It was quite an afternoon for golf in suburban Richmond – pleasant, neither hot nor cold, a little sunny until the clouds showed up, clear until those clouds reached the bursting point and rain came along.
What it was, was the second annual VADA-VTLA Golf Tournament, held today at Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian.
The tournament was the brainchild of two now past-presidents of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Tom Curcio and John Owen, respectively.
A year ago, the two men met and started talking about the ability, or sometimes inability, of the plaintiffs’ and defense bars to get along.
They planned a golf tournament, along with a series of seminars designed to increase understanding of the other guy’s and gal’s point of view and position in the litigation process. Both men wanted to see civil litigation remain just that – civil.
The program was a success, and this year’s tourney drew 20 lawyers, said Owen, down a few from last year’s 24. The tournament was held later this year than last, he explained.
This is Virginia, so by the time something has happened a second or third time, you can call it a tradition. Curcio vowed there will be another tourney pitting the two sides again next year.
Look for the third year to be a civil but intense competition, for it will be the rubber match.
The trial lawyers took the honors last year in the inaugural event, but the defense bar stormed back this year to overtake their opponents with a 10-5 advantage.