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They call it dope for a reason

Lawyer-comedian Bob Battle has a great routine in which he recounts dumb lines that cops have heard after stopping a suspected drunken driver. Here’s one: Cop: May I see your license and registration? Driver: Sure. Here, hold my beer. This ...

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Good Guy: Henry McLaughlin

The Central Virginia Legal Aid Society held a tribute luncheon for outgoing executive director Henry McLaughlin yesterday. McLaughlin fought the good fight for 32 years, serving as the leader of CVLAS since 1981. He is leaving to open a private ...

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Judge H. Clyde Pearson, RIP

Back when I was in law practice, I handled some bankruptcy work, wasn’t always easy down in Southwest Virginia if you represented creditors. The federal bankruptcy judge in the area was Judge H. Clyde Pearson, who was known for being ...

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The deposition as ‘open book test’

WILLIAMSBURG—New Jersey P.I. lawyer Tom Vesper was one of the VTLA’s featured speakers at the group’s annual convention this past weekend in the Colonial Capital. His topic: New ideas for taking depositions, including how to protect your plaintiff when he ...

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Health care law as lawyer PR opp

My friend and former colleague John Tuerck left legal journalism to work in legal PR. He spent some time with Hunton & Williams here in Richmond, then headed home to Boston. It’s probably easier to get Red Sox games on ...

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William Styron had it right

After an endless winter of snow measured in feet and cold, here’s a reflection after a glorious weekend. Novelist William Styron, a Newport News native, tucked away a love letter to the glories of springtime in the Old Dominion in ...

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The story’s all in the telling

What’s worse than a pair of high-testosterone lawyers trash-talking at each other over minutiae at a deposition? That’s bad, for sure. A pair of college professors sniping at each other at a department meeting? (Someone once said the politics in ...

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More time for jury research

Here’s a bill that will provide more time to both sides for jury research. It’s another measure that made it through the Assembly without a single “nay” vote in either house. Senate Bill 382, as introduced, would have changed the ...

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