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5 top lawyers share insight into their careers

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There are more than 24,000 lawyers practicing in the state of Virginia and over 56,000 practicing in DC, according to recent data from the American Bar Association. Think about it. When was the last time you went to a dinner party, kids’ soccer practice or other local gathering where you didn’t bump into a lawyer? The point is: There are literally tens of thousands of lawyers in this region. So, when you need one (for more than just cocktail-party chatter), it can be hard to know where to start. With Northern Virginia Magazine’s annual Top Lawyers list, now you do. We interviewed a few to find out what it’s really like to be a lawyer in the DMV.

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Deborah D. Cochran

Cochran Allan

What do you love about being a lawyer?
Every day I come to work and get to meet with interesting people. My job is to listen to my client’s concerns and goals and to help develop a plan to alleviate their worries and concerns. Developing an estate plan is like putting a puzzle together and is very rewarding when it all comes together in a way that honors my clients’ wishes and best preserves their assets for their heirs. I love to help clients make their decisions and see them visibly relax and feel more secure and confident with the process.

Tell us a favorite client memory.
My funniest memory is when I took my young son to the bank to meet with a client on a Saturday after her mom died because she needed help going through her mother’s papers. My son ended up leaving his bottle of milk in the safe deposit box and nobody noticed for a week. You can imagine how awful the bank smelled after that!

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Elaine Charlson Bredehoft

Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, PC

What inspired you to become a lawyer?
I have wanted to be a lawyer since I was 6 years old. I had a first grade teacher who picked on weaker students and I would stand up to her on their behalf. My dad was a trial lawyer and I would sometimes wake up late at night, and watch him with his legal pad, talking to himself and working on his arguments for trial. In third grade, I petitioned for two snow hills so the fifth and sixth graders would not be able push the third and fourth graders off the hill so easily. Everyone in the third and fourth grade signed my petition. From then on, there were two snow hills. I continued throughout school to advocate for changes, including girls no longer had to wear skirts and girls did not have to take home economics while boys took shop. I learned that when I worked hard and spoke out against unfairness, we were able to effect change.

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Peter D. Greenspun

Greenspun Shapiro, PC

What inspired you to become a lawyer?
It is a long and funny story, but I had a retired uncle in Philadelphia who was a court watcher with a small group of older, retired men. They went to federal court every day and watched trials. They were known to the judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers, and had a true insider track on what was happening. After college, law school became a somewhat default choice as to what was next. There is much more to the story, but this was the start.

What do you love about being a lawyer?
It is a bit corny, but simply helping people get the best result possible, and also helping them—and often their families—move forward. Pretty regularly I receive a letter or email from someone we represented years ago, telling me how well they are doing. That is just terrific, and makes my day.

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Susan M. Pesner

Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers, PLC

Tell us about a favorite client memory.
Oh, there are so many—completing a sale or a purchase of a home for a client is always very satisfying and I enjoy each one of those settlements. Additionally, the past few years I was appointed by the court in settlement of two intra-family litigations and served as a court-appointed trustee of family trusts/partnerships that owned valuable Fairfax County real estate. I solicited bids, negotiated contracts, maintained and insured the properties, shepherded the process of rezoning and/or subdivision of the properties into building lots in order to achieve the highest prices for the families and completed settlement and disbursement. I think my calm approach after years of litigation was comforting for the families and allowed the process to flow with minimal confrontations and very few bumps in the road.

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Sonya L. Powell

Powell Radomsky, PLLC

What do you love about being a lawyer?
Family law attorneys are so different in that clients trust you with their most personal information, good and bad. It is humbling to have clients feel that their trust is well-placed and to know that how you represent them can affect their lives in profound ways, such as custody and finances.

Tell us a favorite client memory?
It is always a great feeling to have cases in trial go your way and where you feel that everything you did was exactly right and you and the judge are on the same page on all the issues. But, my favorite memories of clients are not of the wins in trial. It is of clients who come to see me and they are initially overwhelmed, sad, depressed or just afraid. I put together strategies, to-do lists and hopefully give them a sense of power or hope. To see clients become stronger, confident or better co-parents at the end of the process is wonderful and keeps me doing what I am doing.

This post originally appeared in our December 2019 issue. For more profiles on NoVA community members, subscribe to our newsletters.

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Leftists Suddenly Love John Bolton As He Becomes the Great Hope of the Resistance

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. National security adviser John Bolton during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Hell has officially frozen over.

