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Prepare your witness for questions about preparation (access required)


It was like watching a slow-motion train wreck. As a young prosecutor, years ago, I was sitting in court and saw a witness self-destruct over something that should’ve been an easy preliminary. Witness preparation is an important topic. Generally, we ...

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No comp, big problem: Worker deemed ‘employee,’ wins coverage for devastating injuries (access required)

Historic Harvey school (photo by Denice Thibodeau/Register & Bee)

A church helping to preserve a historic African-American school house is responsible for disability and medical benefits for a worker severely injured in the project, according to a ruling last month from a deputy commissioner of the state Workers’ Compensation ...

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Atticus, revisited and revised (access required)

Screenshot from the film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) with Gregory Peck and Brock Peters

It is easy to see why lawyers have cherished Atticus Finch, the character created by Harper Lee in 1960 and immortalized by Gregory Peck in the film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” In 1930s Alabama, Finch defended a black ...

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Electronic data protection: The how-to’s (access required)


You know you need to do it, but how? Law firms are rife with data and files, and they must be protected. That’s a given. The specifics, however, often elude lawyers. All files and data should be part of a ...

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DIY divorce goes online in Virginia (access required)

Online divorce

Divorce lawyers often face people who want a simple divorce but can’t afford to pay. Lawyers now have an option other than the legal aid telephone number to make referrals: an online interactive tool designed for do-it-yourself divorces. The program ...

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