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Security hurdles a weak excuse for trip cancelation

Dear Editor: It is disingenuous to claim a November VSB trip that has not reached the minimum number of participants within a month of the flier being sent out is a no-go – particularly since even 37 or so Muslims ...

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Letter to the Editor

Editor Virginia Lawyers Weekly I read with interest your editorial of June 3, 2013, regarding the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar.  In it, you noted the creation of the conference amid a certain amount of controversy in 2010, ...

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Return of appellate defender advocated (access required)

Dear Editor: I wanted to bring a crucial matter to the attention of the Virginia legal community:  The critical need for a state appellate defender in our commonwealth. Sen. J. Chapman Petersen of Fairfax has introduced (for the second straight ...

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Stop the attack on the judicial branch (access required)

Dear Editor: Challenges to the freedoms protected by the constitution sometimes come in seemingly small and insignificant appearing increments. It should amaze most Americans to discover that the Constitution of the Soviet Union (you remember the Soviet Union: the gulags, ...

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Lawyer opposes public notice bill (access required)

Dear Editor, I have just seen a copy of Senate Bill 664, offered to the Senate Jan. 20, 2012, by its patron, Sen. Ralph K. Smith. The purpose of the bill is to amend and reenact §15.2-107.1 of the Virginia ...

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Bring back office of Appellate Defender (access required)

Dear Editor: I write in support of the budget amendment introduced by Sen. Chap Petersen that will reestablish the Appellate Defender’s office. In 2009, the Appellate Defender’s office was shuttered, a victim of budget cuts. Now we have an opportunity ...

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Lawyer: Don’t use ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ (access required)

Dear Editor, My teeth clenched again yesterday as I read the digest of the opinion in Campbell v. Campbell, which appeared on Page 18 of your August 15 issue. Why is it that your writer refers to the parties in ...

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Pro bono partners respond to article (access required)

Dear Editor: The July 11 article, “Mo’ Dough, No Pro Bono?”, is an unfortunate reflection on the value of pro bono legal services delivered by lawyers in the private bar in Virginia. We are the pro bono partners in eight ...

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Judicial independence is heart of the system (access required)

Dear Editor: I have read with interest and dismay your May 23 editorial entitled, “A trap hidden in plain sight.” I find it reprehensible that four delegates, who are members of the House Courts of Justice Committee, would go so ...

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