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At this newspaper, we’re always looking for more information to present to you, and for better ways to present it. The opinion digests that we publish each week give you a heads-up on the latest cases decided by Virginia’s state ...

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Packer backer sacked

A guy in suburban Chicago was fired from his job yesterday…for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work. The Chicago Tribune reports that John Stone (right), a car salesman in Oak Lawn, Ill., showed up to work Monday wearing ...

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Jolly good Fellows (Class of 2011)

The Virginia Law Foundation held its annual induction dinner in Williamsburg last night. Induction as a Fellow is a special honor conferred by the VLF Board on selected Virginia attorneys, law professors, and retired members of the judiciary who are ...

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Calling all angels

The 2011 General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday, will be seeking to elect a new justice to take the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Koontz. Eight statewide bars have handed down endorsements, with the results a veritable crazy quilt ...

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When in doubt, look at the Code

When I was a newbie lawyer years ago, I got one of those nuggets of advice you hang on to. I was discussing case files with one of the partners, describing the legal research I’d done and what the case ...

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A call for war stories

With the General Assembly session starting in a month, the leaders of several state bar groups are seeking war stories about how the judicial hiring freeze is affecting the administration of justice in the commonwealth. A quick recap: Last year, ...

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A good month

Three partners at the Virginia Beach firm of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton had a busy month of November going. Each had a big case in the works. On Nov. 15, John Cooper, Jim Lewis and Rick Shapiro all left ...

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Eleven years later…

A circuit judge in Tennessee has been given a public reprimand by that state’s judicial ethics authorities for taking almost 11 years to issue a decision. Eleven years. Talk about task avoidance. The judge is Judge F. Lee Russell, who ...

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