Bench Bar Conference 2017

Bench-Bar Conference 2017


The Richmond Metropolitan Area Local and Specialty Bar Associations present the 26th Annual Bench Bar Conference on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

Cost: $90.00 ($100 after October 6th) – fee includes admission to luncheon.
Special rate for lawyers practicing less than 6 years – $70.00 ($80.00 after October 6th)

2017-10-19 08:00:00
2017-10-19 13:45:00
Bench-Bar Conference 2017
Bench-Bar Conference 2017
Omni Richmond Downtown
Brittany Lamb


To print session materials please click on the link below the titles of each session.


Schedule below:

  • 8:00 – 8:55 a.m. – Registration/ Continental Breakfast Reception with Judges
    (Sponsored by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company)
  • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Break-Out Sessions (1.5 hrs of credit)
    • State and Federal Civil Practice – “Post Judgement: Best Practices and Recent Developments”
      • A panel of jurists and experienced practitioners will provide practical advice and collection basics for the general practitioner, as well as a review of recent developments in the law. Panelists will explore various topics including collection procedure, common roadblocks and pitfalls in the collection process, and must know case law in the area of creditor’s rights. Moderated by a general district court judge, these panelists will provide helpful strategies to better assist your non-collection clients with isolated collection matters as they arise.
      • Panelists: Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Sarah M. Saunders, Esq., Randolph, Boyd, Cherry and Vaughan; Robert B. McEntee, Jr., Office of the Attorney General; Mark C. Leffler, Esq., Boleman Law Firm, P.C
      • Moderator: Hon. Lawrence B. Cann, Richmond General District Court
    • Criminal Practice – Who’s That in the Jury Box? Maximizing the Jury Selection Process to Your Advantage
      • This session will address jury selection in the information-age, providing tips to counsel on impaneling a jury consistent with, and friendly to, your client’s interests. We will hear from lawyers on both sides of the aisle as well as a professional and published jury consultant.
      • Panelists: Dr. Jefferey T. Frederick, Ph.D., National Legal Research Group, Inc.; W. Edward Riley IV, Riley & Wells; John. F Childrey, Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
      • Moderator: Professor John Douglas, University of Richmond Law School
    • Juvenile Domestic Relations Practice:What Happens in Vegas, May Cost you in Court
      • A panel of judges will consider a series of hypothetical situations that frequently occur or may arise in spousal support cases. The judges will give opinions as to how they might rule in each factual situation, as well as the strong points of each side, and the weakness of each side. The panelists will focus on how each of the statutory factors applies to each situation, especially how judges are handling allegations of fault with the recent amendment allowing the court to consider fault in determining the amount of spousal support.
      • Panelists: Hon. Margaret W. Deglau, Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Hon. Catherine C. Hammond (Retired), Juridical Solutions, PLC; Hon. Edward A. Robbins, Jr., Chesterfield County Circuit Court; Hon. Richard S. Wallerstein, Jr.
      • Moderator: Player B. Michelsen, Esq.; Batzli Stiles Butler, P.C.
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Coffee Break
    (Sponsored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly)
  • 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. – Break-Out Session (1.5 hours of credit)
    • State and Federal Civil Practice Practical Considerations & Emerging Issues in Jury Research, Selection & Misconduct” 
      • A panel comprised of a jurist, law professor, experiences litigator and jury consultant will share their knowledge regarding some practical considerations in the jury selection process. The panelists will also discuss some emerging issues in the arena, including ethical considerations, the impact of social media in jury research and selection, and the effects of post-verdict discovery of jury misconduct. Highlighting some best practices, this panel will provide helpful information about jury research and the voir dire process.
      • Panelists: Professor Henry L. Chambers, University Of Richmond School of Law; Dr. Jefferey T. Frederick, Ph.D., Director, Jury Research Services Division; Malcolm “Mic” P. McConnell, III, Esq., Partner, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen
      • Moderator: Hon. Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
    • Criminal Practice – “ Get Me Out of Here – Effectively Addressing Bond Before the Court”
      • This session dives into the complexities of preparing for an effective bond hearing, including a review of the relevant statutory authority, best practices in preparation of evidence or proffers, and arguments that can sway the courts. Members of both defense and prosecutorial bars will be present, and the panel will also include a pretrial services officer and bail-bondsman to discuss effective tools to ensure success while on release to bond.
      • Panelists: Shannon L. Taylor, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney; Andrew Molloy, Jr., Chesterfield County Community Corrections Services; Randy B. Rowlett, Gordon Dodson Gordon Rowlett; Stokes McCune, Henrico Bail Bonding
      • Moderator: Hon. Thomas O. Bondurant, Jr.
    • Juvenile and Domestic Relations Practice: – How To Lose Your Reputation in 10 Days”
      • In a practice area where emotions run high, and where lawyers sometimes leave civility at home, a panel of judges will consider four skits that show the worst (and best) of lawyering in common domestic relations situations. The panel will give their thoughts on how judges react to certain behaviors and actions in such cases, tips on how to improve civility in trying your case, and other practice pointers to improve civility in domestic relations cases.
      • Panelists: Hon. Richard B. Campbell, Richmond City Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court; Hon. Frank G. Uvanni, Hanover County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and Hon. Lynn S. Brice, Chesterfield County Circuit Court
      • Moderator: Irene DeClamp, Esq., Barnes & Diehl
  • 12:30 – 1:45 – Richmond Bar Association Luncheon – featuring remarks by Mark L. Earley, former Attorney General of Virginia (no CLE credits offered)


A special thank you to Superior Document Services for providing Bench Bar Conference materials on flash drives for all registrants. 


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