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Dr. Rick Kern, RIP

On May 18, 1988, I interviewed Dr. Rick Kern, director of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission, for an article about a draft of new guidelines the commission was proposing. Why the date? It was the day I started working here. ...

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Occupy, William & Mary style

It’s finals week down at the College of Knowledge in Williamsburg. And William & Mary’s main library, Earl Gregg Swem Library, has announced that it will remain open for 125 straight hours this week. So what are the stressed-out students ...

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Allways proofread your werk

Here’s some valuable advice from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, an outfit in London that describes itself as a “professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and ...

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Manic (Cyber) Monday

It’s Cyber Monday, the day when retailers hope to rake in the bucks online. It serves as a bookend to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving filled with bargains and sales. Hopefully no one will get pepper-sprayed while rushing to ...

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What would Arnie Becker do now?

Actor Corbin Bernsen sued a Virginia Beach-based legal marketing firm in Norfolk federal court last month, claiming it owed him more than $600 grand on a million-dollar contract he signed to represent them in a marketing campaign aimed at lawyers. ...

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Jazzed for Justice

FAIRFAX—Last Friday, 11/11/11, was the day of the 10th annual “Jazz 4 Justice” concert at George Mason University. It also was Veterans Day, which gave this year’s performance its theme. The GMU Jazz Ensemble played “The Music of World War ...

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The language of law

Tortfeasor. I never had heard that word until September 1982, when it cropped up in my first-semester Torts class. The guy who commits a civil wrong isn’t a wrongdoer, or a miscreant, or even a bad guy. He is a ...

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One for the veterans

Here’s an item in honor of Veterans Day tomorrow. It’s Veteran Legal Services Month, and the Virginia Bar Association is once again at work recruiting pro bono volunteers to help veterans with legal issues and raising money for projects that ...

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