[Posted August 27, 2008]  The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s annual convention is a smorgasbord of educational and social events; each year, attendees can satisfy a full year’s MCLE requirements in one weekend, generally at a very nice resort.  The 2009 convention had been slated for The Greenbrier, but the association has moved it to Williamsburg, to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the group in that city.


Despite the “Trial” part of the association’s name, the convention almost always features at least one appellate presentation.  Justice Agee (now Judge Agee, by virtue of his shameful abandonment of the state bench, to go federal on us) addressed the convention in 2008; Justice Keenan did the same in 2006, as did Justice Lemons in 2004 and 2005.  And Judge Humphreys of the Court of Appeals regularly participates in a very enjoyable luncheon program, involving two other judges, lawyer/comedian Bob Battle, and a whole lot of hilarious war stories.


The change of venue also requires a change of date; the program will begin on Thursday, March 12, and will conclude on Friday the 15th.  You don’t have to be a VTLA member to attend (but it helps, as members get a preferred rate).