In 1973 I served in my first session of the General Assembly of Virginia. Prior to leaving for Richmond, I was advised to keep my mouth shut and to never, never raise the ire of A.L. Philpott. We had some problem in Mecklenburg County, and I introduced legislation to address it. As the bill was called on second reading, I shuddered as Mr. Philpott rose and asked the Speaker if I would yield for a question. He asked: "Does the gentleman realize the bill is in violation of the Constitution of Virginia?" Since I am not an attorney, I had no idea that this was the case. He proceeded to expand his questions. At the end of his statement he asked the Speaker if I would allow this measure to go by for the day. I don't know if I have ever been happier. As I sat down, A.L. was standing by my seat offering amendments to correct the flaws in my bill.
Lewis W. Parker Jr.,
A Tribute to A.L. Philpott,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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