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There they go again

What are they thinking? Another week, another person charged with having drugs while coming to court for a different offense. Earlier this month, we reported on a guy in Suffolk who emptied his pockets to go through a metal detector ...

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Souvenirs from Arizona

The Virginia Lawyers Weekly editorial team brought home two company-wide editorial awards from the Dolan Media Editorial and Circulation Summit held last week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dolan Media Company conducts the Samuel B. Spencer Journalism Awards each year, gathering nominations ...

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A Toast to TJ

Today, April 13, is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Tom would be 267 if he were here to blow out the candles on his cake. As an alternative way to celebrate his day, every year the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection ...

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Legal Destination: Weems-Botts Museum

Take a drive from Northern Virginia to Richmond and while you’re in Prince William County, you’ll no doubt see the brown sign that reads, “Weems-Botts Museum, Exit 152A.” Not much detail there, but the Weems-Botts Museum is a project maintained ...

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Lawyer Once-Were: Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael was one of America’s great songwriters of the 20th century. He penned “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind” and “Heart and Soul,” just to name a few. But Carmichael (right) also was a guy who earned a law degree ...

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Introducing the W&M griffin

The College of William & Mary’s long nightmare of having no mascot came to an end today. The Tribe’s new mascot is…the griffin. It’s a critter that’s half eagle and half lion. Symbolizes boldness and courage, according to the word ...

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They call it dope for a reason

Lawyer-comedian Bob Battle has a great routine in which he recounts dumb lines that cops have heard after stopping a suspected drunken driver. Here’s one: Cop: May I see your license and registration? Driver: Sure. Here, hold my beer. This ...

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Good Guy: Henry McLaughlin

The Central Virginia Legal Aid Society held a tribute luncheon for outgoing executive director Henry McLaughlin yesterday. McLaughlin fought the good fight for 32 years, serving as the leader of CVLAS since 1981. He is leaving to open a private ...

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