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VLW honored by VPW

Virginia Lawyers Weekly received three awards from the Virginia Press Women, including a first-place for news reporting, when the VPW announced the winners of its 2012 Communications Contest this past weekend.

VLW Executive Editor Deborah Elkins gained a top honor in the category of news reporting for a non-daily newspaper. Her entries were a story on a law firm’s win against its former secretary and an article on the perils for lawyers who ignore social media.

Elkins earned second place in the headline writing category. The entry included four headlines published throughout 2011, including “Food fight: Mardi Gras cake a piece of lawsuit,” a story on a federal employment case, and “Fee fights? Ho hum,” a piece on the relative unpopularity of the Virginia State Bar’s fee dispute resolution program.

Elkins’s article, “This is your brain. This is your brain on the bench,” on decision-making research geared toward judges, earned an honorable mention award in the category of feature story, non-daily newspaper.

The awards were announced at the VPW’s annual meeting April 28 in Harrisonburg.

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