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Venue: Covington (access required)

Covington attorney William T. Wilson said that often, people think of Covington as a “smelly mill town.” And he may be right. Covington is visually a mill town. As drivers crest the last hill on the road into town, industry ...

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Misdiagnosis yields $1M (access required)

A Suffolk jury has awarded $1 million to a woman who suffered osteoporosis after her doctor misdiagnosed her with Lupus and placed her on steroids. The woman experienced a 40 percent loss of bone density, suffered numerous compression fractures and ...

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Head injury nets $3.5M from Navy (access required)

A woman injured in an automobile accident has obtained a $3.5 million verdict in federal court in Norfolk. The 27-year-old mother of three suffered multiple injuries, including head injury and post-traumatic epilepsy, after her collision with a U.S. Navy van. ...

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Lawyer wins personal victory in education case (access required)

Richmond attorney Peter W.D. Wright has just lived an attorney’s dream. He has won a United States Supreme Court case-and the opinion was unanimous. But for Wright, the victory was even sweeter because he helped make law on a topic ...

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Mentor program reaches out to inner-city youth (access required)

Being a lawyer teaches a person not only legal skills-lawyering also builds leadership skills. And because of those leadership skills, a lawyer can help motivate and guide other people. That philosophy is the concept behind a new mentoring program that ...

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Ide calls for 'revolution' (access required)

VIENNA – Lawyers looking to correct the profession’s poor public image should start at the local level, said American Bar Association president R. William Ide III at a Fairfax Bar luncheon last week. Hundreds of thousands of small victories lead ...

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Change brings lawyers to Prince William (access required)

Prince William lawyers are waiting for a sequel. Since 1980, population in the county has grown 60 percent, bringing with it changes in the area’s economy, the practice of law and, yes, the traffic. And lawyers predict that growth will ...

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Dolson names priorities (access required)

When asked to name the most important issues now facing the legal profession, Fairfax lawyer Laurie L. Dolson lists two. One is access to the justice system. The other is client relations. And Dolson, the current president of the Fairfax ...

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VSB president makes most of unplanned moves (access required)

When new law school graduate R. Edwin Burnette Jr. first joined the Lynchburg law firm of Edmunds & Williams in 1978, he didn’t plan to do insurance defense work. He also didn’t plan to be president of the Virginia State ...

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Under the sea: Lawyers spar over Titanic (access required)

Two and one-half miles under the ocean, in the stormy North Atlantic, lies the wreck of the RMS Titanic. The bodies of the 1,522 that died there are gone. But the ship and the personal belongings of those who rode ...

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