These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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79-Communicating with a Governmental Adversary

A lawyer representing a child and parents adverse to a school board may directly contact school board employees who are not in a position to bind the school board. "The rule prohibiting an attorney's communication with adverse parties should be narrowly construed in the context of litigation with the government in order to permit reasonable access to witnesses for the purpose of uncovering evidence, particularly where no formal discovery processes exist."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn