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VSB excursions to feature international legal study

Virginia State Bar president George Shanks says he plans to make study of foreign government issues a regular part of the bar’s annual mid-year seminars.

Writing from Athens, Greece, Shanks said he hopes an annual “Rule of Law Conference” will become a centerpiece of future VSB-sponsored trips.

Future conference planners have a tough act to follow. In Greece last week, over 70 Virginia lawyers and spouses heard from members of the Greek parliament, Athenian bar officials, and other government figures in the midst of a government-shaking economic crisis.

The panelists discussed the history of the current turmoil, suggested solutions based on political views and offered a candid analysis of the probabilities of short-term and long-term success, according to Shanks.

The program was made possible through the contacts of Arlington J&DR Judge George Varoutsos, Shanks said. “It was a study in the free exchange of ideas about current events in Greece, presented by disparate voices both in and out of the government,” he said.

By Peter Vieth

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