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Plan strategies to deal with difficult people (access required)

Consider the difficult people in your life. Your biggest client yells at you-in public-when displeased with your work. Your partner thinks the firm will lose every case. And your associate seems happy to do anything you ask her to-but you ...

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Do tougher DUI laws matter? (access required)

Following last Thursday’s House of Delegates passage of a DUI bill that would make Virginia’s drunken driving laws among the strongest in the nation (see sidebar), the question arises of how effective the measure would be if signed into law. ...

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Online resources an equalizer for small firms (access required)

For some lawyers, the phrase “online research” may bring to mind an image of a lawyer sitting at a keyboard in a plush, high-rise office, typing search terms into a computer that is linked to a legal database. But online ...

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Mentor program underway (access required)

A mentoring program for Richmond youths, which is run through the city’s juvenile courts, is now underway. The program kicked off last week with a training session for the first group of mentors, who were recruited by the Richmond and ...

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Arlington attorneys keep small town atmosphere in Northern Va. (access required)

Directly across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital sits the county of Arlington. Because of its location, encircled by the urban jumble of Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, one would expect the area to be saturated with lawyers. But ...

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Assisted suicide laws debated (access required)

When people who are terminally ill wish to end their suffering, they sometimes ask their doctors for help in dying. But doctors who heed their patients’ calls for help may later find themselves prosecuted. In the past, proposals to legalize ...

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Practice Tip: Screening your clients (access required)

This article is Part One in a two-part series At 10:00 on Monday morning, you decide to work on your most important client’s file, and you ask your secretary to hold all calls until 11:00. How can you be sure ...

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Lawn mower accident brings record verdict (access required)

A Southwest Virginia woman who lost two fingers after catching her hand in a lawn mower has obtained a $2 million jury verdict in her suit against the lawn mower manufacturer. The plaintiff’s hand became entangled in the mower’s belt ...

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Getting even: Lawyer counters Miller "rodeo" ad (access required)

The first time Colonial Heights lawyer Neil Kuchinsky saw the Miller Brewing Company’s “Big Lawyer Round-Up” ad, which features a bar crowd eagerly cheering on a lawyer-roping competition, he was watching TV with his nine-year-old daughter. As the commercial ran, ...

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Assembly to consider small claims court bill (access required)

The General Assembly next session will consider legislation that would make small claims court an option for any locality. Two pilot small claims court projects have been operating in Arlington and Fairfax counties for the past three and five years, ...

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