmond
  • Bankruptcy - How It Affects Personal Injury Cases Paul R. Hernandez, Kalfus & Nachman PC, Norfolk
  • Equal Pay: The Battle To End Compensation Discrimination For Women Lori E. Andrus, Andrus Anderson LLC, San Francisco
  • How Immigration Status Affects Court Access Lauren M. Ellerman, Frith & Ellerman, Roanoke
  • Uber's Expansion Into The Food Delivery Market And What It Means For You Elliott M. Buckner, Cantor, Stoneburner, Ford, Grana & Buckner, Richmond
  • Virginia Law Of Sanctions Kevin E. Martingayle, Bishoff Martingayle, Virginia Beach
  • Judges' Panel: Persuasive Pre-Trial Motions Moderated by Kyle McNew, Michie Hamlett, Charlottesville

Saturday, April 1

  • Case Law Update Stephanie Grana, Cantor, Stoneburner, Ford, Grana & Buckner, Richmond, and Thomas G. Smith, Shevlin Smith, Fairfax
  • iPad From The Office Through Trial Tad Thomas, Thomas Law Offices, Louisville
  • Amicus Curiae Update
  • The Law And Science Of Eyewitness Testimony In Criminal And Civil Cases, Professor Brandon L. Garrett, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Federal Law Update The Honorable A. Donald McEachin, 4th U.S. House District
  • Legislative Update
  • Womens Caucus Luncheon: Those Who Cannot Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It - Virginia Lawyers' Contributions To Gender Rights Philip J. Hirschkop, Hirschkop & Associates, PC, Lorton, and Director and Producer Nancy Buirski

Materials will be sent via email a few days prior to the convention start date. No printed materials are provided; a CD with all materials are provided in your packet received at registration check-in.

All CLE forms are included in the electronic materials provided via email and CD.



The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV

Reserve your rooms early! VTLA has a block of rooms reserved which expires February 27th.

Reserve online here

Or reserve by calling 855-923-7202. Be sure to mention VTLA when reserving your room to receive the special VTLA rates.

REMEMBER: VTLA rates INCLUDE breakfast and dinner for each night of your stay.

Cancellation Policy

Registration refunds, less a $50 administrative fee, will be given only if written request is received before March 23. No refunds will be given after that date.