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A blow upon a bruise

There is one rite of passage that every lawyer in every state will remember: the bar exam. It’s a grueling process across several days in which all the information and knowledge and expertise you (hopefully) acquired in three years of ...

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Headlines of the Day

Two bell-ringing headlines from this past weekend, one from Saturday and one from Sunday. Out west, several members of a family were arrested for growing marijuana at their home in Corvallis, Montana. The family name? Stoner. The Missoulian had the ...

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Headline of the Day

George Takei is best known as Mr. Sulu, the cool and competent helmsman of the U.S. Starship Enterprise on “Star Trek,” the original series. That was back in the 1960s. Takei, now 77, is more popular than ever, thanks to ...

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Pomp, Circumstance…and Mindy

Comedienne Mindy Kaling – star of TV’s “The Mindy Project” and before that, “The Office” – was one of the speakers at Harvard Law School’s commencement ceremony this  month. Why? I’m not sure either. But Kaling apparently was a hit, ...

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The VLW High Five: Mispronounced words

The language of law is rich and varied. Anyone who goes to law school learns a whole new vocabulary. And words, especially in statutes, are open to different meanings and interpretations. But are they open to different pronunciations? Not so ...

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Good day sunshine

This week (March 16-22) is Sunshine Week, an initiative to promote a discussion of open government and freedom of information. Celebration of Sunshine Week got its start in the Sunshine State in 2002. The American Society of Newspaper Editors made ...

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Quote unquote

“Lawyer walks into a bar….” You know the rest. You’re at a party and you’ve just mentioned that you practice law. Invariably, inevitably and unenviably, someone uncorks a lawyer joke. Usually a stupid or even insulting lawyer joke. What do ...

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