Essentials of Advocacy: An Advocate's Top 40, Plus a Special Online Benefit Concert

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, November 11: Seminar: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Concert: 4:00 pm ET
  • Online Benefit Concert Plus Optional CLE
MCLE Credit 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 1.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Registration Fee:

Concert only - $10 per household
Concert and CLE combined - $65                                  


Why Attend?

Virginia CLE®, in collaboration with the Nashville Songwriters Association International and our signature sponsor Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is pleased to continue our “concert plus CLE” series.

The 1-hour online CLE program is “Essentials of Advocacy: An Advocate's Top 40,” featuring Virginia Law Foundation Executive Director Ray White, on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. ET. Our ongoing concert series will follow at 4:00 p.m. ET, featuring Troubadour 77, the brainchild of award-winning singer-songwriters Anna Wilson and Monty Powell. Listen to Troubadour 77’s “American Revival” here.

Sponsored by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


Essentials of Advocacy: An Advocate's Top 40, featuring Virginia Law Foundation Executive Director Ray White.

This course is specially designed to give you 40 simple, time-tested tips to help build your advocacy skills for any courtroom proceeding. It will help get a newer attorney up to speed immediately, while also serving as a refresher – along with some new tips – for the experienced attorney.

Topics include:

  • P.L.A.C.E.S. (Professionalism, Likeability, Agility, Confidence, Enthusiasm/Passion, and Skills)
  • Fact Analysis
  • Opening
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross-Examination
  • Re-Direct and Re-Cross
  • Evidentiary Foundations
  • Summation


Troubadour 77, also referred to as T77, is an American duo featuring Anna Wilson (Piano/Lead Vocals) and Monty Powell (Guitar/Vocals), who are forging a sound and spirit that celebrates the tradition of the American troubadour. Their compelling performances are rich with raw and honest emotion, and their songs sing of social change, life, death, love, and redemption that play like musical love letters to their influences, the troubadours of the Laurel Canyon era.

Powell is a highly decorated songwriter, having been named SESAC’s Songwriter and Publisher of the Year, a recipient of the CMA Triple Play Award for penning three #1 songs in one calendar year, and three decades of other songwriting honors. Perhaps his most treasured accomplishment is “For You,” which he co-wrote with Keith Urban for the movie Act of Valor. The song topped the country chart, achieving Gold record sales status, and earned him Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.

In addition to his many chart-topping collaborations with Urban over the years, Powell has penned #1 hits for Tim McGraw, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio, Colin Raye, Brooks & Dunn, and his songs appear on over 60 million records. He has been recognized as the CMA Producer of the Year for his contribution to Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, produces Wilson’s recording projects, and is an artist in his own right, releasing his own solo record called 47 Minutes of Your Time.

For her part, Wilson is a critically acclaimed artist with a voice that Jazz Times likens to “crème de cocoa.” Her most recent solo project, Jazzbird/Songbird (Transfer Records), was released to rave reviews when the album broke into the top ten and reached #9 on iTunes. In addition, she has been hailed as the queen of the country-jazz duet with her critically acclaimed Countrypolitan Duets album that is a collaborative project featuring jazz renditions of classic country songs. She is joined on the project by Grammy award-winning and legendary artists Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Larry Carlton, Ray Price, Connie Smith, and more, and celebrated the album’s debut single “You Don’t Know Me” with American Idol’s Matt Giraud, reaching No. 1.

Additionally, alongside all of her many artist pursuits and accolades, Wilson is an award-winning ASCAP songwriter with songs on over 7 million RIAA certified albums, penning tunes for Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus, and others, and she wrote and performed the international theme song for Habitat for Humanity.

Cost for the CLE program and the online concert is $65. Cost for the online concert only is $10. And as always, the entire share of VACLE revenue will support Virginia Law Foundation grants made to underfunded law-related not-for-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth. 

Nashville Songwriters Association International  

Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and aspiring, for over 52 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. To join our dear friends at NSAI as a member, or simply for more information about all they do to make our world more special, please visit

Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Sensei Enterprises, Inc. is a nationally-known cybersecurity, managed IT services, and digital forensics firm, founded in 1997 by Sharon Nelson and John Simek. Sensei provides information technology to hundreds of businesses in the DC Metro area. Sensei provides digital forensics and managed cybersecurity services nationwide. Sharon D. Nelson is a practicing attorney and the president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. She is a past president of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Fairfax Law Foundation. She is a co-author of 18 books published by the ABA. snelson@senseient.comJohn W. Simek is vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Ethical Hacker and a nationally known expert in the area of digital forensics. He and Sharon provide legal technology, cybersecurity and digital forensics services from their Fairfax, Virginia firm.

Registration Deadline: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for this seminar the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests will be honored through midnight of NOVEMBER 8. Full refunds may be requested through NOVEMBER 15 if 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.


CONCERT AND CLE SCHEDULE ( November11) (Eastern Time)

3:00 Online CLE: Essentials of Advocacy: An Advocate's Top 40
4:00 Troubadour 77 Concert Begins!
5:00 Adjourn



Ray White / Virginia Law Foundation Executive Director / Charlottesville

Ray White began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Albany, NY, where he conducted numerous jury trials as a member of the Major Offense Prosecution Bureau and The Felony Trial Bureau. His practice career has also included FELA litigation, family law litigation, criminal defense, and appellate practice. Mr. White served as faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), teaching basic trial skills to attorneys at several hands-on training programs throughout the nation. He was also CLE faculty for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division’s Office of Attorneys for Children, the New York Public Welfare Attorneys Association, and the New York State Basic Prosecutors Training Program. Mr. White is a graduate of Duke University and Albany Law School of Union University, and is currently the Executive Director for the Virginia Law Foundation and Virginia CLE®.

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