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To the editor: Unless things have changed since I sought admission to the Virginia Bar as an experienced lawyer, James H. Johnston’s May 16 commentary [" Attorneys at the Gate," Page 61] inappropriately concludes that Virginia is more favorable to foreign experienced lawyers than is Maryland. In 1997, I had to retake the multistate and take the full essay exam administered to new law school graduates because I could not certify that my full-time practice would be in Virginia. In other words, an intent to spend some portion of my time practicing in Virginia was not enough; I would have to have moved my office to Virginia. Oh, what I would have given to take the equivalent of the Maryland attorneys’ exam to gain admission to Virginia. Jonathan M. Stern Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis Washington, D.C. James H. Johnston replies: Virginia’s rule inhibits multijurisdictional practice, whereas Maryland’s rule is an entry barrier. Therefore, although someone like Jonathan Stern, who is interested in practicing in more than one state, sees the Virginia rule as more onerous than the Maryland rule, I was trying to keep the focus on entry barriers. To the editor: California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown’s criticism of her state’s unfair competition law [" Janice Rogers Brown's Business Record," May 16, 2005, Page 12] might have put her in the court minority in 1998, but her view won the strong endorsement of a majority of Californians last November when, by an overwhelming 59 percent margin, they approved an initiative that stopped private lawyer lawsuits brought on behalf of phantom clients with no evidence of injury or financial loss. John H. Sullivan President, Civil Justice Association of California Sacramento, Calif.

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