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Look Ma, no hands

…on the cell phone anyway, if the Virginia Senate gets its way. If you’ve ever been out on the road and seen a car come at you driven by (1) a distracted teenager or (2) a distracted mom in a ...

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Lawyers, drugs and Super Bowl rings

Dexter Manley, the one-time star defensive end for the Washington Redskins, won two Super Bowl rings with the team in the 1980s. The ring Manley got for the ‘Skins’ beat-down of the Miami Dolphins in 1983 ended up in a ...

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Trouble ‘Down Under’

After the Kenny Rogers reference the other day, plus this next item, it must be oldie moldie week around here… If you listened to popular music back in the early to mid-1980s, you couldn’t avoid the band Men at Work. ...

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Hold the phone

Say you’re a domestic relations lawyer in Fairfax and you have a client who needs a divorce. She lives in Herndon and her husband has moved out, finding a place across the Potomac in Rockville, Md. You need certain information ...

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Who dat backing down over “Who Dat?”

It was all a misunderstanding over “Who Dat?” Really it was. That’s what I’d say too if I’d stepped in it and aggravated as many people as the justifiably excited fan base of the Super Bowl-bound New Orleans Saints. And ...

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Legal trends to watch in 2010: The Marketplace (access required)

Every year we dust off the crystal ball and swirl the tea leaves, seeking to predict what a new year will hold for lawyers and legal profession in Virginia. And this year is no different, except we’re doing something a ...

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Who dat claiming “Who Dat?”

Super Bowl note: The long-downtrodden New Orleans Saints make it to the Super Bowl for the first time in their 43-year history, and the National Football League issues heavy-handed ceast-and-desist letters to local vendors pushing T-shirts with the words of ...

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RIP, J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the notoriously reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” died Wednesday at the age of 91. “Catcher” shows up on many lists of great books of the 20th century. I remember reading it one summer when I ...

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New leaders at the VBA

More news from the VBA meeting in Williamsburg: The association changed the guard at its winter meeting, with new officers taking over last Saturday. Richmond lawyer John Epps of Hunton & Williams moved into the highly coveted “past president” slot. ...

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The ‘Mother Rule’

The Virginia Bar Association held its winter meeting in Williamsburg this past weekend. Attendance was good, very good. Maybe we really have turned a corner. One of the CLE sessions I sat in on involved advocacy in ADR, providing a ...

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