Smolla Will Advise Woman on Legal Action Against the Times 

click to enlarge street45_smolla_200_0.jpg

A former dean of the University of Richmond law school has been hired by Washington lobbyist Vicki Iseman, who is considering a lawsuit against The New York Times over a story questioning her relationship with Sen. John McCain.

“She's retained me for general advice with regard to her dispute with The New York Times,” Rodney Smolla confirms. He declines to comment further.

On Feb. 21, the Times ran a lengthy story focusing on Iseman, a partner with the lobbying firm Alcade and Fay.

“Convinced the relationship had become romantic,” the Times reported, “some of [McCain's] top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman's access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.”

Iseman has denied having any kind of inappropriate relationship with McCain and told the National Journal that she believes three of her major clients terminated their relationships with her after the story broke.

Smolla became dean at the University of Richmond's law school in 2003 and left to become dean of Washington and Lee School of Law in 2007. A celebrated First Amendment scholar, Smolla defended the constitutional rights of cross-burners in a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court case, and is author of several books including “Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt.”


Latest in News and Features


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Amy Biegelsen

Connect with Style Weekly

Most Popular Stories

  • Starting Conversations

    Starting Conversations

    The Conciliation Lab finds a natural fit between theater and activism.
    • Feb 23, 2021
  • Designers, In Living Color

    Designers, In Living Color

    Richmond’s Black designers impart creativity, culture, cool – and lift – as they climb.
    • Feb 16, 2021
  • Diversity through Unity

    Diversity through Unity

    Two biggest local LGBTQ+ nonprofits join forces to further their impact.
    • Feb 23, 2021
  • The Big Smooch

    The Big Smooch

    That issue around Valentine’s Day when we spread some love to people, places and things that deserve shoutouts.
    • Feb 9, 2021
  • More »

Copyright © 2021 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation