2021 HEALTH LAW Q&A
Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Sherwin
Kaufman & Canoles PC, Norfolk
Other legal specialties: Some trusts and estate litigation and guardianship/conservatorship support
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Wellesley College; law degree, William & Mary School of Law
Children: I am the mom to my two littles, Oliver (7th grade) and Carolina (4th grade) — best job ever!
First job as a lawyer: Law clerk to the Hon. Rebecca Beach Smith, chief judge at the time,
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Fan of: Diversity and inclusion
Recently read book: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson — everyone should read it.
Career mentors: My dad, Alvin Powers Anderson. We practiced law together for a number of years, prior to his passing in 2008. He placed great emphasis on genuinely caring for your clients, and I learned a lot from him in how best to balance practice and family (which can sometimes be friends, the family you choose for yourself).
What unique issues is the pandemic presenting for attorneys? While virtual technology is wonderful to stay connected and continue to move your case forward, sometimes there is no substitute for being physically present with your client. Some clients have relocated during this time and significant travel is required to see them! In addition, courts (and trials) are very different from what we remember pre-pandemic, and lots of adjustments are required to be made by counsel.