CLE and Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators Hockey: Effective and Ethical Resolution of Civil Litigation in Virginia

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Thursday, March 16 / The Verizon Center, Washington, DC (SOLD OUT)
Registration: 3:30 p.m.
Seminar: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Puck Drops: 7:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 1.0), PLUS attendees will receive a coupon for a free two-credit online seminar
of their choosing for a total of 4.0 credit hours.
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


This Experience CLE includes:

  • A two-hour, small-group seminar on civil litigation practice pointers and ethical considerations at trial and during mediation
  • A chance to watch the Washington Capitals battle the Nashville Predators from Club-level seats
  • An elaborate spread for dinner with beer, wine, and soft drinks in a private Club-level suite
  • 4 CLE Credits: Two live-interactive credits the day of the program (including 1.0 Ethics), plus a coupon for a free two-hour online seminar of your choosing

This program is sold out.

A Joint Program with The Virginia Bar Association

Join Virginia CLE® and The Virginia Bar Association at the Verizon Center to learn about ethical advocacy in civil litigation in the Center’s Board Room, and then enjoy an elaborate spread for dinner and refreshments in a CLUB LEVEL SUITE where you can watch the Washington Capitals take on the Nashville Predators.

The seminar will be presented in a small-group learning environment and is limited to 22 attendees.

This seminar combines the best of all worlds when it comes to honing your advocacy skills. Practical training from two prominent judges and a leading attorney in an intimate, workshop environment.

Topics include:

  • Common Virginia Litigation Myths Worth Debunking
  • Common Mistakes to Avoid
  • Effective Trial Strategies
  • How and When to Use Mediation to Resolve Disputes
  • Ethical Obligations as Officers of the Court
  • Ethical Obligations to Opposing Counsel at Trial
  • Ethical Obligations to Your Client at Trial
  • Ethics of Mediation
This program as offered at the Verizon Center is not available for discounts.



3:30 p.m. Registration
4:00 p.m. Civil Litigation Practice Pointers
5:00 p.m. Ethical Considerations at Trial and During Mediation (Ethics)
6:00 p.m. Adjourn to Suite for Food and Drink
7:00 p.m. Puck Drops!



David J. Gogal, Blankingship & Keith / Fairfax

David J. Gogal is a principal at Blankingship & Keith in Fairfax, where he has practiced since 1988 with a general civil litigation practice, including commercial, employment, real estate, and legal malpractice defense.

Mr. Gogal has been actively involved in bar activities throughout his career. He served as President of the Fairfax Bar Association, as Chair of the FBA Circuit Committee and a number of other FBA Committees, as well as Co-Editor of the Fairfax Circuit Court Practice Manual (2002, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2014 editions). More recently, he has served as a member of the VBA Civil Litigation Council and the Boyd Graves Conference. With respect to the Virginia State Bar, Mr. Gogal served: six years on the 5th District Disciplinary Committee, including terms as Vice Chair and Chair; six years on the Professionalism Committee, including a term as faculty on the Mandatory Professionalism Course, and more recently as a member of the Committee on Lawyer Discipline (“COLD”), currently serving as its Chair. Mr. Gogal also currently serves as a member of the Virginia State Bar Council, representing the 19th Circuit.

Mr. Gogal received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. From 1993 through 2006 and again from 2009 to 2016, he has returned each January to Charlottesville to serve as a faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Hon. Stanley P. Klein (Ret.), The McCammon Group / Richmond

Judge Klein became Senior Counsel at Blankingship & Keith, P.C. in September 2011 after serving almost 18 years as a judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. During his tenure on the bench, he served on the Judicial Conference of Virginia's Executive Committee, Probation and Parole Committee, and Rules Advisory Committee. He also served on the Boyd Graves Conference until his retirement from the bench.

Before his full-time appointment to the bench, Judge Klein had a broad-based practice in both civil and criminal law from 1975 to 1992. He was a Substitute Judge in the District Courts from 1983 to 1992 and also served as a Commissioner in Chancery for the Fairfax County Circuit Court for approximately 10 years.

Judge Klein was an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law from 1996 until 2013 and also has taught at the Washington College of Law at American University. He has been teaching Virginia judges at their New Judge Orientation Program since 2006 and has lectured on various topics at dozens of legal seminars in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Judge Klein received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.

He continues to serve as a neutral for The McCammon Group, conducting mediations and arbitrations.

Hon. Daniel E. Ortiz, 19th Judicial Circuit / Fairfax

Judge Ortiz began his legal career at the Fairfax County Circuit Court clerking for the Honorable M. Langhorne Keith. At the conclusion of his clerkship, Judge Ortiz entered private practice.

Prior to his service at the Court, Judge Ortiz was an active member in numerous bar related organizations. These include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Board of Governors of The Virginia Bar Association. He previously served as a Substitute Judge in the General District Court and Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court for five years.

Recently, Judge Ortiz was selected to serve on the Virginia Access to Justice Commission. He is a member of the faculty of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course.

Locations, Dates and Fees


$365 regular registration (fee includes the seminar, printed materials, and game admission to a private Club-level suite with food and beer, wine, and soft drinks).

$660 regular registration, plus guest ticket (includes seminar, printed materials and game admission for one person, plus an accompanying guest for game and suite admission only).

Note that parking is NOT provided as part of this seminar but is available at commercial lots in the vicinity. The Verizon Center is conveniently located near the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, which is on the Red Line, Yellow Line, and Green Line. Gallery Place/Chinatown is also only one stop from Metro Center on the Red Line, which services the Orange Line, Blue Line, and Silver Line.  For more information on parking and transportation options visit:   

Detailed information on where to meet and how tickets will be distributed will be sent to you in advance via e-mail.


Washington, DC / Thursday, March 16
The Verizon Center (Venue Website / Google Map)
601 F Street NW

Cancellations made after March 9, 2017 will incur a $285 cancellation fee (or $570 if you also registered with a guest ticket) for the cost of the game ticket and dinner. If we find a replacement purchaser, we will refund you the cancellation fee. There will be no refund for cancellation requests made after 5:00 p.m. the DAY BEFORE the program.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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