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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 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Criminal Law

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.

Amy Bradley joined BrigliaHundley P.C. with a range of practice experience including personal injury, criminal defense and civil litigation. She has represented individuals and businesses in the state courts of every jurisdiction in Northern Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Amy's trial experience includes more than 100 bench and jury trials in criminal and civil matters.

At BrigliaHundley, P.C., Amy has expanded her practice areas to include land use, employment, and immigration. She is also a part-time prosecutor for the Town of Vienna, Virginia.

Amy has represented individuals facing serious criminal charges including multiple felony charge drug distributions, sex offenses, embezzlement and murder. Amy was a member of the defense team that represented Alfredo Prieto in his third capital murder sentencing trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Amy previously worked as an attorney for one of the country's largest insurance companies giving her unique and valuable insight into how to maximize recovery for injured persons. In this capacity, Amy learned how large insurance companies handle and evaluate claims from beginning to end.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Amy's first career path as a television journalist took her across the United States. The Wyoming native graduated from the University of Missouri's renowned School of Journalism with honors. While at Mizzou, she took on a variety of roles at including producing, reporting, anchoring, and even operating a live truck for KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. She landed her first job after graduation as the morning producer anchor at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Illinois. Amy's journey next took her to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she anchored the morning news for WISE-TV. Amy's final stop in the news business was WBRE-TV, where she worked as an investigative reporter. While in Pennsylvania, Amy appeared as a guest commentator for The Abrams Report on MSNBC. She was nominated for an Emmy for her reporting of the Hugo Selenski double-murder trial in 2007. Her opportunity to attend and report on several high-profile trials as a reporter propelled her return to school to pursue a second career path as a trial attorney.

An active member of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), Amy has served as co-chair of the General District Court Committee and as a member of the Pro Bono Committee. Amy previously served as a Board Member and Secretary of the Young Lawyers Section. She is also a member of the George Mason Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She regularly volunteers her time for various programs to benefit the community at large including: Wills for Heroes, Middle School Speaker, Devonshire Program, and Court Tour programs. She routinely assists victims of domestic abuse in obtaining protective orders against their abusers through Legal Services of Northern Virginia’s Attorney of the Day Program. Amy has also authored articles for the Fairfax Bar Journal and Docket Call. She enjoys mentoring high school students and new attorneys.


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


  • 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
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star – 2015-2018
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia - Rule 6.1 Society – Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2017)
  • 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 -2017

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


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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