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

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Friday, December 9, 8:55 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, December 14, 8:55 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. ET
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 4.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 4.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Registration Fees:

Live on Site:
$329 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia
(upcoming 2023 edition) ebook)

Webcast:
$329 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia
(upcoming 2023 edition) e-book)

Telephone:
$349 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia
(upcoming 2023 edition) e-book)

Information

Why Attend?

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

  • Understand the rules applicable in the Eastern District
  • Explore best practices with pointers from experienced litigators
  • Hear what the judges want—and don’t want
  • Includes an extraordinary set of written materials—the electronic version of Virginia CLE®’s Federal Civil Practice in Virginia—a $199 value!

This long-running seminar is a must-attend event for any attorney practicing in the Eastern District of Virginia. Learn how the streamlined practices and local rules make this district consistently one of the fastest trial dockets in the United States. At this program, you will hear directly from the judges who 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. The rules and procedures unique to the Eastern District will be clearly highlighted—those aspects that insiders know and follow and that outsiders ignore at their peril.

Both experienced and new attorneys will benefit from the opportunity to explore the most successful strategies when trying cases in these courts. Ask any of your colleagues who practice in the Eastern District: it is too late to learn the court’s rules once your case starts; you have to know them now. Don’t miss this opportunity—it will be a morning well spent!

BONUS! Regular registration includes the electronic version of Virginia CLE®’s must-have handbook Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (upcoming 2023 edition). Combining the outstanding written materials devoted to practice in both 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.

Options for Attending the Seminar:

On Friday, December 9, this program will be presented live on site in Richmond/Innsbrook, where people may attend in person, as well as virtually via live-interactive webcast.

On Wednesday, December 14, this program will be presented live on site in Alexandria only, with no virtual attendance options.

ATTENDING IN PERSON?

The Bobzien-Gaither Education Center in Richmond/Innsbrook is our new state-of-the-art facility designed with your safety in mind. It features a Centurion air filtration system, which quickly and effectively eliminates viruses and bacteria. Additionally, the facility is thoroughly cleaned before each seminar, and face masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

Discounted Parking for the Alexandria Seminar on December 14: The Hilton will charge seminar attendees $16 instead of the regular fee of $22 for on-site parking.

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.

Click here for details about the Virginia CLE® COVID-19 policyPlease revisit the webpage routinely for updates as we are monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. All updates to this policy will be emailed to registrants.
(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. Telephone seminar registrants will, however, be charged $199 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®.

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 (December 9 and 14) (Eastern Time)

8:30 On-Site Registration
8:55 Opening Remarks
9:00 Jurisdiction and Prefiling Considerations
Moderator: Maya Eckstein (Richmond) / Sona Rewari (Alexandria)
9:55 Discovery
Moderator: Robert A. Angle (Richmond) / Mary C. Zinsner (Alexandria)
11:00 Break
11:20 Motions Practice
Moderator: Brendan O’Toole (Richmond) / N. Thomas Connally (Alexandria)
12:25 Pretrial Matters and Trial Preparation
Moderator: Brian C. Riopelle (Richmond) / Kathleen Holmes (Alexandria)
1:20 Concluding Remarks by Federal Judges
1:25 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Richmond on December 9 and Alexandria on December 14 begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees on December 9.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees on December 9.

Faculty

FACULTY

Alexandria Seminar
Hon. John Anderson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Leonie Brinkema, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
N. Thomas Connally, Hogan Lovells US LLP / Tysons
Kathleen Holmes, Holmes Costin & Marcus PLLC / Alexandria
Sona Rewari, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP / Washington, DC
Mary C. Zinsner, Troutman Sanders LLP / Tysons

Richmond Seminar
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. Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Robert A. Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP / Richmond
Maya Eckstein, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP / Richmond
Brendan O’Toole, Williams Mullen / Richmond
Brian C. Riopelle, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES

$329 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (upcoming 2023 edition) ebook)

WEBCAST FEES:

$329 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (upcoming 2023 edition) e-book)

TELEPHONE FEES:

$349 regular registration (includes Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (upcoming 2023 edition) e-book)


LIVE LOCATIONS AND DATES

RICHMOND/INNSBROOK / Friday, December 9
Bobzien-Gaither Education Center (Google Map)
4801 Cox Road, Suite 108
Glen Allen, VA 23060

ALEXANDRIA / Wednesday, December 14
Hilton Alexandria Old Town (Venue Website / Google Map)
1767 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314


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


Downloadable Ebook Seminar Materials

Regular registration includes the electronic version of Virginia CLE®’s must-have handbook Federal Civil Practice in Virginia (upcoming 2023 edition). Ebook materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

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


CANCELLATION POLICY:

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. Telephone seminar registrants will, however, be charged $199 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®.

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


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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