Class Descriptions

“Let’s Talk Tech – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Tips to Enhance Your Practice While Avoiding Internet Blunders & Ethical Dilemmas”

Back by popular demand, our experts from Last year’s very successful “Let’s Talk Tech” are returning with all new sessions, including two hours of ethics credit.  In today’s fast-paced world, putting technology to work for you is a necessity.  This program will instruct attorneys on how to avoid a myriad of pitfalls when using the internet.  As an added bonus, attendees will learn about budget-saving technology and tech tips to benefit their clients and law practices.

Faculty:  James M. McCauley (Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar); Kellam T. Parks (Member, Parks Zeigler, PLLC, Virginia Beach); Charles B. Molster, III (The Law Offices of Charles B. Molster, III PLLC, Washington, D.C.); Sharon D. Nelson (President, Sensei Enterprises Inc.); John Simek (Vice-President, Sensei Etnerprises, Inc.)

DATE:  Monday, September 26, 2016
TIME:  8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
LOCATION:  3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 E. Main Street
COST:  $150 for members ($160 after September 19, 2016)
MCLE Credit:  This program is expected to be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 4.0 hours of credit, including 2.0 hours of Ethics Credit.
No refunds after September 19, 2016

8:30 a.m.   Networking Coffee

9:00 a.m.   How Not to be Stupid on the Internet – Kellam T. Parks, Charles B. Molster and James M. McCauley.
Go beyond surfing the ‘Net and learn about legal ethics in the digital age including marketing, advertising, social media, and communications with witnesses, represented parties, judge and jurors in an informative and entertaining program. This recently updated version was originally presented to a standing room only audience at the 2014 and 2015 Virginia Bar Association’s annual Meetings. (PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who attended this seminar at either the 2015 or 2016 VBA Annual Meeting is not eligible to receive MCLE credit for this portion of the program.)

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.   Break

11:15 a.m.   Budget Friendly Legal Tech – Sharon D. Nelson and John Simek
Find the “sweet spot” – in budge and in quality – that serves your tech needs. Topics include case management, time and billing, document management, Microsoft Office, Office 365, PDF, security suites, e-mail encryption, hard drive encryption, secure cloud computing, laptops, tables, smartphones and a host of other technology needed in today’s law firm. Some, if it is even free, but virtually all of it can be obtained at a reasonable price.

12:15 p.m.   60 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes – Kellam T. Parks, James M. McCauley, Sharon D. Nelson and John Simek
Tech tip #1: Always looking for an outlet when you travel? Running out of juice? We’ll show you how to carry power with you? You don’t want to miss tips 2-60!

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“Negotiating Your Way Out of a Paper Bag: Strategies for Successful Outcomes in Settlements and Negotiations”

All attorneys negotiate regularly – with opposing counsel, with colleagues, with their clients, and even with judges, mediators, and arbitrators. But few have had formal negotiation training, and, despite this lack of training, attorneys spend little time thinking about how they actually negotiate and what steps they could take to improve their negotiation outcomes. This session will address topics such as negotiation styles, the stages of the negotiation process, effective verbal and non-verbal communication, strategies for gathering information from clients, using value creation for successful negotiations, and more. Speakers for the program include: Jack W. “JB” Burtch, Esq. of Burtch Law PLLC; Belinda D. Jones, Esq. of Christian & Barton, LLP and Wyatt A Deal, Esq. of Hunton & Williams, LLP.

DATE:  Tuesday, September 27, 2016
TIME:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $75 for members ($85 after September 20) $150 for non-members ($160 after September 20)
MCLE Credit:  This program is expected to be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 2.0 hours of credit
No refunds after September 20 2016

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“Juror No. 3, You are Excused.  Tips and Strategies to Select a Favorable Jury Panel”

Because the number of cases decided by a jury has dramatically decreased, so have the opportunities to develop and improve upon the skills and strategies involved in selecting a jury. At the same time, the tools available to assist attorneys in selecting the panel most favorable to their client’s position are more widespread than ever. The Honorable Walter W. Stout, III will offer his perspective from the bench, as well as suggestions for selecting an effective jury panel. Kevin T. Hadden, a person injury attorney with Marks &  Harrison will offer tips from the plaintiff’s side, while John R. Owen of Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman will offer defense strategies. Additionally, George Halasz of Halasz Reporting and Videoconference will speak regarding advances in technology available to assist in the jury selection process.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 11, 2016
TIME:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $75 for members ($85 after October 4) $150 for non-members ($160 after October 4)
MCLE Credit:  This program is expected to be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 2.0 hours of credit
No refunds after October 4, 2016

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“Beyond the Talking Heads on Television: The Intersection of Law and Politics”

With less than 3 months until the election, this seminar is designed to pull back the curtain and show how participation in the most basic of civil duties can expose individuals and companies to both civil and criminal liability. Topics will include political contributions, communications during election season; pay-to-play rules, lobbying & corporate political activity and sate and federal election and campaign finance laws. David A. Warrington, a partner in LeClairRyan’s Alexandria office, will be joined by another speaker to be determined.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
TIME:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $75 for members ($85 after October 12) $150 for non-members ($160 after October 12)
MCLE Credit:  This program is expected to be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 2.0 hours of credit
No refunds after October 12, 2016

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“Cyber Security and Wire Fraud: Ethical Implications”

This program will cover VA RPC Rules 1.1 Competence, 1.6 Confidentiality and 1.15 Safe Keeping of Property. Hypotheticals will be discussed illustrating how cyber security and wire fraud have direct implications with the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct and how this new threat can result in legal malpractice claims and ethics complaints. The speaker for the seminar is Thomas Auth, Regional Sales Director and Claim Attorney for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016
TIME:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $37.50 for members ($47.50 after October 18) $75 for non-members ( $85 after October 18)
MCLE Credit:  This program is expected to be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 1.0 hour of ethics credit
No refunds after October 18, 2016

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“Three Strikes and You’re ….? Legal Ethics for the Busy Practitioner”

Join Paul D. Georgiadis of the Law Office of Paul D. Georgiadis, PLC and former Ethics Counsel of the Virginia State Bar for a discussion of trending cases, causes, and strategies for staying in the game (and staying out of ethics trouble!)

DATE:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016
TIME:  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $37.50 for members ($47.50 after October 18) $75 for non-members ($85 after October 18)
MCLE Credit:  This program is expected to be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 1.0 hour of ethics credit
No refunds after October 18, 2016

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“Jimmy Did What?!: The Civil and Criminal Law Issues Facing Young Adults and What You Need to Know”

From cellphones and snap chat, to alcohol and insurance liability, this CLE will provide basic knowledge to all practitioners about some of the criminal and civil issues and relevant law regarding situations that frequently arise as children come of age and enter the real world. Confirmed speakers include:  Bill Dinkin of Stone, Cardwell & Dinkin, P.L.C.; Benjamin Rand of Blackburn, Conte, Schilling & Click, P.C.;  Robert Friedman of Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman, P.C. and Rand Robins of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP.

DATE:  Thursday, October 27, 2016
TIME:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  2nd Floor Conference Room, 707 E. Main Street
COST:  $75 for members ($85 after October 20) $150 for non-members ($160 after October 20)
MCLE Credit:  This program is expected to be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 2.0 hours credit
No refunds after October 20, 2016

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