Annual Military Law Symposium 2020: Serving Those Who Serve

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Friday, May 15 / Quantico
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


Why Attend?

  • Receive an overview of the Military Victims’ Legal Counsel / Special Victims’ Counsel Programs
  • Understand how recent changes have impacted how military retirements are handled in divorce cases
  • Learn how to effectively represent clients in the security clearance realm
  • Learn how routine and often benign civilian authority involvement can still negatively impact or end a military career

Plus receive an hour of required Ethics

  • Covering an annual ethics update focusing on responsibilities when leaving the firm (or the practice of law)

An annual seminar designed by the Military Law Section of the Virginia State Bar to highlight unique issues attorneys should know to professionally represent and assist current or former service members and their families

Specially held on Marine Corps Base Quantico

The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to one of the largest percentages of active duty and former military service members in the United States. Regardless of what type of law you practice, you eventually will encounter service members and their families as your clients. In this annual seminar, cosponsored with the Military Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, learn about some unique issues you need to know to professionally represent and assist these current or former service members and their families.

Comments from the 2019 seminar attendees:

“Very well done. The quality of content and speakers is always high, and the variety keeps things interesting.”

“Refreshing and informative.”

“Very enjoyable overall. Very informative.”

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8:00 Registration
8:30 Military Retirement in Divorce: A Unique and Different Creature
Peter J. Jankell

There have been a number of recent developments in both state and federal law that affect the way military retirement can come into play in a divorce case. It is imperative for any practitioner who is going to give advice on family law matters that involve military retirement to understand these developments.
9:30 Collateral Consequences of Routine and Benign Civilian Authority Involvement

This session will cover how routine and often benign civilian authority involvement can negatively impact or end a military career.  Dismissed or reduced charges, deferred judgements, frivolous civil complaints and even an unwarranted arrest can carry a toll on servicemembers once known to the chain of command. It is critically important for civilian attorneys to understand that a great result in the civilian sector may still carry negative consequences for servicemember clients.
10:30 Break
10:45 Overview of the Military Victims’ Legal Counsel / Special Victims’ Counsel Programs
Charlotte E. Cluverius

This session will provide an overview on the military VLC/SVC programs, which provide survivors of sexual offenses with legal support.  The overview will include a discussion on how these programs operate, who is eligible for services, and the rights of victims of a sexual offense in the military justice system. 
11:45 Lunch Recess (on your own). There are several options for lunch within a short walking distance.
12:45 Announcements / Awards
12:50 Representing Clients in the Security Clearance Process
John V. Berry

A comprehensive look at the security clearance process.  Topics covered include:  legal authorities; the different types of security clearances; how security clearances are obtained; the investigative process; interim clearance/suspension decision; administrative due process; common security clearance problems; strategies for revoked clearances; and differences in clearance decisions between different federal agencies. 
2:50 Break
3:00 Annual Ethics Update Focusing on Responsibilities When Leaving the Firm (or the Practice of Law)
Prescott L. Prince

This session will get you up to date with the latest changes to and new interpretations of existing ethics rules.  The course will also highlight the ethical duties when leaving a law firm or the practice of law, including the Duty to Communicate (RPC 1.4), the Duty of Confidentiality (RPC 1.6), and Restrictions on Right to Practice (RPC 5.6).
4:00 Adjourn



John V. Berry, Berry & Berry, PLLC / Reston
Charlotte E. Cluverius, Navy Victims' Legal Counsel Program / Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC
Daniel Conway, Gary Myers, Daniel Conway & Associates / Weare, NH
Peter J. Jankell, Jankell & Ireland, PC / Chesapeake
Prescott L. Prince, Virginia State Bar / Richmond


Prescott L. Prince, Virginia State Bar / Richmond

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included)

$189 regular registration (printed materials included).
$149* preregistering VSB Military Law Section member (printed materials included).
$209 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Military Law Section dues are only $20, so if you currently are not a member, join the section and then save when you register for this seminar!


QUANTICO / Friday, May 15
Horner Auditorium (Google Map / Map of Quantico - venue circled in brown)
General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center
2040 Broadway Street
(703) 784-2248

Important Driving Information: Non-military may need to show a driver’s license for entry onto Quantico, and may also need to show registration and proof of insurance. Please note that morning traffic can be backed up coming into the gates off either Exit 148 or 150. Additionally, traffic may be slowed on base in the mornings due to unit physical fitness training. Be very careful with the speed limits on base — they are slow and strictly enforced. Please allot plenty of extra time that morning.

Free parking is available directly across from the Gray Research Center.  For a map of Marine Corps Base Quantico, with the Gray Research Center marked, please follow

The seminar location is also within walking distance of the Quantico Amtrak station.

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.
A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar.

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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