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Pomp, under the Circumstances

It’s almost graduation time at Virginia’s eight law schools. They will turn out students who have been trained as lawyers (they’re not yet attorneys – you get that title once you pass a bar exam). You have to wonder what ...

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Headline of the day

Spring has sprung, and the annual battle between two big-box home improvement stores is under way. The stakes are these: Lowe’s and Home Depot both sell a lot of flowering plants, and a lot of gardening paraphenalia. The companies spend ...

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eMarket, eMarket…

You want to start a marketing campaign for your law practice that focuses on email. You know that Virginia’s spam laws are pretty strict and you don’t want to end up blacklisted or a permanent resident of everyone’s spam box. ...

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Can I buy a vowel?

The historic Hotel John Marshall in downtown Richmond closed its doors in 1988. A landmark on the Richmond skyline since it opened in 1929, a generation of lawyers will remember their bar swearing-in there. It’s been closed for years, but ...

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Barely there

Fairfax Circuit Judge Jane Roush and Abingdon lawyer Mary Lynn Tate provided a “Tort Law Update” on recent cases from the Supreme Court of Virginia at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association convention on April 2. In particular, they commended the ...

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Meet John Doe

John Doe got sued this week. He must screw up a lot, because he’s always getting sued. Actually, whenever a lawyer needs to file a claim and isn’t sure quite whom to tag, she’ll file a suit against John Doe, ...

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A deposition from hell

If you’ve ever been trapped in a deposition from hell, you have company. Here’s the tale of some lawyers who take up 10 pages of a transcript trying to define “photocopy.” Really. It’s a public records case from Ohio, reported ...

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A welcome development

Today is National FOI Day. March 16 is James Madison’s birthday, and that’s the reason this date was chosen, in a nod to the Father of the Constitution, as the day to observe the importance of freedom of information. The ...

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