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Keys to the Kingdom

Members of the Virginia State Bar have unique opportunities to help our communities and its citizenry.

By Jon D. Huddleston, July 29, 2009

I am continually impressed with the level of community commitment of lawyers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. During my tenure as President, I will be sharing with you — through our video project, The Big Picture, and through a series of essays written by and about Virginia lawyers called Reflections — the stories of some of Virginia's brightest citizen lawyers. I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us at TheBigPicture@vsb.org.

Lawyers invariably seek to give back. They serve on local boards. They build houses for Habitat for Humanity. They raise money. They coach our youth. They do it because they have a passion for this cause. They do it because they feel it is the right thing to do. Invariably, they do it anonymously, seeking neither attention nor acclaim. My hope this year is to introduce you to many of our lawyers throughout Virginia who are walking the walk.
 
In July, we began sharing a series of interviews with Virginia lawyers. We have a YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/VirginiaStateBar, for the display of their interviews. I hope you will enjoy meeting many of our best over the next year. I know but a small number of these dedicated community servants. If this describes a lawyer in your area, let me know. We’d love to try to tell his or her story.
 
I have also asked several lawyers to write essays about their lives as lawyers to be posted at http://www.vsb.org/site/about/va-good-lawyers/#reflections over the next year. I hope I can introduce our bar to many more attorneys who speak and write eloquently about their practice, their profession, their community, and what drives them as people. I hope you will find the message of these Virginia lawyers both interesting and inspirational.
 
Shortly before I graduated from law school, before my own passage from student to member of the bar, one of my professors noted that as lawyers we were being given the keys to the kingdom. He meant that we would have opportunities to help our communities and its citizenry in ways previously unavailable, simply by virtue of our admission to the bar. He envisioned that we would have the opportunity to make the difference in this world that Roberto Clemente deemed so essential. Join me over the next twelve months in meeting many Virginia attorneys who truly are “difference makers.”
 
Virginia Is for Good Lawyers. 

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