Leslie A.T. Haley
Virginia State Bar
707 E. Main Street, Suite 1500
Richmond, VA 23219
JD – West Virginia University 1993
BSBA – West Virginia University
Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:
Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2003-present; Secretary 2009-2010
Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, President 2007-08
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
American Bar Association
Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Bar Association
Substance Abuse Free Task Force (SAFE) – Board Member 2009-2012
Chesterfield County Council of PTA/PTSAs – President 2004-08
Board of Directors Walton Lake Homeowners Association – President 1996-98; 2006-08
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church – Church Council, Chair 2008; Board of Trustees 2009-12
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
One was Professor Jack Bowman, my contracts and torts professor, who was the absolute epitome of lawyer ethics from day one of law school and a great resource to me as a second career law student. He set a very high standard of professionalism for law students and lawyers alike. It’s ironic that I would end up with a career in ethics.
Additionally, Randy Lawrence, currently a VP with Altria, always challenged me to the limits of my capabilities in what was at that time a male dominated marketplace and supported me in the controversial abandonment of my sales career to pursue a law degree.
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
My biggest accomplishment in life is my children. I am very proud of both my daughter, Reagan and son, Alex and hope that my advocacy for education will serve them and many generations to come. I hope that they learn the message early in life that you only get from this life what you give back. It’s not a free ride.
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
Be yourself. Don’t rely upon others to motivate you; set your own life goals and pursue them and don’t let others hold you back. It’s your dream – reach for it.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
When I am at work I work really hard and am very committed to both my professional and personal life goals; that being so that when my children have events or just need to talk I’m available for them and can step into my mom role. I take the few free minutes I have to enjoy my friends and personal time to reenergize.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
A teacher. I quickly abandoned that dream in college but never abandoned the importance and value of education and currently I’m in a position that “teaches” the implications and applications of lawyer’s ethics.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
John Grisham’s “The Practice.” I read for relaxation and enjoy fictional suspense; especially those related to the practice of law. It’s entertaining to see how we depict the practice both in writing and TV script to the public at large.
What are two things about you that not many people know?
1 – I have been a certified fitness instructor for over 25 years and enjoy that avenue for personal expression and motivation of others.
2 – In light of number one and my current position, many would find it hard to believe that I am somewhat of an introvert. Being thrown into a group of strangers is somewhat stressful for me. In addition, I need my quiet, personal time to relax and reenergize.
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