Virginia is for good lawyers.

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Virginia is for Good Lawyers was awarded the Thomson Reuters Legal Luminary Award for Excellence in Marketing on Oct. 15, 2010. Read more: Virginia State Bar Wins National Award

It started as a project, but it has become a movement.

Virginia is for Good Lawyers is an initiative to recognize and learn about some of Virginia's finest citizen lawyers. It is also designed to promote community programs for lawyers and to educate and encourage discourse between lawyers and the public.

The lawyer's professional role traditionally includes devotion to public service, a facet of the philosophy of the citizen lawyer. Thomas Jefferson was a notable proponent of the citizen lawyer, believing that universities should be instructing law students to be good citizens and leaders of their communities, states, and nations.

Fortunately, there are many Virginia lawyers who are doing great things in their communities for the betterment of youth, neighborhoods, and the general public. Public service is as critical today as it ever has been. We welcome the opportunity to promote programs and organizations as well as introduce ideas that may be implemented in your community.

Virginia is for good lawyers. We tell good stories about good works.

Virginia is for good lawyers.




A collection of essays written by or about Virginia lawyers. The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Virginia State Bar.

Mentoring: Making a Difference in the Lives of Virginia's Children by Judge Randolph A. Beales (posted 11/01/10)

The Language of Law by Paul E. Fletcher (posted 07/17/10)

Skidding Through the Learning Curve by Hon. Robert J. Humphreys (posted 05/06/10)

Playing with the Great Ones by Michael J. Holleran, Esq. (posted 04/29/10)

What is the impact of your life on others? by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee (posted 04/27/10) 

Clay Feet by Sandra M. Rohrstaff, Esq. (posted 04/15/10)

Would You Like Some Good Barbecue? by Howard W. Martin Jr., Esq. (posted 04/13/10) 

My Journey by The Honorable Walter S. Felton Jr. (posted 03/25/10)

Just One More Thing … by Jean P. Dahnk, Esq. (posted 03/22/10) 

Babe by The Honorable Johanna L. Fitzpatrick (Ret.) (posted 03/16/10) 

An education in client-centered law practice by John Crouch, Esq. (posted 03/11/10) 

All Jokes Aside, the Grumbling is Probably Good News by Christopher Gatewood, Esq. (posted 03/09/10)

Friday Night Lights by The Honorable Rossie D. Alston Jr. (posted 02/25/10)

Do Not Go To Your Left by David P. Bobzien, Esq. (posted 02/11/2010)

Asking Why & Pursuing Justice by Hope R. Amezquita, Esq. (posted 01/26/2010)

Just Be Quiet by Brian M. Hirsch, Esq. (posted 01/11/2010)

Get Unwired or Come Unglued by Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek (posted 10/23/2009)

What I Learned Outside the Law Office by Joseph A. Condo, Esq. (posted 09/22/2009)

Is There Life After Law? by Frank J. Ceresi, Esq. (posted 09/15/2009)

Why I Became a Lawyer by James W. Korman, Esq. (posted 08/28/2009)

Running the Relay: Passing the Bar and Passing the Baton by Frank Overton Brown Jr., Esq. (posted 08/10/2009)

Why I Enjoy Coaching and Umpiring Softball by Hon. Pamela L. Brooks (posted 08/07/2009)

Lawyers Are All About Family by Andrea R. Stiles, Esq. (posted 08/06/2009)

Practice on the Frontier: Vignettes of Small Town Life by George W. Shanks, Esq. (posted 08/05/2009)

Law is More Than a Profession … It’s a Calling by Lynne Marie Kohm, Esq. (posted 07/31/2009)

A Passion for the Process by Jack W. Burtch Jr., Esq. (posted 07/13/2009)




Presidents Message Columns


President’s Message, Virginia Lawyer Magazine - April 2010 (pdf)

President’s Message, Virginia Lawyer Magazine - February 2010 (pdf)

President’s Message, Virginia Lawyer Magazine - December 2009 (pdf)

President’s Message, Virginia Lawyer Magazine - October 2009 (pdf)

President’s Message, Virginia Lawyer Magazine - June/July 2009 (pdf)




VSB News Items

09/17/2009 | VA4GoodLawyers Twitter presence featured in Daniel Schwartz Legal Rebel Interview

08/26/2009 | President Huddleston’s Latest Big Picture Video Features Law Camp Program in Loudoun County

06/23/2009 | Jon D. Huddleston of Leesburg Is President of Virginia State Bar




Virginia is for Good Lawyers in the Press

Ganong, Rachel. "Jon Huddleston, B.A. '82, J.D. '86." William & Mary Alumni E-News. William & Mary, 30 Nov 2011. Web.

Welch-Donahue, Jaime. "Garde, J.D. '86, and Huddleston, B.A. '82, J.D. '86, Named Co-Recipients of 25th Reunion Distinguished Alumnus Award." William & Mary Law School News, 13 May 2011. Web.

"VSB, Huddleston recognized for 'Good Lawyers' Project." Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 25 Oct 2010. Print: 5.

The Big Picture, Episode 11, Interview with Judge Angela E. Roberts, featured on World News, Virginia Judge. Web.

Cooper, Alan "Image polishing germane to a state bar’s mission" The VLW Blog, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 14 Sept 2010. Web.

Vann, Kimberly. “Presidential communications: Getting your message out.” Bar Leader, July–August 2010, Volume 34, Number 6, July 2010. Print: 22.

Cooper, Alan "Looking Back at 2009: Top News Stories" The VLW Blog, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 14 Dec 2009. Web.


Not all gloom and doom

Enhancing the image of the legal profession seems to be a challenging and not always successful task, but VSB President Jon D. Huddleston ... made significant efforts in that regard this year.

Huddleston has engaged in a campaign to demonstrate that “Virginia is for Good Lawyers” by publicizing the contributions of citizen-lawyers on YouTube and other social media and by encouraging attorneys to contribute articles on the practice of law in the manner of the Edward R. Murrow “This I Believe” essays.


Legal Rebel Daniel Schwartz features VA4GoodLawyers in ABA Legal Rebels video interview

Cooper, Alan "Huddleston: Publicize ‘good works’ of lawyers on YouTube" Virginia Lawyers Weekly, June 29, 2009. Print.

Episodes of The Big Picture have been featured on The Virginia Lawyers Weekly home page

Leesburg Attorney Sworn In As Virginia State Bar President WTOP 103.5 FM

Wagoner, Jana "Leesburg Attorney Sworn In As Virginia State Bar President" Loudoun Times-Mirror, June 27, 2009

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Updated: Aug 14, 2018