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Conquering the Mountains: New Paths to Win Your Case | VACDL's Fall 2019 Annual Meeting and CLE

  • 18 Oct 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Hotel Madison, 710 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801


  • Staff must accompany a VACDL member to the seminar; may not attend the seminar on attorney's behalf
  • *For Federal Public Defenders who are not VACDL Members * Join VACDL before registering for the seminar online and save $45 on the cost of tuition!
  • Extra discounts available for local attorneys! Email the Executive Director at for more information!
  • Must be a VACDL Virginia or Federal Public Defender member in good standing
  • Must be a VACDL member in good standing
    Please enter the code found in the Northern Virginia special edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly to receive this special discounted tuition rate.

This course is APPROVED for 6.5 CLE credits, including 1.5 ethics credits.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks are all included with the tuition fee.

The seminar fee increases by $25 for all registrations received after October 4, 2019.

All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing only, by email to, no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 15, 2019 to receive a full refund of the tuition less a $25 administrative fee
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VACDL's Fall 2019 Annual Meeting and CLE will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Hotel Madison (Shenandoah Valley Conference Center), 710 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Parking will be available in the Hotel Madison parking garage, at the Hotel's daily rate.

 On Thursday, October 17, 2019 the VACDL Board of Directors will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Dolley Madison Private Dining Room of the Hotel Madison. Immediately following, VACDL will host a cocktail and awards reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Appalachian Ballroom of the Hotel Madison. Please be sure to join us at the reception, as we will be presenting the VACDL Champion of Justice Award to Senator William M. Stanley, Jr., who will be making a special appearance at our event. We will also announce the winner of the B. Leigh Drewry, Jr. "Defender of Justice" Award during the reception.

 Breakfast for seminar attendees will be served beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019, and then VACDL's Annual Meeting will commence at 8:45 a.m. Our seminar will begin immediately after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. Lunch and coffee/snack breaks are also included in the registration fee, as well as a printed copy of the seminar materials. Supplemental materials provided by the speakers will be circulated via an electronic link after the seminar's conclusion.

  VACDL's Fall CLE is partially sponsored by the Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Smart Start, Inc.,  Lantagne Legal Printing, and Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

"Conquering the Mountains: New Paths to Win Your Case"

features the following presentations (in this order):

  Applying (or Distinguishing) New Case Law in Practice by Catherine French Zagurskie, Esq.

 Speed Round: Tips and Teasers for Pre-Trial Prep by Elliott Bender, Esq., Jean Humbrecht, Esq. and Blake Woloson, Esq.

  Mastering Juvenile Court Practice: Competency Issues, Creative Motions, Challenging Confessions, and What to Do When the Prosecution Wants to Try Your Client as an Adult by Professor Julie E. McConnell and Lisa W. Piper, Esq.

 Avoiding the Pitfalls and Moving Your Case through GDC by The Hon. William W. Eldridge, IV and H. Eugene Oliver, III, Esq.

 Brady Demystified: How to pair Brady and VRPC 3.8 to obtain the exculpatory evidence you need  by David M. Lee, Esq.

 Trial Outside the Box: Extraordinary Representation in Ordinary Cases a panel moderated by Shawn Stout, Esq. featuring the Hon. Claire Cardwell, the Hon. Kimberly Irving, Deborah Caldwell-Bono, Esq. and John Zwerling, Esq.


If you have any questions about VACDL or the Fall CLE, please contact VACDL's Executive Director, Danielle Payne, at

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