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More than just Miss Virginia USA (access required)

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The third year of law school typically entails late nights of studying, trying to get any and all papers complete on time and the rising terror of the approaching bar exam. Not typically on the agenda: the Miss USA pageant. ...

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Face your fear of client feedback — and reap the benefits (access required)


While preparing to give a workshop on how to get client feedback, I revisited the wisdom of asking your clients to prepare an attorney “report card.” Requesting feedback  remains relevant (if not more so) to today’s world. And worse, attorneys ...

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Seven seek seat on high court (access required)


Seven people – four judges, two lawyers in private practice and a law professor – have been seeking bar endorsements for a pending seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. will be retiring from the ...

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Counterfeit purses carry trouble for attorney (access required)


A lawyer whose wife sold knock-off fashion accessories on the Internet ended up defending both a $2 million trademark infringement suit and Virginia State Bar disciplinary charges. The lawsuit – criticized as “legal extortion” in one pleading – cost the ...

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How to win cases and influence damages (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia had mostly good news this month for lawyers seeking damages in state courts. The court opened doors for disgruntled consumers and removed one possible hurdle for litigants seeking punitive damages. The court also made it ...

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