Essentials of Depositions, Plus a Special Online Benefit Concert

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, February 24: Seminar: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Concert: 4:00 pm ET
  • Online Benefit Concert Plus Optional CLE
MCLE Credit 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Registration Fee:

Concert only - $10 per household
Concert and CLE combined - $99                                  


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 2-hour online CLE program is “Essentials of Depositions” featuring James F. Neale and M. Bryan Slaughter on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Our ongoing concert series will follow at 4:00 p.m. ET and will feature Lee Thomas Miller, a CMA and ACM award-winning songwriter. Listen to “In Color,” the Jamey Johnson #1 that Miller penned, and learn more about him below.

Sponsored by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


Essentials of Depositions, featuring James F. Neale and M. Bryan Slaughter.

It’s time for the deposition: are you ready to risk it to on-the-job training? More importantly, is your client ready to risk it?

Rather than merely reciting the applicable rules, our experienced speakers identify the important decisions you must make before, during, and after the deposition, and provide you with useful guidance and best practices at every stage. You’ll learn when you should—and shouldn’t—seek a deposition; how to conduct it effectively and efficiently; how to deal with difficult opposing counsel; and how to use the deposition to best effect at trial.

  • Learn, or re-learn, the basics
  • Establish habits that lead to success
  • Get tips and learn best practices from our experts

This program qualifies for our Trial Practice / Litigation Qualified Counselor and Qualified Master Counselor Designations. Learn more about these exciting new professional accreditations or to apply now.


Lee Thomas Miller is a CMA and ACM award-winning songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee and has penned chart-topping songs for Jamey Johnson, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, and others.

After earning his degree in Music Theory/Composition from Eastern Kentucky University where, along with classical composing and arranging, he studied classical violin, guitar, piano and voice, Lee moved to Nashville in 1991. He signed his first publishing deal in 1996 and has been on the radio virtually ever since.

To date, he has had 18 top 20 singles with seven reaching #1 and has earned 13 BMI radio performance awards. His songs have reached radio play in excess of 20 million spins. His accomplishments include three Grammy nominations, a Teen Choice Award, and four nominations for "Song of the Year" at major industry events.
He won both a CMA and an ACM award for Song of the Year with “In Color” as recorded by Jamey Johnson. “You’re Gonna Miss This” won Song of the Year at both the ASCAP and NSAI awards and single of the year at the CMA awards.

Lee has also been given four “Songs I Wish I Had Written” awards as voted on by the professional membership of NSAI. He has served as President of NSAI for five years and is still currently on their Legislative Committee, which travels to Washington, D.C. representing and lobbying for the rights of the American songwriter. He has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress and has spent countless hours with bureaucrats reaching from the department of justice to cabinet level officials to federal judges. In 2015 he was presented with BMI’s inaugural “Champions Award” for these legislative efforts.

Ultimately, all of this led to the passing of the federal Music Modernization Act changing the criteria for which songwriters are paid in the digital era. Lee was present in the West Wing with the President when he signed it into law.

On a personal note, in 2010 he was awarded the Fatherhood Award from Washington, D.C.’s National Fatherhood Initiative, and he and his wife Jana received the Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award on Capitol hill in 2015, having adopted three of their four children. Lee and Jana have been married 29 years and live in Brentwood, Tennessee with their four kids.

Cost for the CLE program and the online concert is $99. 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.

This program is not eligible for Online Bundle credits. 

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. NSAI is comprised of professional and aspiring songwriters from all genres of music, as well as creative minds in the industry, who support their commitment to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting. For over 54 years, NSAI has been a unifying force within the music community and the community at large with a clear and simple mission – to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter. 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 cybersecurity, managed IT, and digital forensics services nationwide to hundreds of businesses. 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. John 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 managed IT, 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 FEBRUARY 21. Full refunds may be requested through FEBRUARY 28 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 (February 24) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Online CLE: Essentials of Depositions
4:00 Lee Thomas Miller Concert Begins!
5:00 Adjourn



James F. Neale, McGuireWoods LLP / Charlottesville
M. Bryan Slaughter, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville


James F. Neale, McGuireWoods LLP / Charlottesville
James Neale’s varied trial practice focuses on high-exposure tort cases in courts across the country. His trial experience includes personal injury, nuisance, products liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, transportation, pharmaceutical, and right-of-publicity cases. He has won verdicts in state and federal courts in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, and California. In addition, Mr. Neale has defended clients in a variety of other adversarial arenas, including high-exposure cases before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and numerous arbitration panels. He has briefed and argued appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and the 11th Circuits, and the full Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

M. Bryan Slaughter, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville
Bryan Slaughter concentrates his practice on cases involving catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death. His practice areas include products liability, serious automobile and truck accidents, premises liability, and medical malpractice. He is a member of the Virginia and West Virginia state bars, and he has tried cases throughout the region. Mr. Slaughter graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991, and the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1997.  He is a past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Boyd-Graves conference, a faculty member at the National Trial Advocacy College, and has lectured and written on various topics involving products liability and personal injury law. Mr. Slaughter is particularly interested in pro bono service and access to justice issues, and in that regard serves on the Virginia Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.

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