Trying Cases in the Western District of Virginia (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $300 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2019


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the December 2017 live telephone seminar, Trying Cases in the Western District of Virginia.

This seminar is a must for any attorney practicing in the Western District of Virginia. 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 offer insight and practice tips to help you achieve the optimal 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.

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
  • An extraordinary set of written materials—Virginia CLE’s Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2017 edition)—a $150 value!



Jurisdiction and Prefiling Considerations
Moderator: John Davidson
Moderator: Rosalie Fessier

Motions Practice
Moderator: Craig Wood

Portability: 7 Years Later
William Sanderson
Pretrial Matters and Trial Preparation
Moderator: Jim Neale

Concluding Remarks by Federal Judges



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


John E. Davidson, Davidson and Kitzmann, PLC / Charlottesville
Rosalie Pemberton Fessier, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C. / Staunton
James F. Neale, McGuireWoods, LLP / Charlottesville
R. Craig Wood
, McGuireWoods, LLP / Charlottesville

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