Bench Bar Conference 2018

Bench-Bar Conference 2018


The Richmond Metropolitan Area Local and Specialty Bar Associations present the 27th Annual Bench Bar Conference on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

Cost: $100.00 – fee includes admission to luncheon.
Special rate for lawyers practicing less than 6 years – $80.00




2018-10-25 08:00:00
2018-10-25 13:45:00
Bench-Bar Conference 2018
Bench-Bar Conference 2018
Omni Richmond Downtown
Sharon Potter


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 – “Experts: Becoming an Expert on Expert Depositions”
      • Our panel of experts will provide tips and insight that will assist practitioners in effectively taking and defending expert depositions across all fields of expertise. Harold Martin is the partner-in-charge of Keiter’s valuation and forensic services group, has been qualifying as an expert for decades, and will draw from his experience teaching other financial experts how to be effective in the litigation process. Dr. John McGee earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia, is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and he can provide firsthand insight into what makes some attorneys more effective than others during the deposition process. Robin P. Ayres and Jon Lucier will drive the conversation to specific topics and will translate the experts’ experiences into teachable themes and practices.
      • Panelists: Harold G. Martin, CPS/ABV/CFF, ASA, CFE, Keiter CPAs; John P. McGee, M.D. Riverside Orthopedic Specialists; Robyn P. Ayres, Goodman Allen Donnelly; Jonathan T. Lucier, Williams Mullen
      • Moderator: Hon. Lynn S. Brice, Chesterfield Circuit Court

    • Criminal Practice – “A Community Response to Human Trafficking”
      • This session will consist of each panelist giving a short presentation on his or her role in the criminal justice system and the human trafficking issues each confronts. Each panelist will cite statistics, current laws and case studies/scenarios showing how human trafficking affects the community and is able to go undetected. Panelists will also talk about ways to reveal and combat human trafficking locally.
      • Panelists: Michael Y. Feinmel, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office; Heather L. Hart,Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney Office, Eastern District of Virginia; Devika E. Davis, Devika E. Davis, P.C.; Maureen Moslow-Benway, Assistant Professor, VCU – L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
      • Moderator: Amy L. Austin, The Law Office of Amy L. Austin, PLLC


    • Juvenile Domestic Relations Practice:“Third Party Custody in Virginia: What the Judges Are Saying Now?”
      • This session will provide an overview of the case law and standards that are considered when third parties seek custody and visitation of a child. In addition, there will be a panel discussion by the local judges giving their views on evaluating third party custody and visitation cases.
      • Panelists: Hon. Shannon O. Hoehl, Hanover County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Hon. Randall G. Johnson, Jr., Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Hon. Edward A. Robbins, Jr., Chesterfield County Circuit Court; Hon. Jayne A. Pemberton, Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
      • Moderator: Melissa S. VanZile, Barnes & Diehl, 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 – “Social Media and the Law: Obtaining Information & Admitting It Into Evidence”
      • A panel of jurists and experienced practitioners will provide information and practical advice as it relates to the area of social media and the law. Panelists will explore various topics, including overcoming obstacles in obtaining information from social media, dealing with preservation issues, and common roadblocks in the process of getting information admitted into evidence. The panel will be moderated by a United States District Court Judge, and include a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge, civil litigation plaintiff’s counsel, and civil litigation defense counsel.
      • Panelists: Hon. Tanya Bullock, Virgina Beach Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court; Ryan T. Walker, Marks & Harrison; Laura Lee Miller, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
      • Moderator: Hon. John A. Gibney, Jr., U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia

    • Criminal Practice – “ Body Worn Cameras….Probative or Prejudicial?”
      • 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: Carolyn Naoroz, Body-Worn Camera Project Analyst at Richmond Police Department and a doctoral candidate at VCU in Public Policy and Administration; Brooke E. Pettit, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Richmond; Christopher Bradshaw, Bradshaw and O’Connor P.C.
      • Moderator: Hon. Bradley B. Cavedo, Richmond Circuit Court


    • Juvenile and Domestic Relations Practice: – “Child Support: Understanding the “New” Guidelines and Other Issues in Child Support Cases”
      • This program provides a primer on the new child support guidelines. The session will be led by Mitch Broudy, who helped create the new guidelines for mixed custody situations and includes a panel discussion regarding issues that commonly arise in child support cases.
      • Speaker: Mitchell D. Broudy, Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Eastern Virginia Regional Legal Division of Child Support Enforcement of Norfolk
      • Panelists: Hon. Frank G. Uvanni, Hanover County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Brian H. Jones, Barnes & Diehl; Alexandra “Sandra” D. Bowen, Bowen Ten Cardani; Nicholas S. Murphy, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Henrico Division of Child Support Enforcement
    12:30 – 1:45 – Richmond Bar Association Luncheon – featuring remarks by Robert J. Wagner, Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Richmond Division of the Federal Public Defenders office, Eastern District of Virginia (no CLE credits offered)

    (Sponsored by KLDiscovery)

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


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