Annual Meeting

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Special Meetings and Events of the Virginia State Bar

Annual Meeting


Each of the CLE programs will feature a high-profile, dynamic topic with engaging speakers.

Download the 2021 speakers listView CLE schedule.


Monday, June 14

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks
Brian L. Buniva, President, Virginia State Bar, Richmond
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 100 Years After the Passage of the 19th Amendment Granting Women's Suffrage: How Far Have We Come and How Far Do We Still Have to Go?
Marni E. Byrum, McQuade Byrum PLLC, Alexandria
Hon. Mark D. Herring, Virginia Attorney General, Richmond
Professor Vivian E. Hamilton, William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg
10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. BREAK
10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. BREAKOUTS

The Evolution of Military Divorce
Peter J. Jankell, Jankell & Ireland, PC, Chesapeake

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Fact, Fiction and Opportunity
Dr. Joseph P. McMenamin, JD, MD
Dr. Vimal K. Mishra, MD
11:25 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. BREAK
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. BREAKOUTS

Interrupting Implicit Bias to Improve Mental Health in the Legal Profession
Margaret Hannapel Ogden, Wellness Coordinator, Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond
Barbara R. Mardigian, LPC, Deputy Clinical Director, VJLAP, Richmond

Mastering Your First (or Next) Evidentiary Hearing in the Digital Age
Anne G. Bibeau, Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk
Rachel W. Adams, ThompsonMcMullan, P.C., Richmond
Michael J. Quinan, ThompsonMcMullan, P.C., Richmond
Hon. A. Ann Berkebile, State Corporation Commission, Richmond
Hon. David A. Wright, former South Carolina PSC Commissioner
Hon. James P. Fisher, 20th Judicial Circuit Court, Leesburg
12:35 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Convicting the Innocent
Hon. Michael R. Doucette, Nelson County Circuit Court, Lovingston
Steven D. Benjamin, Benjamin & DesPortes, PC, Richmond
Betty Lanye Desportes, Benjamin & DesPortes, PC, Richmond
Prof. Jon B. Gould, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Marvin Anderson, Exoneree
2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. BREAK
2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Mandatory Monthly Trust Accounting - Balance is Key (1.0 hour ethics)
Jeannie P. Dahnk, Jeannie P. Dahnk, Esq., Fredericksburg
Hon. Kathleen M. Uston, Alexandria Circuit Court, Alexandria

Nailing Voir Dire, Special Verdicts and Instructions in Construction Jury Trials
Shelly L. Ewald, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar, & Fitzgerald, LLP, McLean
Daniel E. Toomey, The McCammon Group, Washington, D.C.
Hon. Randall D. Smith, The McCammon Group, Virginia Beach
Tara L. Chadbourn, ReavesColey, PLLC, Chesapeake
3:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. BREAK
3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. The Ethics of Law Firm Cybersecurity in a Work-From-Home World (1.0 hour ethics)
Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax
John Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. BINGO

Monday, June 14

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. State of the Bar Address
Brian L. Buniva, President, Virginia State Bar, Richmond
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Ethics in the New Normal of Lawyering (1.0 hour ethics)
Seth M. Guggenheim MVirginia State Bar, Washington
James M. McCauley Virginia State Bar, Richmond
10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. BREAK
10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Mentoring During and After the COVID Era: How to Set Up a Program and Make It Work
Jay B. Myerson, The Myerson Law Group, PC, Reston
Anita O. Poston, Vandeventer Black, LLP, Norfolk
Ra Hee Jeon, Pender & Coward, PC, Virginia Beach
Prof. Blake D. Morant, George Washington Law School, Arlington
Leslie A.T. Haley, Park Haley LLP, Richmond
Hon. Rossie D. Alston, Jr., US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
11:25 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. BREAK
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

You Say Cannabis, I Say Marijuana, Where Do We Start? A Lawyer’s 101 Introduction to Legal Possession and Sale (0.5 hour ethics)
Claire G. Gastanaga, former Director, ACLU, Richmond
Alexandra Ribe, Murray Osorio PLLC, Fairfax
Charniele L. Herring, Virginia House Majority Leader, Alexandria
Bradley R Haywood, Office of the Public Defender, Arlington        
Rachel Z. Ardanuy, RZA Legal, Denver, CO

12:35 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Attorney General Debate (non-CLE)
Dean Mark D. Martin, Regent School of Law, Virginia Beach, Moderator
Del. Jason Miyares, Republican Candidate, Virginia Beach
___________, Democratic Candidate,


9.5 hours live CLE (3.5 ethics) hours (pending)
Additional 3.0 hours (breakouts) available on-demand after June 30, 2021

Updated: June 2, 2021