The Rocket Docket: Trying Cases in the Eastern District of Virginia

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Wednesday, December 5 / Richmond
Live on Site: Thursday, December 6 / Alexandria (now at Holiday Inn Alexandria - Carlyle)
Live Telephone: Wednesday, December 5
Live Telephone: Thursday, December 6
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:55 a.m. - 1:25 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 4.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


Topics Covered Include:

It’s called “The Rocket Docket” for a reason!

  • Understand the rules applicable in the Eastern 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—a $150 value!

This long-running seminar is a must-attend event for any attorney practicing in the Eastern District of Virginia. At this interactive program, you will hear directly from the judges that 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 Eastern 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 Eastern 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!

HANDBOOK OPTIONS—The Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (upcoming 2019 edition)—a $150 value—will serve as the course materials. At the live on-site seminar, you can choose the handbook in print or electronic form. Electronic materials are completely searchable. Telephone seminar participants will receive the downloadable electronic version only.

Combining the outstanding written materials used in previous seminars devoted to practice in the Eastern District and Western District into a single useful reference, Federal Civil Practice in Virginia is the go-to book for every attorney appearing in Virginia’s federal courts.

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COURSE SCHEDULE (Live and Phone)

8:30 On-Site Registration
8:55 Opening Remarks
9:00 Jurisdiction and Prefiling Considerations
Moderator: Lewis F. Powell, III (Richmond) / Sona Rewari (Alexandria)
9:55 Discovery
Moderator: Robert A. Angle (Richmond) / Mary C. Zinsner (Alexandria)
11:00 Break
11:20 Motions Practice
Moderator: Stephen E. Baril (Richmond) / W. Michael Holm (Alexandria)
12:25 Pretrial Matters and Trial Preparation
Moderator: Brian C. Riopelle (Richmond) / John D. Wilburn (Alexandria)
1:20 Concluding Remarks by Federal Judges
1:25 Adjourn

For the Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6 telephone seminars, you may e-mail your questions at any time to Questions may be addressed as the program progresses. 




Hon. Theresa C. Buchanan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Henry Coke Morgan Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Norfolk
Hon. Liam O’Grady, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria


Hon. John A. Gibney, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond


Robert A. Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP / Richmond
Stephen E. Baril, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank PLC  / Richmond
W. Michael Holm, LeClairRyan / Alexandria
Lewis F. Powell III, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP / Richmond
Sona Rewari, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP / Washington, DC
Brian C. Riopelle, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond
John D. Wilburn, McGuireWoods LLP / Tysons
Mary C. Zinsner, Troutman Sanders LLP / Tysons

Locations, Dates and Fees


$295 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2019 ed.)).
$310 on-site registration (if space is available) (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (2019 ed.)).


$295 regular registration (includes the e-book version of Federal Practice in Virginia (2019 ed.)).


RICHMOND / Wednesday, December 5
Hilton Richmond Downtown (Venue Website / Google Map)
501 East Broad Street
(804) 344-4300

ALEXANDRIA / Thursday, December 6
Holiday Inn Alexandria—Carlyle (Venue Website / Google Map)
2460 Eisenhower Avenue
(703) 960-2000

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A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.


Seminar materials for the telephone seminar are available only as a downloadable e-book (PDF). Prior to the seminar, all registrants will receive an e-mail with an embedded link to a web page from which you may download the seminar materials.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  Telephone seminar registrants will, however, be charged $150 for the handbook if they cancel or transfer their registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

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.

Every person who seeks MCLE credit for a Virginia CLE® telephone seminar must register separately and pay the registration fee.

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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