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VLW editorial wins national honor

The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors has honored a December 2017 editorial published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the top opinion pieces from the past year.

Since 1961, ISWNE has held an annual contest to recognize excellence in opinion writing in the non-daily newspaper field. The competition seeks to encourage the writing of editorials or opinion pieces that identify local issues that are or should be of concern to the community, offer an opinion and support a course of action.

The top prize is the Golden Quill, given to the best editorial. ISWNE also names a “Golden Dozen” — 11 finalists, plus the winner.

“Put an end to client-shaming,” published in VLW last Dec. 18, was named to the Golden Dozen in the 2018 competition.

Written by Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Paul Fletcher, the piece calls on lawyer-politicians to stop using their opponents’ legal work in campaign attacks.

There were 106 entries in the 2018 contest; the Golden Quill went to Mark Ridolfi of the North Scott Press in Iowa.

The Golden Quill and Golden Dozen awards were presented at ISWNE’s annual meeting held last month in Portland, Oregon.