May 01, 2018

Bridging the Great Divide: (Inn)formal Communication Between Judges and Lawyers

By Malinda E. Dunn

Informal communication between judges and lawyers is, and has been, the subject of much concern. No lawyer or judge wants to engage in inappropriate or unethical communication. On the other hand, as Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, Supreme Court of Virginia, so eloquently observes, “It is unrealistic and unwise for judges to be isolated from the bar.”

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