Upcoming Experience CLE

One-Hour Ethics Experience CLE Plus a Private Screening of “The Judge – Character, Cases, Courage,” a Documentary on Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr.

Thursday, August 12
Seminar: 2:00 p.m. | Documentary Screening: View any time between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. ET
MCLE Credit 1.0 (Ethics: 1.0) Pending
Registration Fee: Documentary Film and CLE combined - $65



Featuring a private screening of an award-winning, hour-long documentary chronicling the life and career of one of Virginia’s most renowned federal jurists Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr.: The Judge – Character, Cases, Courage

… along with a timely hour of Ethics CLE programming: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls as the Practice of Law Evolves featuring Sharon Nelson, Esq. and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises, Fairfax

Following the seminar, enjoy a film screening of The Judge – Character, Cases, Courage, a documentary on Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr.’s momentous tenure on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Richmond. Judge Merhige ruled on countless impactful cases during his nearly 31 years on the federal bench and was considered “The Nation’s Go To Judge” due to his landmark rulings and perseverance to racial equality and the Rule of Law.

The Inaugural Civil Rights Law Institute at Monticello

Wednesday, September 29, 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET (Optional Tours, Reception, and Dinner)
Thursday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET (Live-on-Site CLE at Monticello)
MCLE Credit 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0) Pending

Registration Fee: September 29 and 30: Live-on Site CLE plus optional September 29 activities: $520 (Non-Discountable)
September 30 Only: Live-on-Site CLE: $395 (Non-Discountable)
September 30 Only: Webcast CLE: $325 (Discountable)

Policing is one of the most important civil rights issues facing our Commonwealth and nation today. It is crucial for lawyers to understand sensitive and complex topics such as police power on university campuses, litigating police misconduct cases, the law of excessive force, and legislation curtailing police abuses. Recognizing historical perspectives and staying up to date in this field are also important for lawyers handling civil rights and police misconduct cases.

To shed light on these issues, Virginia CLE® has partnered with The Virginia Bar Association, The Old Dominion Bar Association, and founding members from the Virginia State Bar's Diversity Conference to present the Inaugural Civil Rights Law Institute at Monticello.

This timely new program will focus on what we're calling the Law of Order and will explore the topic of police misconduct.

A world-class group of experts from various fields will review the subtleties of the laws surrounding civil rights and the latest developments in this field. Our spectacular group of panelists and moderators includes Roger Gregory, Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; University of Virginia School of Law Dean Risa Goluboff; and Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina Seth W. Stoughton, who was a key witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. They will be joined by leading attorneys and scholars, key players in law enforcement and government, college administrators, journalists, historians, directors of civil rights organizations, and more.

This first-of-its-kind institute will equip attendees with the information you need to know to understand police misconduct from a law practice perspective and from a societal perspective. As we in Virginia pride ourselves on being Citizen Lawyers, this could well be one of the most important seminars and events you've seen in your careers.

Optional tours, cocktail reception, and dinner at Montalto will be offered the evening before the full-day program on September 30.

This is an excellent opportunity to gather once againwhether in person or virtuallythough of course we hope you can and will join us in September at historic Montalto, overlooking Monticello as we address one of the most pressing issues facing our nation today.


As we transition toward life as it was pre-pandemic, for the time being, and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of attendees, the live-on-site option will be available only to registrants who have been fully vaccinated and who provide proof by Friday, September 24. After registering for the live-on-site option, please email a copy of your vaccination card to tmoore@virginialawfoundation.org. As time goes on we hope to be able to transition back to how things were pre-pandemic in all ways, but at this point we hope you understand our need to balance the very important need for your fellow attendees, faculty, and staff to feel safe, and for us at this to time require what we hope you will agree is a prudent step so we can do our best to ensure that safety is and always will be our number one concern.

This information will only be used to ensure entry for this program and no sensitive information will be saved or shared. You MUST email your vaccination card by Friday, September 24 to attend the live-on-site program. Registrants who cannot provide proof of vaccination will not be permitted to attend the live-on-site seminar and will be invited to enroll in the webcast format. Face masks are encouraged for all attendees.

Questions or concerns regarding Virginia CLE's COVID-19 policy for this event may be directed to tmoore@virginialawfoundation.org. Once again, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in September!

Want to attend but not seeking MCLE credit? Contact Deanna McGlothlin at deanna.mcglothlin@vacle.org to request a discounted registration fee.

The live-on-site option for this program is NOT eligible for discounts.
The webcast option for this program IS eligible for discounts.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact Katie Arata at karata@vacle.org for more information.

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Past Experience CLE Programs Include:

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  • Encore CLE and Stephony Smith Benefit Concert
  • Encore CLE and Tim Nichols Benefit Concert
  • Encore CLE and Josh Kear Benefit Concert
  • Encore CLE and Tony Arata Benefit Concert
  • Encore CLE and Bobby Tomberlin Benefit Concert
  • Encore CLE and Kent Blazy Benefit Concert
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  • CLE and Washington Capitals Hockey for Charity: An Advocate's Top Forty - SOLD OUT
  • CLE and Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors Basketball: Ethics Fast Break - SOLD OUT
  • CLE at the Virginia Holocaust Museum: Legal Responses to War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights Atrocities
  • CLE at Topgolf Loudoun for Charity: The New World of Spousal Support
  • Ethics CLE at Topgolf Loudoun: Tom Spahn on Law Practice Email Ethics
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  • The Fourth Annual Constitutional Institute at George Washington's Mount Vernon: The Use and Abuse of the Fourth Amendment in Law Enforcement and Domestic Surveillance
  • The Third Annual Constitutional Institute at George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Freedom of the Press: Constitutional Protections, ‘Fake News’, and Where Do We Go From Here? - SOLD OUT
  • The Second Annual Constitutional Institute at George Washington’s Mount Vernon: The Constitutionality of Executive Orders and Their Use Since Washington’s Time
  • The Inaugural Constitutional Institute at George Washington’s Mount Vernon - SOLD OUT
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  • CLE at the Virginia Holocaust Museum: Civility in the Practice of Law
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  • CLE at Nationals Park for Charity: An Advocate's Top 40 - SOLD OUT
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  • International Destination CLE: Lisbon 2018
  • International Destination CLE: Vienna 2019
We are proud to partner with George Washington's Mount Vernon for our annual Constitutional Institute. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon hosts a variety of dynamic events, welcoming established scholars, leaders, and experts from numerous fields. Please visit their website for upcoming events.