CLE at Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm: Civility in the Practice of Law and the Influence of George Washington

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 3.0

Live on Site: Friday, May 12 / Historic Kenmore Plantation and George Washington’s Ferry Farm, Fredericksburg
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Seminar: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch & Tour of Ferry Farm: 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Trolley Tour: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., includes stop at local ice cream shop
Reception: 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 3.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


This Experience CLE includes:

  • A day immersed in legal education, history, and entertainment that is uniquely both Virginian and American
  • Three hours of ETHICS focused on the philosophical underpinnings and practical benefits of civility and the practice of law
  • An all-star faculty featuring Justice Stephen R. McCullough of the Virginia Supreme Court; Hon. Gordon F. Willis; Hon. Jere M.H. Willis, Jr., Retired; Hon. Victoria A.B. Willis; William E. Garner; and William E. Glover, Esq.
  • Two tours, lunch, a cocktail reception, and dinner
  • Guest tickets available

Presented in cooperation with the George Washington Foundation

Join us at Historic Kenmore Plantation and later at George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm, for a one-of-a-kind CLE experience that will transport you to a time and place where civility was a cherished and defining part of human interaction.

Historic Kenmore

Return with us to the roots of our profession, and indeed our country, with the goal of providing context to our professional lives and reminding ourselves what it means to be a Virginia lawyer. Being a lawyer should be one of the most revered professions. It is up to each and every one of us to make sure that law is consistently practiced with great skill, great passion, and the utmost civility.

Ferry FarmWe begin at Kenmore with a three-hour Ethics CLE focused on the philosophical underpinnings and practical benefits of civility and the practice of law taught by a group of uncommonly distinguished scholars, practitioners, and jurists. From there, we will be shuttled to Ferry Farm for lunch and a tour of Washington’s boyhood home. Next, a trolley tour of historic Fredericksburg, with a stop mid-way for a special treat from a local ice cream parlor. Finally, we return to Kenmore for a cocktail party and dinner. Guest tickets available!

Historic Fredericksburg

Topics include:

  • The current resurgence of interest in civility and its roots in our jurisprudence
  • George Washington and the cultural necessity of practiced civility
  • The development of ethics rules for the practice of law and the concept of professionalism
  • The power of civility in uncivil times: a multi-generational perspective

This program is not eligible for discounts. Tickets are limited.




8:30 Registration (Historic Kenmore Plantation)
9:00 Introduction: The Current Resurgence of Interest in Civility and Its Roots in Our Jurisprudence
William E. Glover
9:30 George Washington and the Cultural Necessity of Practiced Civility
William E. Garner

How George Washington was inculcated into the concept of “civil” behavior, the origin of his Rules, and the importance of civility to the leader of a “popular” revolution and a democratic new nation.
10:15 Break
10:30 The Development of Ethics Rules for the Practice of Law and the Concept of Professionalism
Justice Stephen R. McCullough

The evolution of ethics rules and ultimately professionalism as mandated aspects of practice in a rapidly democratizing profession.
11:30 The Power of Civility in Uncivil Times: A Multi-Generational Perspective from the Willis Family
Hon. Jere M.H. Willis, Jr., Hon. Victoria A.B. Willis,  Hon. Gordon F. Willis

A bench and bar perspective over fifty years.
12:15 Lunch and tour of Ferry Farm
2:30 Trolley tour of Historic Fredericksburg (includes stop at a local ice cream parlor)
4:45 Cocktail Reception at Historic Kenmore Plantation
6:00 Dinner at Historic Kenmore Plantation



Justice Stephen R. McCullough, Virginia Supreme Court
Hon. Gordon F. Willis, 15th Judicial Circuit of Virginia / Fredericksburg
Hon. Jere M.H. Willis, Jr., Retired
Hon. Victoria A.B. Willis, 15th Judicial Circuit of Virginia / Fredericksburg
William E. Garner, George Washington Foundation / Fredericksburg
William E. Glover, Esq., Glover & Dahnk / Fredericksburg

Locations, Dates and Fees


$295 regular registration (fee includes the seminar, printed materials, lunch at and tour of George Washington’s Ferry Farm; trolley tour of Historic Fredericksburg (with stop at local ice cream shop); cocktail reception and dinner at Historic Kenmore).

$490 regular registration, plus guest for the two tours, lunch, reception, and dinner.The Drawing Room at Historic Kenmore


Historic Kenmore Plantation (Venue Website / Google Map)
1201 Washington Ave
(540) 373-3381

Includes a tour of George Washington's Ferry Farm (Venue Website / Google Map) and a trolley tour of Historic Fredericksburg.


Cancellations made after May 1, 2017 will incur a $100 cancellation fee (or $200 if you also registered with a guest ticket). There will be no refund for cancellation requests made after 5:00 p.m. the DAY BEFORE the program.

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