The Rocket Docket: Trying Cases in the Eastern District of Virginia

Live on Site: Wednesday, December 7 / Alexandria
Live on Site: Thursday, December 8 / Richmond
Live Telephone: Wednesday, December 7
Live Telephone: Thursday, December 8
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 (all dates, all formats)Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

It’s called “The Rocket Docket” for a reason!

  • Understand the rules applicable in the Eastern District
  • Learn best practices from experienced litigators
  • Hear what the judges want—and don’t want
  • An extraordinary set of written materials—Virginia CLE’s new Federal Civil Practice in Virginia—a $150 value!

This long-running seminar is a must-attend event for any attorney practicing in the Eastern District of Virginia. At this interactive program, you will hear directly from the judges that 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 Eastern 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 Eastern 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!

HANDBOOK OPTIONS—The upcoming Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2017 ed.)—a $150 value—will serve as the course materials. At the live on-site seminars or video replays, you can choose the handbook in print or electronic form. Electronic materials are completely searchable. Telephone seminar participants will receive the downloadable electronic version only.


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COURSE SCHEDULE (Live and Phone)

8:30 On-Site Registration
8:55 Opening Remarks
9:00 Jurisdiction and Prefiling Considerations
Moderator: Lewis F. Powell, III (Richmond) / Sona Rewari (Alexandria)
9:55 Discovery
Moderator: Robert A. Angle (Richmond) / Mary C. Zinsner (Alexandria)
11:00 Break
11:20 Motions Practice
Moderator: Stephen E. Baril (Richmond) / W. Michael Holm (Alexandria)
12:25 Pretrial Matters and Trial Preparation
Moderator: Brian C. Riopelle (Richmond) / Sean F. Murphy (Alexandria)
1:20 Concluding Remarks by Federal Judges
1:25 Adjourn

For the Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8 telephone seminars, you may e-mail your questions at any time to Questions may be addressed as the program progresses. 




Hon. Leonie M.  Brinkema, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Theresa C. Buchanan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Henry Coke Morgan Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Norfolk


Hon. John A.  Gibney, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Roderick C. Young, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond


Robert A. Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP / Richmond
Stephen E. Baril, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank PLC  / Richmond
W. Michael Holm, LeClairRyan / Alexandria
Sean F. Murphy, McGuireWoods LLP / Tysons Corner
Lewis F. Powell III, Hunton & Williams LLP / Richmond
Sona Rewari, Hunton & Williams LLP / McLean
Brian C. Riopelle, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond
Mary C. Zinsner, Troutman Sanders LLP / Tysons Corner

Locations, Dates and Fees


$275 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2017 ed.)).
$290 on-site registration (if space is available) (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2017 ed.)).


$275 (includes the electronic version of Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2017 ed.)).


ALEXANDRIA / Wednesday, December 7
Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (formerly the Radisson Hotel Old Town) (Venue Website / Google Map)
901 North Fairfax Street
(703) 683-6000

RICHMOND / Thursday, December 8
Omni Richmond Hotel (Venue Website / Google Map)
100 South 12th Street
(804) 344-7000

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Seminar materials for the telephone seminar are available only as a downloadable e-book (PDF). Prior to the seminar, all registrants will receive an e-mail with an embedded link to a web page from which you may download the seminar materials.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  Telephone seminar registrants will, however, be charged $150 for the handbook if they cancel or transfer their registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

MCLE Credit Caveat

The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance.  If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form.  A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

Every person who seeks MCLE credit for a Virginia CLE® telephone seminar must register separately and pay the registration fee.

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