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VSB president condemns Washington violence

Virginia State Bar President Brian L. Buniva invoked the rule of law in calling for condemnation of the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6.

“The rule of law is not an abstraction. The observance of the rule of law is the very foundation of a civilized society, and certainly is the very foundation of what it means to be a Virginia lawyer. Indeed, every member of the Virginia State Bar swears an oath to uphold and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Buniva said.

“The events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol building by an angry mob was an attack on the rule of law,” he continued. “The peaceful transition of power after a free and fair election is the bedrock of our democracy. I hope all of you will join me in condemning violence and stand by our oaths to uphold our Constitutions.”

The Virginia Bar Association also condemned the actions of protesters.

“The events are a stark reminder to all lawyers of the duty we have to protect the rule of law and uphold our Constitution and the democratic principles on which this great nation was founded,” the VBA’s Jan. 7 statement read.

The VBA said lawyers have a role to play in restoring confidence in government.

“[We] must do our part to end the bitterness and hatred that have been far too prevalent in the thoughts, words, and as we witnessed yesterday, actions of some of our nation’s citizens. As lawyers, we understand the enduring value of following laws and legal process, and we have the skills and professional responsibility to engage others in productive conversation and debate to overcome the divisiveness that plagues this nation,” the VBA said.