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

Video on Site: Tuesday, January 10 / Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Norfolk, Richmond
  Wednesday, January 11 / Tysons, Williamsburg
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:55 a.m. - 1:25 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: December 7 in Alexandria, and December 8 in Richmond.


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 video replay, you can choose the handbook in print or electronic form. Electronic materials are completely searchable.


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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




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

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included).

$250 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2017 ed.)).
$265 on-site registration (if space is available) (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2017 ed.)).



Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Fredericksburg: Courtyard Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline Street (540) 373-8300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive; free parking in hotel garage) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Williamsburg: Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, 6945 Pocahontas Trail (757) 220-2250 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar. 

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