John Bolton, once derided as possessing an evil only second to Dick Cheney, now finds himself in a rather odd position. Namely, he’s becoming the great hope of the resistance, as details are emerging that he opposed Giuliani’s machinations with Ukraine.

This sent blue-checkmark journos and left-wing agitators rushing to latch onto what Bolton had reportedly said.

The editorializing by the Times that Bolton was “so alarmed” is fairly typical. What we know is that he wasn’t comfortable with Giuliani’s actions so he sent someone to check with White House lawyers on the legal aspects. That seems like a rather smart thing to do on his part. That’s not really scandalous, as it would have been Bolton’s job as a primary advisor to ensure there wouldn’t be blow-black. Even if Bolton was “alarmed” about Giuliani, and that’s a perfectly reasonable position to take, what is that supposed to add up to besides a guy’s opinion?

Further, what exactly does this mean in terms of impeachment or quantifying any supposed quid pro quo? Absolutely nothing. The fact that people were concerned, much like when dealing with the whistle-blower report itself, is not indicative of anything. Adam Schiff is spinning his wheels and he knows it. The transcript is out there. No further evidence has emerged (although they’ve desperately tried to pass some off) that points to any corroboration of corruption in the call. Ukraine did not know the aid was on hold and Trump never brought it up or threatened it. It’s really that simple.

We can argue all day whether discussing Biden was morally improper. It’s beside the point and a distraction. You don’t impeach a President a year before an election based on opinions of such matters. Where’s the high crime and misdemeanor here? It’s not there and no amount of interviews is going to suddenly produce it. The source document is out there and we know what it says.

As to the left suddenly embracing John Bolton, it’s hilarious in its own right. Bolton has been painted as a warmonger, human rights abuser, and awful human being by the Democrats for almost two decades. Now they want to look to him to provide fodder for their witch hunt? I have a feeling Bolton, even with his disagreements with Trump, isn’t going to be interested in playing that game.

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Black GOP candidate told to “stop eating the ‘coon flakes’ in KY AG race

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In case you haven’t fully gotten the message, African-American Democrats are really angry with any African-American Republican that embraces President Trump. Then, if an African-American Republican runs for an elected office, well, the racial slurs fly… from the Democrats. The race for Kentucky’s Attorney General is no different – just ask Daniel Cameron.

Daniel Cameron is an African-American Republican candidate for attorney general in Kentucky. He came under attack by Dawn Elliott, a liberal female African-American lawyer and co-host of a political talk radio show, this week. Cameron is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo, a 67-year-old white Democrat who is a former Attorney General of Kentucky and long-time state lawmaker.

Cameron, a former general counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, proudly announced his endorsement by President Trump — and that didn’t sit well with Ms. Elliott. She told Cameron to “stop eating the coon flakes”. Yikes! In the mind of Elliott, Trump is “trying to destroy” black people. Hyperbole, much?

But Dawn Elliott, who said Cameron needs to “stop eating the ‘coon flakes’ the White House is serving,” isn’t backing down. The outspoken radio show host said the association with Trump is a slap in the face to African Americans and that Cameron needs to explain his position to black voters.

“To sit there and be so proud of someone who is an open racist is shameful,” said Elliott, an attorney who co-hosts a political talk show on WLOU 1350 AM. “Why would anyone of color want to side with someone who is trying to destroy us?”

Daniel Cameron explained he is a life-long Republican and doesn’t need to be told what to think by Democrats, thank you very much.

Republicans in Kentucky haven’t held the Office of Attorney General since World War II. If elected, the former University of Louisville football player would be the first African-American to hold the seat. It sounds like maybe Ms. Elliott is a bit nervous that in Trump-friendly Kentucky, Cameron may have a shot at victory with Trump’s endorsement. Her ugly talk speaks more about herself than it does about Mr. Cameron.

The Republican Party of Kentucky is publicizing the fact that they have three non-white candidates running for state-wide offices while the Democrats have none. Ms. Elliott’s concern may be justified in her concern if more African-American Democrats look to electing a candidate based on his race rather than his political party affiliation.

Louisville sports radio host Raashaan Myers, a Democrat, said he is keeping an open mind about Cameron’s historic bid.

“Anytime you can have a first and have an African American have an opportunity to do something new, it’s motivating and I love it,” said Myers, who is black. “You can still be excited for Daniel whether Donald Trump likes him or doesn’t like him. I’m not going to allow Trump to tell me who I should or shouldn’t support.”

