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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27-Litigation Tactics (Including Misrepresentations, Tape Recordings)

As long as it violates no court rule, a lawyer may contact jurors after their term has expired to determine if they considered extraneous factors in reaching an earlier verdict. Preventing such contact would preclude a lawyer from determining if "the verdict might be subject to legal challenge." The Bar affirmed its earlier LEOs prohibiting a lawyer from sending thank-you letters to members of the jury, because they could be seen as attempting to influence jurors' actions in future jury service.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn