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Spring has sprung, and the annual battle between two big-box home improvement stores is under way. The stakes are these: Lowe’s and Home Depot both sell a lot of flowering plants, and a lot of gardening paraphenalia. The companies spend ...

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eMarket, eMarket…

You want to start a marketing campaign for your law practice that focuses on email. You know that Virginia’s spam laws are pretty strict and you don’t want to end up blacklisted or a permanent resident of everyone’s spam box. ...

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Celebrating 22 years of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms” (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly has been publishing for 25 years, since 1986. We’ve been publishing our “Largest Law Firms” feature for 22 years, since 1989. This week’s issue contains the magazine insert with the 2011 edition of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms.” ...

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Kenney named U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

Brian F. Kenney will be the new U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Alexandria. The judges of the 4th U.C. Circuit Court of Appeals tapped Kenney for the pending vacancy created when Judge Stephen S. Mitchell announced he will retire from the ...

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Can I buy a vowel?

The historic Hotel John Marshall in downtown Richmond closed its doors in 1988. A landmark on the Richmond skyline since it opened in 1929, a generation of lawyers will remember their bar swearing-in there. It’s been closed for years, but ...

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VLW honored at Virginia Press Association awards

NORFOLK–Virginia Lawyers Weekly won first place for feature story writing at the 2010 Virginia Press Association news, editorial and photo awards, announced Saturday night at the VPA’s annual meeting in Norfolk. The winning piece was “A Veterans Day Story,” written ...

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High court ‘rookie’ offers do’s and don’ts for lawyers (access required)

HOT SPRINGS—Lawyers appearing before the Supreme Court of Virginia only get 15 minutes of oral argument. So make sure your best and most persuasive arguments are clearly laid out in your briefs, said Justice William C. Mims. Mims celebrated exactly ...

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Barely there

Fairfax Circuit Judge Jane Roush and Abingdon lawyer Mary Lynn Tate provided a “Tort Law Update” on recent cases from the Supreme Court of Virginia at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association convention on April 2. In particular, they commended the ...

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Knock three times

Did you hear the one about the allegedly drunken judge arrested on his way to a toga party? Actually, he was arrested wearing a bedsheet. And he was at a judicial conference, so it’s unlikely there was a toga party ...

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Oh, yes, he’s the Great…

Supreme Court Justice Bill Mims celebrated exactly one year on the job last Friday with a talk to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association entitled, “Reflections from the End of the Bench: Musings of a Rookie Justice.” Mims will graduate to ...

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