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A call for war stories

With the General Assembly session starting in a month, the leaders of several state bar groups are seeking war stories about how the judicial hiring freeze is affecting the administration of justice in the commonwealth. A quick recap: Last year, ...

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A good month

Three partners at the Virginia Beach firm of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton had a busy month of November going. Each had a big case in the works. On Nov. 15, John Cooper, Jim Lewis and Rick Shapiro all left ...

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Eleven years later…

A circuit judge in Tennessee has been given a public reprimand by that state’s judicial ethics authorities for taking almost 11 years to issue a decision. Eleven years. Talk about task avoidance. The judge is Judge F. Lee Russell, who ...

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Helmet to helmet

If you’re a fan of pro football, you’ve no doubt heard of the National Football League’s crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits this year, with fines levied by the commissioner. James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers has become the poster child for ...

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A Justice for all seasons

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was in Richmond on Friday. And he took back a souvenir he said he’d never forget. Scalia, recently named Orator in Residence at the University of Richmond, gave a talk at UR in the ...

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Snakes on a plate

The General Assembly won’t return to Richmond until January, but the annual exercise in minting new specialty license plates is in gear already. Virginia must have more specialty/vanity tags than just about any other state in the country. And for ...

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A Veterans Day story

Yesterday – Veterans Day – I went to the Richmond airport to pick up a colleague. Since you can’t go through security, at RIC you wait in a central area between the two concourses. I parked myself in front of ...

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A leader of the comp lawyers

Richmond lawyer Andy Reinhardt was in Miami last week. But it was hardly for a vacation. Reinhardt (right) is the new president of the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, known as WILG (pronounced will-ig). The group held its national ...

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