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

Runner Running FEA

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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4L: My experience as a first-year attorney

I should preface this article with the following disclaimer: I work at The Witmeyer Law Firm, owned by Carl J. Witmeyer II, my father. That being said, I believe that I have endured the same struggle that all first-year attorneys ...

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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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Editorial: No license to discriminate

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence put the Hoosier state in a world of hurt last month when he signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” The reason: This law puts a world of hurt on anyone who is lesbian or gay, or ...

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Editorial: Failure at Rolling Stone

The Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus,” details a harrowing story of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity party. Published last month, the article is an indictment of U.Va. and its party culture. The center of the ...

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Editorial: A move toward transparency

Six years ago, then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Hassell Sr. prompted a separation-of-powers rhubarb with the General Assembly over judicial performance evaluations. Judicial performance evaluations, or JPEs, are the equivalent of a report card or a job review for judges. ...

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