Meetings and Events

VALS 2019 Convention

Fri, April 26, 2019 - Sun, April 28, 2019

57th Annual Convention
VALS … the association for legal professionals

The 2019 Convention, “VALS from Sea to Shining Sea,” and the 2019/2020 First Board of Governors Meeting will be held Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 5700 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451. Phone Reservations:  (757) 428-7025.

Deadline for reservations is March 30, 2019. The Convention officially begins on Friday, April 26, with legal education and concludes on Sunday, April 28, with the First Board of Governors Meeting for 2019/2020.

Registration for the legal education seminars begins Friday, April 26, at 8 a.m. followed by these excellent topics and speakers:

9 – 10:30 a.m.:  The Dark Web    
By: Robert Cochran – FBI and Darek Dabbs – Sera-Brynn

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Electoral College
By: Gary Potter

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Common legal problems faced by service members and ways the local legal community can help
By: Wenhong You

Friday’s optional Certification Luncheon (cost: $29.00) will be held from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Seminars continue for the afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Friday’s Welcome Party beginning at 6:30 p.m. will be a Western evening.  The General Assembly of VALS 57th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27.  Registration is from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. with Delegate check-in from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  There will be Exhibitors and Crafters present throughout the day.  An awards luncheon will be held from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. followed by the afternoon session of the General Assembly.  Saturday evening will be a Cotillion.  Dress in your party attire and enjoy the evening which will include the newly elected officers taking their oaths of office.  The convention will conclude on Sunday with a plated breakfast and the First Board of Governors Meeting for the year 2019/2020.

The full scrip ticket cost is $148 for VALS members and non-members.  Hotel reservations can be made directly with the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront by March 30, 2019.  The convention registration (check for scrip ticket) should be made payable to “VALS Convention 2019” and sent to Linda Thomas at 2554 Back Acres Road, Virginia Beach, VA  23454, postmarked by March 30, 2019 to avoid a late fee.

For more information on the seminars please contact Melinda Childress-Dearing, PP, PLS, Chair of VALS Legal Education Council at (540) 983-9434 or or  Information on membership in VALS is available upon request from Monica Guilliams, PP, VALS Vice President/Membership Chair at (540) 983-9461 or

Updated: Mar 25, 2019