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Important Opinions: January – December 2010

In this issue, the final edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2010, we present the Most Important Opinions that we have featured from this year. You’ll find more than 240 cases highlighted, from January to December. “Important Opinions” show up ...

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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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Helmet to helmet

If you’re a fan of pro football, you’ve no doubt heard of the National Football League’s crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits this year, with fines levied by the commissioner. James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers has become the poster child for ...

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Greene County official charged with UPL

The commissioner of revenue in Greene County has been charged with practicing law without a license. According to the Greene County Record, Larry Snow, 61, said that an elderly woman asked him for information on what she could do with ...

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A Justice for all seasons

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was in Richmond on Friday. And he took back a souvenir he said he’d never forget. Scalia, recently named Orator in Residence at the University of Richmond, gave a talk at UR in the ...

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Retirement, 21 years later

John Charles Thomas recently retired from the Supreme Court of Virginia. Wait a minute. Thomas hasn’t been on the court since 1989, you say. That’s true. In 1983, at age 32, Thomas became the first African-American to sit on the ...

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