Friday, October 24, 2008


Thanks, Paul and Peter and Sherma and Deborah and Alan and the rest at VLW, for a great event.

To the rest of the Virginia blogosphere, especially my friends from the meetings way back when in Charlottesville and Martinsville, I say hey, look, a trophy for blogging!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Going to see some people

Here (again) is the list of people I might see this evening in Richmond - an impressive group:

• David Baugh. Took job as capital defender for Central Virginia.

• Mark D. Braley, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia. Sought filing fees statute to produce money for legal aid.

• Frank O. Brown Jr. Provided advice, delivered lectures on closing a practice.

• Jane Chittom, Appellate Defender. Successful efforts before Supreme Court of Virginia.

• Julie M. Cillo, Hall & Hall PLC. Work in collaborative law, bar activities including presidency of Metro Richmond Family Law Bar.

• Terrence L. Graves, Sands Anderson Marks & Miller. First African-American president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.

• Frank Kilgore. Community activism and environmental work.

• Gary D. LeClair, LeClairRyan. Firm growth within the past year.

• John E. Lichtenstein, Lichtenstein, Fishwick & Johnson PLC. Work with criminal bar groups, handling of high profile cases.

• Darrell Tillar Mason. Chaired Virginia State Bar mandatory insurance study committee.

• Jennifer McClellan, Verizon Corporation. Work as a member of the House of Delegates and as chair of the VSB Young Lawyers Conference.

• Wiley F. Mitchell Jr., Willcox & Savage. Pro bono work on behalf of a client in the wind farm case before the State Corporation Commission.

• David A. Oblon, Albo & Oblon. Community activities and firm development.

• W. Taylor Reveley III, College of William & Mary. Selection as the new W&M president, work on War Powers Commission.

• Carol Schrier-Polak, Bean, Kinney & Korman. Led effort to change therapist testimony statute.

• Mark E. Slaughter, Troutman Sanders LLP. Work on behalf of the Virginia Beach Bar Foundation, including organization of Law Day gala.

• Stephen E. Smith, Brain Injury Law Center. Leadership in field and work on behalf of brain injury clients.

• Rodney A. Smolla, Washington & Lee law school. Developed innovative third-year program at W&L.

• Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP. Chaired Virginia Bar Association Commission on Professionalism.

• Jacob P. Stroman IV, Spotsylvania County Attorney. Chaired committee that published pro bono manual for Local Government Attorneys.

• John L. Walker III, Williams Mullen. Work to establish Nuremberg courtroom at the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

• Jay M. Weinberg, Hirschler Fleischer. Work to establish Nuremberg courtroom at the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On the case in the Sixth Circuit

In the case I argued for a Title VII plaintiff last month in Cincinnati, the Sixth Circuit has now issued its decision, reversing the District Court and sending the case back for trial.

The opinion by Judge Clay is here.

Someone asked me which did I prefer, the Sixth Circuit or the Fourth Circuit. And, the answer at least for this week is the Sixth Circuit, but that will wear off.