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Jurisdictional Differences Abound In NoVa (access required)

FAIRFAX – Some Virginians tend to see the northern part of the state as a single region, united by sprawling housing developments, office parks and chronic congestion. But lawyers who practice in Northern Virginia should know that the region’s localities ...

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Surveillance Videos (access required)

The stakes were high last year during the trial of French v. Norfolk Southern Railway, when the defense turned to its surveillance video. The plaintiff, Donald French, was a manager of a convenience store in Gainesville. A runaway train had ...

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The Risks Of Helping A Nonprofit (access required)

Whether it be for rainmaking, pro bono obligations or simple love of community, many lawyers choose to donate their legal skills to nonprofit organizations. There’s plenty of need out there. An estimated 44,000 nonprofits exist in Virginia. That’s about two ...

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Unpredictable Clients (access required)

Lawyers love control. They script direct examinations. They tell clients what to wear and how to behave. They obsessively observe procedural rules — all in an effort to avoid the unexpected. It follows, then, that lawyers loathe “loose cannons.” Clients ...

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Military Lawyers Could Practice in Courts Here (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH-The Virginia State Bar Council has endorsed a proposal allowing non-Virginia-licensed military lawyers to represent service personnel in the commonwealth’s civilian courts. The measure, which now goes to the Supreme Court of Virginia, passed by a 36-25 vote at ...

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Starting Practice (access required)

A large law firm can be a harsh work environment. When you take a group of intelligent, ambitious, left- brained individuals, put them in charge of high-stakes work with tight deadlines, and give them highly paid but inexperienced associates, communication ...

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