During an interview with guest host Brian Kilmeade on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, Cameron addressed a political flyer distributed by his opponents with an Old West-style theme. The “Most Wanted” poster is of McConnell and Cameron with a reference to Big Pharma. He said he’s seen worse.

“This is not about me,” he said. “Enough is enough. The black community is told day in and day out they have to speak with one voice and that is the voice of the Democratic Party.”

Continuing to respond to the criticisms, Cameron said Democrats preach “tolerance” but appear intolerant when it comes to political viewpoints that run counter to theirs.

We’ll see what happens on Tuesday, November 5 when Kentucky voters go to vote.

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Harvard punishes law faculty deans for … representing Harvey Weinstein?

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Out: Lawyers are to be commended for defending unpopular clients. In, at least at HarvardBlame lawyers for their clients!  After protests from students over their representation of Harvey Weinstein, Harvard punished two faculty deans by removing them from their posts:

A lawyer who was set to defend Harvey Weinstein in his upcoming rape trial has been dropped as a faculty dean at Harvard Law School.

Ronald Sullivan Jr., a veteran professor of law at the Ivy League school, will not be returning as faculty dean when his term runs out June 30, according to an emailed letter to students Saturday from Rakesh Khurana, dean of Harvard College. In the letter, Khurana cited student opposition to Sullivan’s defense of the disgraced Hollywood producer.

“Over the last few weeks, students and staff have continued to communicate concerns about the climate in Winthrop House to the college,” Khurana wrote. “The concerns expressed have been serious and numerous. … I have concluded that the situation … is untenable.”

Sullivan’s wife Stephanie Robinson is also being released from her duties as faculty dean at the end of June. The couple were the school’s first African-Americans to hold that position.

The kicker? Sullivan had already withdrawn from Weinstein’s team:

Ironically, Harvard’s decision comes just a day after Sullivan told the Manhattan judge overseeing Weinstein’s case that Sullivan would, in fact, be leaving the defense team.

Sullivan’s notice to the court is due to be made public Monday.

Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer told ABC News Saturday evening that Weinstein “is extremely grateful to Ronald Sullivan for his work with him until now, and for Ron’s offer to advise where he can going forward.”

“Mr. Sullivan believed that Mr. Weinstein deserved a vigorous defense, and it is a sad moment for us all right now,” Engelmayer said. “We, as a country, have now reached the point when a Harvard lawyer and professor cannot serve his duty to, and belief in, the law and defend a person who may be deemed unpopular or unworthy of a legal defense by segments of the public.”

That’s exactly correct, even if it comes from Weinstein’s defense team. And what’s more, we are usually lectured ad infinitum about that principle when it comes to other attorneys … especially those who go into politics. One would expect an institution like Harvard Law School to grasp this concept and defend it. Instead, as Robby Soave writes at Reason, Harvard caved to the mob:

Danu Mudannayake, one the students leading the campaign to remove Sullivan, described the professor’s representation of Weinstein as “not only upsetting, but deeply trauma-inducing” and evidence that he “does not value the safety of students he lives within Winthrop House.” According to Mudannayake and her fellow radicals, Sullivan has made Harvard an unsafe and hostile educational environment.

These are absurd accusations, and Khurana foolishly gave credence to them when he agreed to investigate Sullivan a few weeks ago. This was bad enough, but the results of that investigation are worse: Sullivan and Robinson are out. …

This is a disaster. The administration has endorsed the ridiculous notion that serving as legal counsel for a person accused of sexual misconduct is itself a form of sexual misconduct, or at the very least contributes to sexual harassment on campus. It is no exaggeration to say that Khurana has undermined one of the most important principles of modern, enlightened justice. He should be ashamed of himself.

By caving to the mob, Harvard has shown student-activists that it takes seriously their demands for a kind of broadly-defined safety that includes protection from ideas they don’t like. This outcome will undoubtedly embolden them.

You’d better believe it. Appeasement doesn’t work with dictators, and it doesn’t work with mobs. Harvard has now set a precedent for valuing “climate” over principles, and momentary peace over due process and constitutional protections. They even chose the mob over identity politics, which really speaks volumes about their pusillanimity. Harvard isn’t educating adults; they’re providing a day care center for children run by cowards.

Every defendant deserves representation in court. The act of defending a client does not make a lawyer complicit in his or her crimes. If Harvard can’t figure that much out, it should close its law school and leave that education to others more intellectually and intestinally fortified to provide it.

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