Northern Virginia Chapter Brown Bag Lunch & CLE at Fairfax County Circuit Court

Thursday, October 20, 2016


All The Things We Can't Say

A Virginia Lawyer's Obligation to Confidentiality & Professional Comportment

  • How do we graciously decline to answer questions that we just can't?
  • How can we talk meaningfully about processes, while preserving privilege/seal?
  • How can we argue a Motion to Withdraw in a way that meets our ethical duties to our client & the court?
  • How can we best work for improved processes without identifying fail-points?
  • How can we gently correct a colleague/superior? Must we? Ought we? 
  • How do we diplomatically, but authentically, discuss challenges in practice areas?
  • Is there still something unique in a "Virginia Lawyer"? What does that mean regarding professional comportment?
  • Balancing the client's best interest in a litigation, with identifying opposing counsel's unprofessional conduct?
  • How to, and when to, graciously bow-out of a social-professional conversation?
  • What resources does the Virginia Bar Offer for guidance on ethical comportment?  


Justice Jane Marum Roush, Supreme Court of Virginia (Ret.)
Judge Teena Grodner, Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court (Ret.)
Beth Bittel, Esq., The Law Offices of Beth Bittel, PC
Su Yong Min, Esq., The Law Offices of Su Yong Min, PLLC


Fairfax County Circuit Court
4110 Chain Bridge Rd
Room 404
Fairfax, VA 22030

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