Bench-Bar Conference

The Richmond Metropolitan Area Local and Specialty Bar Associations present the 23rd Annual Bench Bar Conference on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Omni Richmond Hotel.


8:00 – 8:55 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast Reception with the Judges
(Sponsored by Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company)
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break-Out Sessions (1.5 hrs. of credit)
State and Federal Civil Practice – "                                 "
Criminal Practice – "The Third Side to Every Story: Body Cameras as the Witness You had Always Hoped For"
As the use of body cameras by law enforcement grows around the country, law enforcement agencies, attorneys, and the courts are grappling with numerous issues impacting their operations, case preparation, and evidentiary hurdles in the courtroom. The panelists of this session will unpack these issues and provide valuable insight into the future of criminal prosecutions and defense.
Panelists: Chief Douglas Middleton, Chief of Police for Henrico County; Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, Director of ACLU of Virginia; Nancy G. Parr, Commonwealths Attorney for Chesapeake; and Kathleen Ortiz, Public Defender for Chesapeake
Moderator: Mike Doucette, Commonwealths Attorney for Lynchburg
Domestic Relations Practice – "                         "
10:30 -10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
(Sponsored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly)
10:45-12:15 p.m. Break-Out Sessions (1.5 hr. of credit)
State and Federal Civil Practice – "                                       "
Criminal Practice – "Criminal Investigations in the 21st Century – Following the Electronic Trail"
Law enforcement has a growing arsenal of electronic surveillance tools from which to choose in the investigation of crimes. From phone and GPS tracking, to social media and electronic data, investigators often reconstruct crimes using the power of the internet. Nonetheless, getting these materials into an authenticated and admissible evidentiary format can prove quite challenging. These Panelists explore the use of technology from early investigative stages to final courtroom presentation.
Panelists: Brian Hood, USAO, Criminal Section Supervisor, Richmond Division Eastern District of Virginia; Michael P. French, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI; and Gregory J. Bell, Firm Forensics
Moderator: Professor Henry L. Chambers, Jr., University of Richmond School of Law
Domestic Relations Practice – “Keeping It Safe – Dealing with the Potentially Violent"
Have you ever worried that a client or other litigant could act violently towards you or other members of your firm? Have you expressed concern for a client's safety? Supervisory Special Agent and attorney Molly Amman of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit will provide an introduction to the topic of targeted violence by discussing how threats are assessed by the professionals, how protective orders and other stressor events can impact a potentially violent situation, and finally how to manage threats individually and as a firm.
Speakers: Supervisory Special Ageny and attorney Molly Amman of the FBI BEhavioral ANalysis Unit, Quantico, Virginia
12:30-1:45 p.m General Session & Richmond Bar Association Luncheon – featuring remarks by the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. District Court (no CLE credit offered)

A special thank you to Superior Document Services for providing Bench Bar Conference materials on flash drives for all registrants.

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