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10 more ways to guarantee your press release is toast (access required)

Putting out a press release is one of the best ways for a law firm or business to make an announcement. The best releases provide a straightforward lead paragraph that follows the well-known journalism-school pattern: Include the who, what, where ...

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Off to the dubitante ball

Federal law prohibits making threats to injure someone else. The statute, 18 U.S.C. § 875(c), has been on the books since the 1930s, and it has been used to prosecute everything from extortion to stalking to basic promises to commit ...

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Don’t know much about history…

Some intern in New York will never live this one down. Former NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong died over the weekend, but as noted at JimRomenesko.com, it wasn’t reported that way on the NBC News website:

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Redskins’ arguments out of bounds

Tom Tupa, one-time punter for the Washington Redskins, suffered a back injury in 2005 warming up before a preseason game at FedEx Field in Maryland. Tupa’s career was over. He filed for workers’ compensation, a claim that the Redskins and ...

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Apple Kool-Aid, made sweeter

If you’ve got an iPad or an iPhone, or both, you’ll want to check out the Wall Street Journal’s list of tips and tricks every iOwner should know. For example, you can take a screenshot by pressing two buttons together ...

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How to stay ethical on social media

Remember that the new rules are the old rules when you’re blogging, tweeting or posting on Facebook. Watch what you say about pending cases and your clients. Don’t solicit business and don’t forget the rules on recommendations. If you’re a ...

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VBA’s McGhee now leads national bar execs group

Yvonne Cockram McGhee, the executive director of the Virginia Bar Association, has become president of the National Association of Bar Executives. McGhee assumed her new post Aug. 2 at NABE’s annual meeting in Chicago, which was held in conjunction with ...

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Court-appointed fraud?

Some criminal defendants who have property and means for paying for a lawyer are getting away with a dodge – they ask for, and get, a court-appointed lawyer paid on the public dime, according to a news report by A.J. ...

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Isn’t it ironic?

The Capitol Bell Tower in Richmond sits nestled in the lower left corner of the Capitol Grounds in downtown Richmond. It has a rich history – it has been in the same location since 1824, and it has been used ...

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The write stuff

Frank L. Visco is a New York-based copywriter who hit gold in 1986 with a piece in Writer’s Digest. Entitled “How to Write Good,” the article provides 23 pointers on … good writing. It continues to circulate across the Internet. ...

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