Bench-Bar Conference 2022

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Bench-Bar Conference 2022

The Bench-Bar Conference is designed to promote discussion on issues of interest to judges and lawyers and provide an opportunity for each to offer their reactions and feedback. The format features breakout sessions allowing groups of judges and lawyers to actively discuss topics of interest in their individual areas of practice. Included in the cost of the conference is admission to the Richmond Bar luncheon and a continental breakfast reception with members of the judiciary.

Date: October 20, 2022
Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd Street, Richmond
Registration and Breakfast with the judges: 8:00 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Conference: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m

Cost: $140
Special rate for lawyers practicing less than 6 years – $120
Public sector attorney $120

This program has been approved by the VA MCLE Board for 3.0 hours of credit. CLE materials be e-mailed to attendees approximately one week prior to the conference.



8:00 – 8:55 a.m. – Registrations/Continental Breakfast Reception with the Judges (Sponsored by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company)

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Break-Out Sessions (1.5 hrs of MCLE credit)
9 a.m. Civil Session materials:
Litigating in a (Mostly) Post-Covid World

    State & Federal Civil Practice – “Litigating in a (Mostly) Post-Covid World”
    In this session, the panelists will discuss the various ways in which litigating has transformed over the past two and a half years and the lasting impacts that the global pandemic has had on Virginia courts. Specifically, the panelists will explore remote hearings and depositions, local court requirements, backlogged trial dockets, and specific types of cases that have been particularly impacted.
    Panelists: Hon. Jacqueline S. McClenney, Hon. Randall G. Johnson, Jr., Timothy G. Moore, Esq.
    Moderator: Hon. David E. Johnson

    Criminal Practice – “Navigating the Discovery Landscape”
    9 a.m. Criminal Session materials:
    Navigating the Discovery Landscape

      This session will include a discussion on how the new rules on discovery have been implemented, are being applied by the local courts and Commonwealth Attorney’s Offices, and specifically, how jurisdictions and local practitioners are handling electronic evidence.
      Panelists: Susan L. Parrish, Esq., Christopher M. Bradshaw, Esq.
      Moderator: Hon. M. Duncan Minton

      Domestic Relations Practice – “Oh the Places You’ll Go…But Which Place Has Jurisdiction?”
      9 a.m. J&D Session materials:
      Oh the Places You’ll Go

        What do you do when you get a custody or visitation case that involves multiple jurisdictions? This panel will examine jurisdictional issues under the UCCJEA, including practice and procedure for asserting and litigating jurisdictional issues.
        Panelists: Hon. D. Gregory Carr, Hon. Frank G. Uvanni, Robert I. Isaacs, Esq.
        Moderator: Tammy L. Sossei, Esq.

        10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
        10:45 – 12:15 p.m. – Break-Out Sessions (1.5 hrs of MCLE credit)
        State & Federal Civil Practice – “Pretrial Filings: Pointers Pitfalls”
        10:45 a.m. Civil Session materials:
        Pretrial Filings

          This session will cover litigation strategies leading up to trial, including deciding what pleadings to file and when, and how to handle discovery disputes. The panelists will also discuss the effective use of affidavits in support of certain pleadings.
          Panelists: Hon. Jacqueline S. McClenney, David C. Tait, Esq., Edward E. Bagnell, Jr., Esq.
          Moderator: Hon. Beverly W. Snukals

          Criminal Practice – “The 21st Century Trial”
          10:45 a.m. Criminal Session materials:
          The 21st Century Trial

            This session will include a discussion on the use of electronic evidence, namely cell phone records and location data, in a criminal trial. Panelists will discuss the preparation of such materials for trial, the use of demonstrative aids through technology and the rules of evidence surrounding cell phone date.
            Panelists: Joshua A. Boyles, Esq. Jeremy D’Errico, W. Edward Riley, IV, Esquire
            Moderator: Hon. W. Reilly Marchant

            Domestic Relations Practice – “Give Me All Your Documents: Finding a Cure to SDTs”
            10:45 a.m. J&D Session materials:
            Give Me All Your Documents: Finding a Cure to SDTs

              Where does the authority come from to issue subpoenas in a juvenile court case, and who has standing to move to quash? What are some of the potential traps attorneys may fall into? This panel will discuss issues of practice and procedure relating to sending subpoenas to third parties in cases in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts
              Panelists: Hon. Brice Lambert, Hon. J. David Rigler, Erik D. Baines, Esq.
              Moderator: Jessica Boutwell Beatty, Esq.

              12:30 – 1:45 Richmond Bar Association Luncheon – remarks by the Hon. Martin Clark, best-selling author of legal thrillers (no MCLE credit offered) (Sponsored by The McCammon Group)

              Special thanks to Sossei Law PC, sponsor of the signed copies of Judge Clark’s most recent novel, The Substitution Order, which will be raffled as a fundraiser to benefit Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.


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              2022-10-20 9:00:00
              2022-10-20 12:15:00
              Bench-Bar Conference
              Bench-Bar Conference
              Richmond Convention Center
              Sharon Potter