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The letter you wish you could write

Ever get an annoying letter and wish you could just tell it straight in your response? The sports website Deadspin had a 2010 post that is making the rounds again. It featured an exchange between two lawyers; the reply letter ...

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FOIA folly

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 upheld a Virginia law that says the commonwealth doesn’t need to respond to Freedom of Information requests from people who live out of state. The high court’s reasoning in McBurney v. Young apparently ...

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Livin’ on a prairie

Here’s something ironic. More and more law students are graduating from law school without jobs. More and more people who live in rural parts of America are without local lawyers and have to drive far distances to hire same. What ...

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Churn, baby, churn

Lawyers at big law firms often get accused of padding their high-rent bills. Now there’s some apparent proof of the practice, at least at one really big firm. The New York office of DLA Piper, the country’s largest law firm, ...

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The Rules of the Game

Lawyers get paid to parse arcane rules and to figure out how they apply to a particular fact pattern. Real estate practice has some rules that are so colorful, they get their own names. Anyone remember The Rule in Shelley’s ...

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Headline of the day

What do you get when you cross this month’s NCAA basketball tournament and the upcoming papal election in Rome? The Wall Street Journal has the answer: “March Madness, Vatican Style: Who’ll Come Out of the Sweet Sistine?”

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Tomb of the Forgotten Lawyer

San Diego lawyer Erubey Lopez had a meeting scheduled with a criminal client last Tuesday. He arrived at the local jail, where the client was residing, turned over his cell phone per jail procedures and went to the waiting room ...

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Always proofreed, Greensboro edition

Warren Buffett bought the Richmond Times-Dispatch and several other local newspapers last year. His company, Berkshire Hathaway Media, just bought the third-largest paper in North Carolina, The News & Record in Greensboro. But in announcing the deal, the paper, well, ...

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Good guy: Mike Pace

Several years ago, Roanoke lawyer Mike Pace was sitting at the dinner table with his wife Nancy and daughters Maggi and Cate. They were talking about Maggi’s social studies class in school; the kids were studying the different branches of ...

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