Letters to the Editor

Nov 15, 2021

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: On Jan. 31, 2020, I found myself in the back area behind the courtroom with my wrists in metal handcuffs, a chain around my waist, my hands chained to my waist and my legs shackled. After numerous pat downs and a transport, I was eventually ordered to stand naked and be subjected to […]

Aug 9, 2021

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: Has the profession learned nothing from the pandemic? About eight months before the pandemic turned the world on its head, I attended an initial status conference in a federal court several hours from my office. My adversary had travelled a similar distance and, prior to the conference, we had agreed upon and submitted […]

Feb 22, 2021

Letter to the editor: Figure in med-mal article clarified

Dear Editor: I write to ask that you publish an important clarification to your Feb. 8, 2021, article “Med-mal relief bill defeated.” In the article, you wrote that “Virginia currently has the highest medical malpractice cap of the 29 states that maintain a cap.”  This is inaccurate.  Of the 29 states that employ a cap, […]

Jul 20, 2020

Letter: Suffolk lawyer backs NoVa lawyer appealing contempt

Dear Editor: I write in response to the article “Lawyer jailed for contempt seeks appellate redemption” appellate redemption.” I don’t know Rachel Virk. I don’t practice domestic relations law, nor do I practice in her geographic area. But writing as one who has had a subordinate employee lawyer held in contempt, and subsequently overturned by the […]

Oct 7, 2019

Letter to the Editor: The power of ‘no’

Dear Editor, Thank you for publishing Dr. Shawn Healy’s piece on means of combatting lawyers’ stress (“Under pressure,” VLW, Sept. 30). Members of our profession need to hear plain talk about a problem that besets us daily, sometimes with tragic consequences. But there’s a glaring omission in his story, which presents six palliative measures to […]

Mar 26, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Lawyer decries failure to lend VSB artwork

Dear Editor, I am a member of the Virginia State Bar and request that my letter be published in your publication. I recently learned that the VSB has an art collection, many pieces of which were donated to honor past VSB presidents. Unbeknownst to some of the donors, the executive director of VSB has a […]

Sep 18, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Real change involves business-building skills

Dear Editor: In reference to “Culture Change Needed,” VLW, Sept. 11: It is sad that so many good and skilled lawyers find the practice of law so stress­ful that their very health is adversely af­fected. I strongly encourage everyone to read the full report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which can be […]

May 30, 2016

Lawyer takes issue with VW reporting

Dear Editor: I am disappointed in your paper’s coverage of the Volkswagen “Dirty Diesel” litigation (online “News in Brief ” item, posted May 19). This is the largest automotive fraud in history committed by a com­pany with its headquarters in Virginia, illegally taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the people of Virginia, and billions […]

Mar 21, 2016

Lawyer: Here’s how to answer DIY legal

Dear Editor: In reference to your article, “Bar confronts do-it-yourself legal products,” in the March 7 issue: The only lawyers who should feel that the massive rise of the Do-it-Yourself legal (DIYLegal) industry is a true threat to the profession are those who feel entitled, just because they have a law license, to a consumer’s […]

Dec 7, 2015

Teacher, he was mean to me

Dear Editor: I read with surprise your front page article on the recent policing of civility among attorneys (“Lawyer is Disciplined for Sarcasm,” VLW, Nov. 2, 2015).  I am not familiar with the attorney who was reprimanded, but as a veteran trial attorney, the offending remarks struck me as fairly innocuous.  Personal injury litigation is […]

Sep 14, 2015

Lawyer questions intent of ‘Leader in the Law’ choice

Dear Editor: It’s a great honor to be selected by the Virginia Lawyers Media as a “Leader in the Law,” and my congratulations go to the class of 2015, a distinguished group of honorees. One selection surprised me, however, not for want of a distinguished legal career, but because of his recent high visibility as […]

Aug 10, 2015

Condo calls on Alston to support Roush for seat

To the Editor: I am a lawyer of over 40 years in practice, and over eight years’ service on the committee of the Virginia State Bar that screens and rates candidates for statewide and federal judgeships in the commonwealth.  Over the past several years I have watched with growing dismay as members and the leadership […]

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