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Editorial: Pass the federal shield law bill

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 14, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, had a direct question. Raskin asked Sessions, “As Attorney General, will you commit not to prosecute investigative journalists for maintaining the confidentiality ...

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Pro bono reporting issue sparks VSB ‘crisis’ (access required)

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By Dean E. Lhospital The Virginia State Bar is having some­thing of an existential crisis at the moment. In a diffuse and diverse organization of more than 40,000 sometimes argumenta­tive professionals, it is not surprising that its members would hold ...

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Resilience: an often overlooked skill for success (access required)

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A recent study found lawyers have a rate of depression that is four times higher than that of the general population. The study also found lawyers have a rate of alcohol abuse that is three times higher than the general ...

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The fundamentals of expert witness cross-examination (access required)

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 “A lawyer can do anything with cross-examination if he is skillful enough not to impale his own cause upon it.” – John Henry Wigmore Professor Wigmore’s oft-quoted observation is a cautionary note on the hazards of heedless cross-examination. Without question, ...

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Editorial: A missed opportunity

The Supreme Court of Virginia has sidestepped a chance to improve the quality of criminal justice in the commonwealth. Last month, the court declined to adopt the recommendations by a special committee the court appointed to study improvements to the ...

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