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Lawyer Could-Have-Been: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (right) penned one of the greatest adventure tales published in the 19th century, “Treasure Island.” He produced a dark story of duality, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” as well as poetry for children ...

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William Styron had it right

After an endless winter of snow measured in feet and cold, here’s a reflection after a glorious weekend. Novelist William Styron, a Newport News native, tucked away a love letter to the glories of springtime in the Old Dominion in ...

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Law firm sues for unpaid fee…gets it all!

How many decisions have we featured over the years in which a lawyer or a law firm is forced to bring suit to collect an unpaid fee, and a judge whacks it down? Sometimes a lot. Sometimes the lawyer gets ...

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The story’s all in the telling

What’s worse than a pair of high-testosterone lawyers trash-talking at each other over minutiae at a deposition? That’s bad, for sure. A pair of college professors sniping at each other at a department meeting? (Someone once said the politics in ...

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UR to honor 4th Circuit’s Gregory

The University of Richmond law school will present its highest honor, the William Green Award for Professional Excellence, this Friday to Judge Roger Gregory of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gregory was first appointed to the court in ...

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More time for jury research

Here’s a bill that will provide more time to both sides for jury research. It’s another measure that made it through the Assembly without a single “nay” vote in either house. Senate Bill 382, as introduced, would have changed the ...

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A bill everyone liked

It’s not often that everyone on Capitol Hill can agree on something. But during the just-completed General Assembly session, Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, secured passage for a bill that didn’t get a single vote against it as it worked its ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Been: Peter Garrett

Midnight Oil is one of Australia’s best-known rock bands, putting out music for more than three decades. For 25 years, the front man and lead singer was a 6-foot-6 bald guy named Peter Garrett (right). Watch one of their videos ...

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Lawyers, guns and…coffee

Couple of notes from our gun laws desk, involving weapons both concealed and unconcealed: Proponents of gun rights have a reason to cheer today. The House of Delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly (72-27) passed a bill to allow concealed handguns in ...

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