What Lawyers Learn (Often the Hard Way)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live Telephone: Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150 (includes e-book seminar materials only)

Live on Site: March 28 in Washington, D.C.


Why Attend?

  • Engage in a fun and interactive discussion designed to make you a better lawyer

During this fun and interactive program, two experienced practitioners, David Masterman and Julie Day, will lead you through an entertaining and informative session covering a wide range of practical tips and “lessons learned.” Come to learn and to participate in the discussion!

Their list of “Things Lawyers Learn (Often the Hard Way)” includes:

  • How to carefully screen and select your clients, and keep them happy
  • Ways to effectively turn down a case
  • Tips for bringing your clients to court
  • How to properly educate and empower your clients
  • Advice on discussing fees with clients
  • How to take care of and maintain an office staff
  • How to engage in effective case management and organization
  • The advantages of specialization
  • Maintaining your professional reputation with the Bar, your community, and your office
  • How to be a zealous advocate (without being a jerk!)
  • Why and how to find work/life balance in your career

Or, join us in person and pair the program with a Washington Capitals hockey game vs. New York Rangers! Click here to learn more.


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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5:00 What Lawyers Learn (Often the Hard Way)
6:45 Question-and-Answer Session
7:00 Adjourn



Julie Hottle Day,
Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, P.L.C. / Fairfax

With twenty-five years of experience in family law matters and small-business transactions and litigation, Julie Hottle Day brings a business sensibility to her divorce practice that benefits her clients in the short and long term. She and her team are known for their attention to detail and depth of preparation on behalf of their clients, whether engaging in litigation or alternative dispute resolution. Their focus is on resolving current issues to create solutions that will be of long-term benefit to clients and their family members.

An active member of the Virginia State Bar since 1991, Ms. Day is admitted also to the Maryland State Bar and to practice before the United States Supreme Court. With a Northern Virginia office located in Fairfax and a Piedmont Region office located in Warrenton, she has conducted litigation in the Virginia counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Culpeper, and Orange, as well as in the city of Alexandria. Ms. Day carries numerous professional distinctions, including being named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list as among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Virginia and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia; named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, carrying an AVTM rating from Martindale Hubbell, and appearing regularly on top lawyer lists in publications such as Washingtonian magazine, Virginia Business magazine, and Northern Virginia magazine. 

Ms. Day is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Family Law subsections of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the National Association of Woman Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the Fairfax County Bar Association, and is an associate member of the Fauquier Bar Association. A frequent public speaker, she addresses business and divorce issues as well as work-life balance for attorneys. She has appeared on CoParenting101.org as a guest interviewee commenting on divorce, and has published articles in Family Law News addressing issues pertaining to the handling of business assets in divorce matters.

David Masterman, Masterman Krogmann PC / McLean

David Masterman has practiced for over 30 years in Northern Virginia. He is admitted to the bars of Virginia’s state and federal courts, and to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. In the past, he has served as chair of the Family Law sections of the Arlington County Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Virginia State Bar. He served on the Board of Governors for the Family Law Section for six years, and on the Board of Governors of the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar.  In 2016, he became a member of the Board of Governors of the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar, where he serves as secretary.

Mr. Masterman frequently lectures to other family law attorneys at both basic and advanced family law seminars, with topics including equitable distribution, child custody, child relocation cases, trial strategies, discovery techniques, and case law updates.   He is also the author of a number of family law articles and materials used as resources by other attorneys, including Virginia CLE’s Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements.  Mr. Masterman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Grinnell College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Considered an outstanding litigation tactician and courtroom attorney, Mr. Masterman nevertheless emphasizes the importance of exploring settlement when possible. He is considered “mediation friendly” and is pleased to assist clients with that process. He also has significant
experience in preparing and presenting cases in the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Mr. Masterman carries the “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for skill and ethics, and is listed in its volume on pre-eminent attorneys in the United States. He has been recognized and listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been ranked as one of the top family lawyers by the Washingtonian and Washington Post magazines. He is listed in the Ten Leaders for Domestic Relations Attorneys for Northern Virginia. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Mr. Masterman practices in all aspects of family law, except adoption matters. He most commonly appears in the circuit courts of Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, and Arlington County, and Loudoun County, but also regularly represents parties in other Northern Virginia jurisdictions.

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