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22nd Annual Bench Bar Conference [VIRTUAL] - 3 CLE (including up to 2 Ethics) Credits

  • Monday, September 21, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • VIRTUAL via Zoom video conferencing


  • This registration fee is for individuals that are not active members of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
  • This price is for active members of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association.


Keynote Speaker (1:00pm - 1:15pm):
Hon. Mark Martin, Dean, Regent University School of Law, former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

General Session (1:15pm - 2:15pm)

Regulating the Self-Regulating Profession: Bar Complaints, Court Sanctions, and Other Disciplinary Dilemmas (1 Ethics Credit)

Hon. Lawrence R. Leonard, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Hon. Mary Jane Hall
, Chief Judge, Norfolk Circuit Court

Jeffrey L. Marks
, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.

M. Brent Saunders
, Senior Assistant Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar

Breakout Sessions (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

  • Cannabis in the Commonwealth

    Hon. Joseph A. Migliozzi, Jr., Norfolk Circuit Court

    Jonathan V. Gallo
    , Vandeventer Black LLP

    Kaitlyn O’Connor
    , Nixon Law Group

  • Dealing with Disasters: Ethical Obligations Before, During, and After Extreme Weather Events (1 Ethics Credit)

    Hon. Robert McLanahan Smith III, Chief Judge, Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

    Joyvan Malbon-Griffin
    , Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance

  • How to Be an Expert with Experts

    Hon. John R. Doyle III, Norfolk Circuit Court

    A. William ChartersGoodman Allen Donnelly

    Kevin BiniazanBreit Cantor Grana Buckner

  • What Else Do We Do Here? The Lesser Known Responsibilities of the State and Federal Courts

    Hon. David W. Lannetti, Norfolk Circuit Court

    Hon. Lyn M. Simmons
    , Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

    Hon. Tasha D. Scott
    , Chief Judge, Norfolk General District Court

    Kristan B. Burch, Kaufman & Canoles P.C.

General Session (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

Significant Statutory Changes/Judicial Opinions from the Past Year

Hon. Everett A. Martin, Jr., Norfolk Circuit Court

L. Steven Emmert
, Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, P.C.

Hon. Stephen E. HeretickVirginia House of Delegates

The 22nd Annual Bench Bar Conference will be conducted 100% virtually via Zoom video conferencing.

After registering for the event here and paying for your ticket, you will be sent an email with details on how to complete your registration via Zoom. Your registration is not complete until you have received your unique, personal registration link from Zoom.

As part of your registration, you will need to select your desired breakout session from the four available options. If you need to change your selection after completing your registration, please contact the bar association staff.

Please contact the bar association staff with any questions, comments, or feedback at contact@norfolkandportsmouthbar.org or (757) 622-2910.