About the Conference
The Boyd-Graves Conference was created by Thomas V. Monahan, a former VBA president. He believed that civil practice in Virginia would be improved if lawyers with different types of practices, from all regions of the state, would meet and attempt to reach consensus about ways to improve the law.
Beginning in 1978, Monahan began arranging annual meetings of lawyers at the Tides Inn in Irvington. At first a small and informal gathering known as the “Tides Inn Conference,” the meeting eventually became a carefully planned event for nearly 100 lawyers, professors and judges representing a wide variety of practices throughout the Commonwealth.
Later, the conference was renamed the Boyd-Graves Conference. The name honors the contributions of revered law professors T. Munford Boyd and Edward S. Graves to the advancement of Virginia’s civil procedure.
Items are discussed at the Conference after they are studied by committees of Conference members. A steering committee meets twice during the year to plan the conference.