3rd Annual Firearms Law in Virginia Seminar 2022

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Friday, October 14, 8:20 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 7.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 7.0 Trial Practice/Litigation, 1.0 Ethics
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VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 7.0 Felony/Misdemeanor (VIDC Information)
Registration Fees: Live on Site: $329 regular registration
Live on Site: $349 on-site registration
(if space is available)
Webcast: $329
Telephone: $349

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Why Attend?

This year’s seminar has an all-star lineup of speakers:

  • Virginia Supreme Court Justice Stephen McCullough will discuss the latest Virginia and federal cases on the right to bear arms.
  • Mark Richards, lead counsel who successfully defended Kyle Rittenhouse, will explore the law of justifiable use of deadly force.
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Richard Gardiner will present an overview of Virginia law on crimes involving firearms as well as carry permits and restoration of gun rights. 
  • James Vann, Associate Chief Counsel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will discuss federal firearms law and the latest ATF regulations.
  • Erin Murphy of Clement & Murphy, PLLC, who has wide experience challenging gun restrictions in the federal courts, will interpret where the Supreme Court is headed. 
  • Stephen Halbrook, author of the West publication Firearms Law Deskbook, will address ethical issues in prosecutions involving self-defense. 

The 3rd Annual Firearms Law in Virginia Seminar 2022 is a “must attend” CLE session for attorneys whose practice includes criminal and civil cases involving firearms.

While both the U.S. and Virginia supreme courts have recognized the right to keep and bear arms to be a fundamental, individual right, thousands of federal, state, and local firearm restrictions are on the books. Explore the ramifications of these basic rights, at both the federal and state levels. Featuring an outstanding faculty, this seminar is intended to equip the practitioner with the ammunition needed to represent clients facing gun charges with creativity and competence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore Virginia and federal decisions as Justice Stephen McCullough reviews the way Virginia courts have construed the Constitutional right to bear arms and to what extent U.S. Supreme Court decisions might be persuasive on the scope of the right and the standard of review
  • Get an overview from Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Richard Gardiner of new and existing Virginia firearms laws
  • Examine unique challenges for the practitioner in Second Amendment litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Review the most common aspects of federal firearms law, including the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act, for the practitioner
  • Learn how the rules for use of deadly force in self-defense were applied in the dramatic Kyle Rittenhouse case
  • In the Ethics session, consider the rule that prosecutors may not file or maintain charges without probable cause as applied to high-profile self-defense cases

COVID-19 POLICY FOR LIVE-ON-SITE ATTENDANCE

By attending a live-on-site Virginia CLE® seminar, you acknowledge the health risks associated with COVID-19 and that you MUST follow all Virginia CLE® COVID-19 policies. You may NOT attend a live-on-site program if you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are under any self-quarantine orders per CDC guidelines.

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(Last updated March 2, 2022)

 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $90 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that 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.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 14) (Eastern Time)

8:00 Late Registrations
8:20

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 The Right to Bear Arms Under the Virginia and U.S. Constitutions
Justice Steve R. McCullough, Supreme Court of Virginia

Both the Virginia and U.S. Constitutions provide that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  Recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts will be analyzed.
9:30 Break
9:45 Overview of Virginia Firearms Law (New and Existing)
Judge Richard E. Gardiner, Fairfax County Circuit Court

Virginia has long regulated concealed weapons, provided for permits to carry handguns, banned firearms at schools, and restricted possession by felons; more recently, background checks have been expanded and handgun purchases are limited to one per month.  The legal environment and practice pointers for prosecutors and defense attorneys will be discussed.
10:45 Break
11:00 The Right to Carry and Other Issues Before the U.S. Supreme Court
Erin E. Murphy, Clement & Murphy, PLLC, Alexandria, VA

The Supreme Court’s resolution of New York State Rifle will set the tone for Second Amendment litigation going forward.  A leading litigator on the issue nationwide will explain what cases are percolating and where the Court may be headed.     
12:00 Lunch (provided at live-on-site program)
1:00 Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense
Mark D. Richards, Richards & Dimmer, S.C., Racine, Wisconsin

Justified use of deadly force in self-defense has become ever more relevant in an age of arson, looting, and riot.  Defense counsel in the Kyle Rittenhouse case will cover the trial and explain the dynamics that led to not-guilty verdicts on all counts.
2:30 Break
2:45 Federal Firearms Laws
James P. Vann, Associate Chief Counsel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The federal Gun Control Act and the National Firearms Act amount to a complex array of regulation.  Discussion will be led by an experienced counsel with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This session will cover the most common aspects of federal firearms law for the practitioner.
4:15 Break
4:30 Ethics: Prosecution Must Be Supported by Probable Cause
Stephen Halbrook, Attorney and Author of Firearms Law Deskbook

A prosecutor may not file or maintain a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause, but in recent high-profile cases involving alleged self-defense, decisions have been claimed to be political.  This session will discuss the prosecution for brandishing in the case of the McCloskys in St. Louis and the differing treatment in Kenosha regarding Kyle Rittenhouse and the officer who shot Jacob Blake.
5:30 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

Hon. Stephen R. McCullough, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Richard Gardiner, Fairfax County Circuit Court / Fairfax
Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., Attorney at Law / Fairfax
Erin E.  Murphy, Clement & Murphy, PLLC / Alexandria
Mark D. Richards, Richards & Dimmer, S.C. / Racine, WI
James P. Vann, Department of Justice, Firearms and Explosives Law Division / Washington, DC

MODERATOR AND COURSE PLANNER

Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., Attorney at Law / Fairfax

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials will NOT be available.) (Lunch included)

$329 regular registration.
$349 on-site registration (if space is available).


WEBCAST/TELEPHONE REGISTRATION FEES

WEBCAST FEE:
$329 regular registration

TELEPHONE FEE:
$349 regular registration


LIVE LOCATION AND DATE

CHARLOTTESVILLE / Friday, October 14
DoubleTree by Hilton (Venue Website / Google Map)
Route 29 North
990 Hilton Heights Road 
Charlottesville, VA 22901


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


Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.  E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use. No printed materials will be available.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.


Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $90 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

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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