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VLW’s parent company gets name change

Dolan Media Company, the parent company of Virginia Lawyers Media, announced today that it has received stockholder approval to change its corporate name to The Dolan Company. The Minneapolis-based company, a leading provider of professional services and business information to ...

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The Infield Fly Rule is not a rule of law

I was watching a baseball game the other day on TV when a batter popped up a pitch. “Infield fly rule,” one of the announcers was quick to say, as if that explained it all. You can look it up: ...

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How to mess up your job prospects

U.S. News & World Report published a handy list last week: “5 Do’s and Don’ts for College Students Using Social Media.” While aimed at college kids, this quick and basic primer on tools such as Facebook and Twitter is useful ...

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Pomp and circumstance

It’s graduation season, and all across Virginia, indeed the country, schools will be holding commencement ceremonies, conferring degrees and welcoming new members of the community of educated individuals. Some law schools graduate their students with everyone else, and some schools ...

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Tough all over

About 40,000 people will graduate from law school this month and next, and according to the Wall Street Journal, they face one of the worst hiring markets for new lawyers in a generation. One of the problems is supply and ...

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Keep it fresh

Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, formerly of the Supreme Court of Virginia and now of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has some advice for more senior lawyers: Don’t be afraid to try something new, even at a later stage ...

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Time to punt

Last week Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made the rounds at his office, passing out lapel pins with the Great Seal of Virginia on them. Well, not exactly the Great Seal as we know it today. The commonwealth’s current seal (at ...

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Gibney’s hearing is tomorrow

Richmond lawyer John A. Gibney, nominated by President Obama for a seat on the federal bench, has a date with the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow. According to the committee’s website, Gibney comes up April 28 at 2:30 p.m. A webcast ...

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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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