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Taking Stock Of Your Career (access required)

You’ve been practicing law awhile now, and, well, it just doesn’t seem to match what you thought you’d be doing at this time in your life. School was great — an intense intellectual challenge, and you were good at it. ...

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Are You Happy With The Law? (access required)

Many lawyers, of course, are happy with their careers. According to Arron, the contented ones tend to share a dozen personality traits. Contented lawyers are: Lovers of learning. Focused on detail. Respectful of the rules. Strongly analytical. Achievement-oriented. Competitive. Steady ...

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Perform a Self-Assessment (access required)

Deborah Arron’s book What Can You Do with a Law Degree? includes numerous tools to help frustrated lawyers get a handle on what they really would like to be doing. The following are gleaned from her list of “quick and ...

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Jury in Norfolk Awards a Record for Title VII (access required)

A Norfolk jury has awarded $1.45 million to a woman who contended she was fired from her job as a flight attendant because she complained about sexual harassment by a pilot. The award is thought to be the biggest single-plaintiff ...

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Five Circuits to Hold VSB Council Elections (access required)

Ballots are about to go out in five circuits for contested elections on the Virginia State Bar Council. The ballots will be sent out by mid-April. They are due back to the VSB by May 1, and the results will ...

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Couple Gets $500K for Mistreatment By Cops (access required)

A federal magistrate judge has awarded $500,000 to a Louisa County couple after finding their constitutional rights had been violated by a “cop with an attitude.” U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler ruled March 31 that Brenda and Tony Park ...

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Donald N. Patten Will Be New VTLA President (access required)

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association often chooses as its president a tough-talking big-verdict winner who wears a love for the jury system and the role of the plaintiff’s lawyer on his or her sleeve. Donald N. Patten, who assumed the ...

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Man Who Filled Out Petitions Is Convicted (access required)

A nonlawyer who filled out bankruptcy petitions for people has been convicted of unauthorized practice of law and ordered to serve six months in jail by a Prince William County general district court judge. The man, Cheyenne Jessie, was a ...

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VSB Criminal Law Section Worried About Dues Hike (access required)

Members of the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section have expressed concern over the VSB’s decision last year to increase the amount it charges specialty sections for administrative costs. VSB leaders voted last fall to increase the administrative fee from ...

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When A Solo Dies (access required)

Nobody likes to think about it, but it’s a fact of life: People young as well as old die or become disabled unexpectedly. If that happens to a solo lawyer, what will happen to his or her practice? Too often, ...

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