Bench-Bar Conference

The Richmond Metropolitan Area Local and Specialty Bar Associations present the 22nd Annual Bench Bar Conference on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  Call 804-780-0700 to register.


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 – "A View from the Jury Box"
Ever wonder what jurors were really thinking while you are a trying a case?  A panelist of recent jurors from Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico will discuss their thoughts and impressions of the trial process.  This will include what they thought was effective and what was not effective about the lawyers' presentations of the cases.
Panelists: Former jurors from recent trials will share their experiences
Moderator: Stanley P. Wellman of Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
Criminal Practice – “A Fly On The Wall: Inside the Jury Room"
Moderated by the esteemed Craig Cooley, this panel will offer unique insight into the process behind jury verdicts. Jurors from the cases of Commonwealth v. Clayburn and Commonwealth v. Wallace will be present. In 2014 Michael Clayburn was tried and convicted for the execution style murder of Toren Waller. Clayburn received a life sentence.  In 2011 Richard Wallace was tried and acquitted of Elder Abuse Resulting in Death. Wallace was accused of willfully neglecting to care for his elderly mother.
Panelists: Former jurors from recent trials will share their experiences
Moderator: Hon. Craig S. Cooley
Domestic Relations Practice – “Child Support: I Have To Pay HOW Much?!?!"
A Look at the 2014 Changes to Virginia’s Child Support Guidelines
Panelists: Hon. A. Ellen White of the Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Craig M. Burshem of the Virginia Department of Child Support Enforcement, Robert W. Partin of McCandlish Holton, P.C.
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 – “The Intersection of Ethics and Mediation"
Join experts with extensive mediation experience as they examine the ethical boundaries that facilitate a successful mediation. This program focuses on the role and responsibilities of attorneys and mediators during the entire mediation process. The topics discussed relate to all areas of civil practice such as employment law, medical malpractice, real estate, business torts, personal injury, family law, guardian ad litem, commercial and construction disputes.  (This breakout session has been approved for 1.5 hours of ethics credit)
Panelists: Professor John G. Douglass of the University of Richmond School of Law, John B. McCammon of the McCammon Group, Morna P. Ellis of Commonwealth Mediation Group
Criminal Practice – "Snitches: Cautionary Tales"
This presentation will offer insight into ways in which our judicial system can be compromised through the unrestricted use of jailhouse informants.  The presentation will demonstrate how incentives for sentence reductions and lack of sufficient safeguards can subvert the justice system.
Speaker: Douglas A. Ramseur of the Office of the Capital Defender
Domestic Relations Practice – “Collateral Consequences: What You Don't Know Can Kill Your Client's Future"
A panel discussion on the collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications
Panelists: Hon. Angela E. Roberts of the Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court; Hon. Edward A. Robbins, Jr. of the Chesterfield Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court,; Mary E. Langer of the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorneys' Office; Julie E. McConnell, Director of the Children's Defense Clinic, University of Richmond School of Law; Gregory R. Sheldon of BainSheldon
12:30-1:45 p.m General Session & Richmond Bar Association Luncheon – featuring remarks by the Honorable Walter S. Felton, Jr. (no CLE credit offered)

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