On October 19th from 3:00-5:30 p.m., the VSB’s Appellate Practice Committee will present a free appellate CLE at LeClair Ryan’s Riverfront Plaza office in Richmond. The Committee’s last CLE, or “symposium,” was by all accounts a big hit. Justice (let’s hope soon to be Judge) Keenan participated, and shared some sound observations and advice.

I expect the October 19 CLE to be every bit as good. My colleague, Monica Monday, is again running things. Monica is a wonderfully talented oral advocate, and she also puts on a good show. [DISCLAIMER: NOT ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. PAST RESULTS ARE NO INDICATION FUTURE PERFORMANCE.]

The CLE will include a mock writ argument, which should be instructive for all. And its timing is no accident. Not only is the VSB’s mandatory CLE deadline creeping up on us, but the Supreme Court will be hearing writ arguments the following day. If you’re scheduled to argue on the 20th anyway, the CLE will not only provide some timely tips–it will give you a good excuse to get to town early and meet some fellow members of the bar.

Finally, although the CLE is free, we do ask that you shoot Monica an email at monica_monday@gentrylocke.com if you are planning to attend. That way, she can keep a head count and make sure that the Committee accommodates all comers.