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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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Tomb of the Forgotten Lawyer

San Diego lawyer Erubey Lopez had a meeting scheduled with a criminal client last Tuesday. He arrived at the local jail, where the client was residing, turned over his cell phone per jail procedures and went to the waiting room ...

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Always proofreed, Greensboro edition

Warren Buffett bought the Richmond Times-Dispatch and several other local newspapers last year. His company, Berkshire Hathaway Media, just bought the third-largest paper in North Carolina, The News & Record in Greensboro. But in announcing the deal, the paper, well, ...

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Good guy: Mike Pace

Several years ago, Roanoke lawyer Mike Pace was sitting at the dinner table with his wife Nancy and daughters Maggi and Cate. They were talking about Maggi’s social studies class in school; the kids were studying the different branches of ...

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Fellowship, 2013 edition

WILLIAMSBURG–The Virginia Law Foundation inducted 17 Virginia lawyers last night as its 2013 Class of Fellows. The VLF holds its induction dinner each year in connection with the Virginia Bar Association winter meeting. Members of the Class of 2013 are: ...

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Joke of the day

So who will be the first disc jockey to play today’s Song of the Day, in honor of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o? The song, of course, would be an oldie goldie from 1978: “Imaginary Lover” by Atlanta Rhythm Section. H/T ...

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