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Apgar: Mediation failure and how to avoid it (access required)

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ROANOKE – Going light on preparation can doom your client’s mediation session, one retired judge says. Failure to properly prepare the client was number one on Judge Jonathan Apgar’s list of reasons that mediations don’t work out. The retired judge, ...

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‘Secret’ settlements questioned (access required)

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Two Virginia judges have taken different views of the value of public disclosure of lawsuit settlements for cases involving death or child victims. The extent of the public’s right to know about the handling of significant cases with potentially vulnerable ...

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Borrowing and the art of trial advocacy (access required)

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Whether you are just starting out or an experienced hand, you should take every opportunity you can to watch other lawyers try cases. When a trial lawyer stands up in open court, the lawyer is not only pleading the case, ...

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A lateral move requires discreet investigation (access required)

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Thinking of making a lateral move to be a partner at another firm? Prepare to do a lot of research, because the grass is not always greener under another firm’s shingle. Your research topics should include the firm’s financial situation, ...

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