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2012 Legal Elite Profile: CRIMINAL LAW

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ALAN D. ALBERT 
LeClairRyan 
Norfolk and Richmond 

NewsTitle: Shareholder 
Other legal specialties: Intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, environmental law
Birthplace:  Christiansburg
Education: Harvard College, bachelor’s degree, double concentration in government and economics (magna cum laude); University of Oxford (England), master’s degree (George C. Marshall Scholar); Harvard Law School, law degree (cum laude)
Spouse:   Charlotte L. Anders 
Children:  Amber Reed, 32; Alexander, 18; Caroline, 15 
Hobbies: “All things outdoors, including kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing and sailing; music.”
First job as a lawyer: Policy director and speechwriter, Baliles for Governor
Fan of:  Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots
Favorite vacation spot:  St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 
Recently read books: “Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America” by Cullen Murphy and “1791: Mozart’s Last Year” by H.C. Robbins Landon
Career mentors: “James C. Roberts and Wayne Lustig (two tremendous lawyers, and even better human beings)”

What was your most memorable case?
“United States v. Holland, a dismissal of 31-count federal criminal case against a sitting state senator/bank chairman and bank president son at the conclusion of government’s case, coupled with recovery of largest attorneys’ fee award for vexatious prosecution in history of Hyde Amendment.”

Parole was abolished in Virginia in 1995. How has that affected criminal justice in the commonwealth?  
“As a practical matter, the abolition of parole has (1) tied the hands of judges in fashioning sentences and (2) discouraged trial of criminal cases and especially trial by jury in criminal cases. A lengthy jury-imposed sentence is unlikely to be modified by the court and is essentially unalterable once imposed.  The result has been a significant increase in plea bargaining and ultimately corrections costs, as we ‘warehouse’ defendants who otherwise would be candidates for rehabilitation and earlier reintegration into the community.”


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