Trying Cases in the Western District of Virginia

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Tuesday, December 1 / Roanoke
  Wednesday, December 2 / Staunton
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:55 a.m. - 1:25 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 4.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Live Telephone Option


Why Attend?

The counterpart to Virginia CLE®’s popular Rocket Docket program, here focusing on the Western District

  • Understand the rules applicable in the Western District
  • Learn best practices from experienced litigators
  • Hear what the judges want—and don’t want

This seminar is a must-attend event for any attorney practicing in the Western District of Virginia. At this interactive program, you will hear directly from the judges who try your cases, and from some of the area’s finest litigators, as they discuss all relevant aspects of federal trial practice. Throughout the seminar, panelists will offer insight and practice tips to help you achieve the optimum outcome for your clients. Highlighted clearly will be those rules and procedures unique to the Western District—those aspects that insiders know and follow, and that outsiders ignore at their grave peril.

Experienced attorneys, as well as new attorneys, will benefit from the opportunity to learn first-hand the strategies that are most successful when trying cases in this court. Ask any of your colleagues who have practiced in the Western District: it is too late to learn the court’s rules once a case starts; you have to know them now. Don’t miss this opportunity—it will be a morning well spent!


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COURSE SCHEDULE (December 1 and 2)

8:30 Registration
8:55 Opening Remarks
9:00 Jurisdiction and Prefiling Considerations
Moderator: Kai Memmer (Roanoke/Staunton)
10:00 Discovery
Moderator: Phil Anderson (Roanoke/Staunton)
11:00 Break
11:20 Motions Practice
Moderator: Rosalie Fessier (Roanoke) / Craig Wood (Staunton)
12:20 Pretrial Matters and Trial Preparation
Moderator: John Fishwick (Roanoke) / Ed Lowry (Staunton)
1:20 Concluding Remarks by Federal Judges
1:25 Adjourn




Hon. Robert Ballou, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Virginia / Roanoke
Hon. Glen E. Conrad, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia / Roanoke


Hon. Joel Hoppe, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia / Harrisonburg
Hon. Michael F. Urbanski, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia / Roanoke


Phillip V. Anderson, Frith Anderson & Peake, PC / Roanoke
Rosalie Pemberton Fessier, Esquire, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C. / Staunton
John P. Fishwick, LichtensteinFishwick PLC / Roanoke
Edward B. Lowry, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville
C. Kailani Memmer, Glenn Robinson & Cathey, PLC / Roanoke
R. Craig Wood, McGuire Woods, LLP / Charlottesville

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$195* regular registration (without printed materials).
$225 regular registration plus printed materials.
$240 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


ROANOKE / Tuesday, December 1
Roanoke Higher Education Center Venue Website / Google Map)
108 North Jefferson Street
(540) 767-6161

STAUNTON / Wednesday, December 2
Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center (Venue Website / Google Map)
24 South Market Street
(540) 885-4848

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Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. three business days before the seminar. A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar. Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $60 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

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