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Shielding the Abused: A Guide to Protective Orders in Virginia

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Produced on February 09, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Criminal

Course Description

Taught by Amy L. Bradley, a multi-year volunteer with a pro-bono program that has assisted hundreds of victims of abuse obtain protective orders against their abusers, this course will guide practitioners through the protective order process in Virginia courts. 

The program is designed to assist attorneys obtain an understanding of common issues with regard to protective order litigation including: identifying the court with jurisdiction to hear the matter, grasping the process of obtaining a protective order, learning the elements necessary to successfully obtain a protective order and avoiding traps for the unwary.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify which court has jurisdiction
  2. Review the statutory scheme
  3. Obtain best evidence to successfully prosecute a protective order
  4. Detect methods to combat the defense
  5. Avoid loopholes and pitfalls

Note: This course is approved for GAL for children in Virginia. If you would like a GAL certificate, please email our Customer Support team after completing the course.

Credit Information

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Amy Bradley

Briglia Hundley, P.C.

I am passionate about seeking justice for my clients. Clients often come to me in the worst moments of their lives, following an encounter with law enforcement or after being injured through no fault of their own. It’s my goal to guide them through the legal process with a compassionate and relatable approach, while zealously protecting their interests. I work with my clients to strategize and achieve the best possible outcomes.

I was inspired to attend law school while working as a television investigative reporter. The opportunity to report on several high-profile cases, including an appearance on the 'Dan Abrams Report', sparked my interest in the study of law. My communications background gives me the ability to advocate effectively in the courtroom. My journalistic curiosity leads me to think outside-the-box.

My versatile trial experience includes more than 100 bench and jury trials in criminal and civil cases. As a criminal defense attorney, I represent adults and juveniles on matters ranging from traffic offenses to serious felony charges. In personal injury matters, I represent clients on cases ranging from minor car accidents to life-altering injuries. I assist corporations in a wide variety of matters. I also serve as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Vienna where I prosecute misdemeanor crimes and traffic offenses.

I previously worked as in-house counsel for one of the country’s largest insurance companies giving me unique and valuable insight into how to maximize recovery for injured persons. I know how large insurance companies handle and evaluate claims from beginning to end. My ability to see both sides of injury cases gives me the ability to anticipate defense strategies and prepare accordingly.

If you are looking for an approachable, multi-faceted attorney, who will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome, please feel free to contact me at abradley@brigliahundley.com or (703) 883-0208. I look forward to speaking with you.


George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia

Juris Doctor, May 2010


  • Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, Senior Articles Editor (2009-2010)
  • The Docket, News Editor (2007-2008)
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Member (2007-2010)
  • Trial Advocacy Association, Volunteer (2007)

University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri

Bachelor of Broadcast Journalism, Minor in Sociology, Cum Laude, Dec. 2002

  • USA Today - Nominated as Academic All-American (1999-2000)


  • Commonwealth of Virginia 
  •  Maryland
  • District of Columbia


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia


  • Lawline - Selected as Top 20 Women Faculty of 2016, 2018
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star – 2015-2019
  • Arlington Magazine - Top Attorney (2019)
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia - Rule 6.1 Society – Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2017, 2019)
  • Fairfax Bar Association - President's Award (2018)
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys - Top 10 Under 40 - 2018


Fairfax Bar Association

  • General District Court Committee Co-Chair - 2015-2018
  • Young Lawyers Section Board Member, Secretary
  • Wills for Heroes Volunteer
  • Middle School Speaker Volunteer
  • Devonshire Program Volunteer
  • Court Tour Program Volunteer - 2015

Alexandria Bar Association

  • Beat the Odds Mentor – 2011-2017

Prince William Bar Association

  • SERVE Shelter Volunteer – 2016-2018
  •  Wills for Heroes Volunteer – 2015-2016

Legal Services of Northern Virginia

  • Attorney of the Day Program – Steering Committee and Volunteer - 2015-2018

George Mason American Inns of Court

  • Member – 2015 -2019

Fairfax Law Foundation

  • Member, Run for Justice 5K Committee - 2010-2015

George Mason University School of Law

  •  Third Year Law School Student Mentor
  • Volunteer Judge at mock trial and moot court various competitions
  • Small firm networking events participant

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • Emmy nominated for reporting of Hugo Selenski double murder trial - 2007


Walter M.

Exceptional presentation1

Janine H.

Obviously the presenter has done a lot of pro bono work in this area. Kudos!

Deborah Lynn W.


Makiba J.

really great job

Rhonda G. W.

Superb content and presentation -- Thank you!

Rosann B.

Excellent--extremely knowledgeable instructor and presentation was well-organized and coherent. Lots of helpful practical recommendations.

Michael S.

One of the best courses I have taken

Robert W.

Excellent presentation. Substantive and practical. Better written materials than just the Lawline usual pdf of presentation slides.

Colleen S.

Excellent presentation.

Paul S.

Outstanding presentation!

Alexander M.

This was a really great course, thanks!

Ajay P.

Excellent presentation; better than most

Matthew P.

Informative, straight forward presentation. I would highly recommend this course.

Holly H.

Very good presentation and tips for practice

Amy L.

I would eagerly participate in MORE CLE lessons from Amy Bradley. I want to participate more inpro bono domestic violence survivor cases.

Jo M.

Very professional presentation, with good supporting written materials.

Jacquelyn G.

This was an excellent course. The speaker was fabulous. Hands down the best training material I've come across for protective orders, and I've been searching for a while.

James B.

The moderator did an excellent job with the materials and topic. It was extremely well presented and very clear and concise. I would highly recommend this material.

Janine B.

Excellent presentation, and it is useful to have a referral for when business clients ask for an attorney who can handle domestic abuse cases (it happens more often than one would think).

Lawrence A.

Very well done. I don't usually keep the materials, but I will for this case because it seems that these types of p/o questions arise across all types of my civil cases. Thank you for doing this topic.

Scott F.

Speaker presented the topic and material in an excellent fashion.

Antoine M.

Excellent presentation and notes

Allen J.

Brilliantly presented and useful.

David G.

Famtastic presentation. One of the best I've seen on Lawline! Good job!

Emily T.

excellent program; clear and well organized, takes you through the process well

Steve M.

Great presentation.

Mark L.

Great presentation!

Michael O.

Thank you!

B.A. S.

Very clear presentation. Great presenter!

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