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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Chesterfield clerk sues chief judge (access required)

Chesterfield County Circuit Clerk Judy L. Worthington has filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of Virginia against Chief Judge Michael C. Allen. Worthington has asked for writ of prohibition and a writ of mandamus in a dispute involving the ...

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VBA, VTLA join forces in ‘Family Law Coalition’ (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association are joining forces to restructure the VBA Coalition Committee on Family Law Legislation. The VBA formed the coalition in 1996 to bring bar groups together to evaluate family law legislation ...

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The well-written retainer letter (access required)

A well-crafted retainer letter is crucial for attorneys in all practice areas and in all types of firms, from solo to in-house, says Carolyn Elefant. A solo attorney in Washington, D.C., and author of the legal blog “My Shingle” at ...

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Rules for good writing apply to wording of e-mails (access required)

Good writing does not begin and end with formal documents. For many lawyers, much of our time each day is spent writing e-mails. E-mails live on forever, are much more public than private letters and have the ability to be ...

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Put plan for recession survival in place before income slows (access required)

Law firms are no strangers to the boom-and-bust mode of operation, and it’s been apparent for some time that the “bust” phase is here. Of course, small firms and solo practices face the valley of lean times frequently, sometimes more ...

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Obituaries (access required)

Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Robert E. Shepherd Jr., professor emeritus at the University of Richmond law school and a tireless advocate for children and the disadvantaged, died Thursday, Dec. 11. He was 71. A graduate of Washington and Lee University ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Robert B. “Chip” Delano Jr., a shareholder and member of the risk management practice group at Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, received the Defense Research Institute Community Service Award. Delano was recognized by the DRI for having continuously served for ...

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Fairfax board promises help to redevelop Tysons (access required)

TYSONS CORNER—The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors promised last week to act quickly to help redevelop Tysons Corner, after property owners and local leaders complained that bureaucracy has slowed the sprawling suburb’s transformation to an urban center. Board members said ...

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Ex-PD in Lexington to serve 30 days in jail (access required)

A former assistant public defender in Lexington will serve 30 days in jail after pleading no contest earlier this month to misdemeanor sexual assault. Robert Armstrong was charged with attempting to have a female client perform a sex act during ...

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VCU degree-awarding matter concluded (access required)

The agency that accredits Virginia Commonwealth University says the university won’t face sanctions or warnings in its handling of the case of the improper awarding of a bachelor’s degree to Richmond’s former police chief. Belle S. Wheelan, president of the ...

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