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VLW wins seven awards from VPW

Virginia Lawyers Weekly won seven awards in the 2013 Virginia Press Women Communications Contest, five of which were for first place. The awards were presented at the VPW Spring Conference in Lexington April 13. Deborah Elkins won two first-place awards, ...

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Livin’ on a prairie

Here’s something ironic. More and more law students are graduating from law school without jobs. More and more people who live in rural parts of America are without local lawyers and have to drive far distances to hire same. What ...

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Churn, baby, churn

Lawyers at big law firms often get accused of padding their high-rent bills. Now there’s some apparent proof of the practice, at least at one really big firm. The New York office of DLA Piper, the country’s largest law firm, ...

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The Rules of the Game

Lawyers get paid to parse arcane rules and to figure out how they apply to a particular fact pattern. Real estate practice has some rules that are so colorful, they get their own names. Anyone remember The Rule in Shelley’s ...

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New federal I-9 form applies to all (access required)

The Department of Homeland Security published a new form for verifying employment eligibility on March 8, and every business in America needs to pay attention. “This affects every U.S. employer,” said Christine Mehfoud, an immigration lawyer in Richmond. Form I-9 ...

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Headline of the day

What do you get when you cross this month’s NCAA basketball tournament and the upcoming papal election in Rome? The Wall Street Journal has the answer: “March Madness, Vatican Style: Who’ll Come Out of the Sweet Sistine?”

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