Bench Bar Conference 2019

Bench-Bar Conference 2019


The Richmond Metropolitan Area Local and Specialty Bar Associations present the 28th Annual Bench Bar Conference on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

Cost: $100.00 – fee includes admission to luncheon ($110 after 10/04/19)
Special rate for lawyers practicing less than 6 years – $80.00 ($90 after 10/04/19)
Public sector attorney $80 ($90 after 10/04/19)



2019-10-24 08:00:00
2019-10-24 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 – “Reaching and Finalizing an Enforceable Settlement”
      • The diverse panel, consisting of a federal magistrate judge, private mediator, and lawyer, will discuss best practices in preparing for and attending a settlement conference or mediation, negotiation strategies, and common release or settlement agreement provisions. The panelists will also suggest recommendations for avoiding a breakdown between the time of an “agreement in principle” and the final execution of a release.
      • Panelists: Hon. Roderick C. Young, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of VA; Mark E. Rubin, The McCammon Group, Ltd.; Christopher M. Malone, ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.
      • Moderator: T. Michael Blanks, Jr., Coates & Davenport, P.C.

    • Criminal Practice – “Do I have to be Civil? Handling forfeiture, expungement, restoration of rights, and other civil matters that arise in criminal cases.”
      • Panelists will speak about how criminal practitioners can and should handle petitions for expungement, asset forfeiture, driver’s license restoration, firearm rights restoration, protective orders, removal from the sex offender registry, and other civil matters that are often encountered in district and Circuit Courts.
      • Panelists: Hon. L.A. Harris, Jr., Henrico Circuit Court; Hon. D. Eugene Cheek, Richmond General District Court; Benjamin H. Garrison, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Chesterfield County; Paula R. Bernstein Hough, BernsteinHough, P.C.; Randy Rollins, President, Drive to Work
      • Moderator: Hon. W. Reilly Marchant, Richmond Circuit Court


    • Juvenile Domestic Relations Practice:“Addressing the Issues of LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency, Parity and Inconsistency”
      • Gender identity, gender nonconformity, sexual orientation, choice of pronouns, unemancipated LGBTQ+ minors, and how our laws impact/apply to them are issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, the lawyers who represent them, and the judiciary who hear their issues. Join us for a discussion of these timely issues and what we can do to help address.
      • Panelists: Hon. Jayne A. Pemberton, Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Hon. Brice E. Lambert, Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Claire G. Gastanaga, ACLU of Virginia; Colleen M. Quinn, Lock & Quinn; Ted Lewis, Executive Director, Side by Side
      • Moderator: Dawn B. DeBoer, DeBoer South, PLLC
    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 – “Data Privacy and Security: Attorneys’ Ethical and Practical Obligations in a High-Tech World”
      • The panel will discuss the changing landscape of attorneys’ duties to clients and the Court created by rapid advances in technology. The panelists will provide guidance and advice on issues ranging from social media to eDiscovery to data breaches..
      • Panelists: Joyvan Malbon-Griffin, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance; Darius K. Davenport, Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C.; Leslie A.T. Haley, Park Haley LLP; Michael Yager, Woods Rogers PLC

    • Criminal Practice – “ What’s New in 4th Amendment Law”
      • Panelists in this session will discuss recent Court opinions, pending cases, and trends in 4th Amendment jurisprudence. Topics to be discussed will include the narrowing of the exclusionary rule, the expansion of “good faith” and practical tips for litigation 4th Amendment issues.
      • Panelist: Steven D. Benjamin and Betty Layne DesPortes, Benjamin & DesPortes; Hon. David B. Caddell, Jr., General District Court, Fifteenth Judicial District
      • Moderator: Michael S. Huberman, Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Henrico County


    • Juvenile and Domestic Relations Practice: – “Child Support: Understanding the “Family Law Life After The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”
      • One of the most impactful provisions of this new law is the removal of the income tax implications of an award of spousal support. How do, and how should, lawyers and judges handle spousal support issues now?
      • Panelists: Hon. David E. Johnson Chesterfield Circuit Court; Hon. Richard S. Wallerstein, Jr., Henrico Circuit Court; Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl, P.C.; Robert R. Raymond, CPA, Robert R. Raymond & Associations, LLP
      • Moderator: Irene C. Delcamp, Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
    12:30 – 1:45 – Richmond Bar Association Luncheon – remarks by Clint Van Zandt, former FBI Criminal Profiler and Hostage Negotiator and well-known media commentator (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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