Trying Cases in the Western District of Virginia

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live Telephone: Tuesday, December 1, 8:55 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. ET
Live Telephone: Wednesday, December 2, 8:55 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. ET
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 4.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $195

Live on Site: December 1 in Roanoke and December 2 in Staunton


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!


Registration Deadline:
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

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.

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COURSE SCHEDULE (December 1 and 2)

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
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.




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

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    Charlottesville, VA 22901


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