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From the Desk of the President—Midyear Legal Seminar

On Friday March 27th, we canceled the Virginia State Bar's planned Midyear Legal Seminar trip to Israel.  The decision was based primarily on a U.S. State Department advisory:  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/israel.html, "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements."  We were forced to conclude there were potential difficulties some of our VSB members might face in obtaining entry to Israel.  Additionally, we were well short of the required number of confirmed attendees necessary for the trip to proceed. 

President-elect Edward L. Weiner, chair of the Midyear Legal Seminar Committee, communicated with the Israeli Embassy.  An embassy official expressed a desire to facilitate the trip but acknowledged that security protocols are strict and could lead to exclusion or restriction of some VSB members. 

In the face of this information, we felt it necessary and appropriate to forego this trip.  This was not a political decision and is not a "boycott."  We are an inclusive organization and do not discriminate against any religion.

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