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Chapter 5: Important Opinions and Services

By now, you are probably becoming more accustomed to Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s new Web site and have made use of its primary content, including news stories, opinion digests and Verdicts & Settlements as well as access to full-text opinions.

There are, however, a variety of other useful tools on our site that you might not be as familiar with. It’s simply a matter of knowing where to go.

This week’s article takes a closer look at the Research tab, the VLW Calendar and the Daily Alert.

The Research Tab

The Research tab has a collection of links to useful sources, from both our site and from outside Web sites. You will find the Research tab in our main navigation bar, complete with a pull-down menu offering seven different areas of research: the Archives, Important Opinions, Virginia Courts, Virginia Code, Virginia Law Firms, State Government and Other Resources.

The Archives link provides an additional access point to our search page. Subscribers can follow this link if you wish to search VLW’s content going back through 1993.

VLW has created several of its own research tools for lawyers and also for the general public.

Our Virginia Law Firms page provides an alphabetical listing of links to local law firms and solo practitioners’ Web pages as a quick and easy reference. Also, we are presently compiling a list of law firm blogs to add our site. This directory is by no means complete or comprehensive. If you would like see your firm’s Web site or blog added, please e-mail webeditor@valawyersmedia.com.

VLW also has created the Important Opinions page featuring a month-by-month compilation of noteworthy decisions we’ve highlighted in our paper. The page provides a summary of each case along with a link to the full-text opinion. Content is updated at the end of each month and is also published twice a year, in January and July, as an issue of our newspaper.

The full-text links on the Important Opinions page, as well as access to the archives, are the two features in the Research section which are not accessible to the general public. Subscribers can access these cases by signing in with a username and password. Go here to register.

Apart from our own content, VLW provides additional links to useful law-related Web sites. The state government link will direct you to Virginia’s official government site. You will also find links to the Virginia courts page and to the Code of Virginia, a searchable database provided by the Virginia General Assembly.

For links to specific courts, government resources, bar associations, law schools and lawyer directories, follow the Other Resources link.

The Calendar

Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s calendar provides a valuable resource for attorneys seeking the dates, locations and times of CLE and other types of legal events taking place in Virginia. You can find a link to the calendar under the News menu item in the top navigation bar.

On the calendar, the current date is highlighted in yellow, while days with posted events appear in gray. Scroll down or click on a date to find information on events, including a link to the host organization’s Web site. You can also browse through upcoming and previous months’ events by clicking on the arrows in the header.

While VLW adds events when we receive information, the calendar can also be used as an interactive tool which allows you to submit your own events. We invite you to add any additional CLE sessions, conferences, awards ceremonies, benefits, networking opportunities or any other events that would be of interest to the legal community.

To send us your information, click on the “submit your calendar event” link directly below the calendar and fill out the details. Please keep in mind that calendar entries are subject to approval before posting.

The Daily Alert

If you wish to stay up-to-date on the latest legal news and court decisions, we provide the Daily Alert, an e-mail service is available to anyone who signs up – not just subscribers.

Every weekday, VLW sends an e-mail featuring links to the latest legal news stories from media outlets across Virginia and the day’s Top Opinion. The Top Opinion is a new court case of note. VLW provides the summary with a link to the full-text for one day free of charge on our home page. After a day, these opinions are still available online to subscribers.

To sign up, click on the Daily Alert button at the top of the page, right above the Google search box. Enter your e-mail address, and you will be added to our mailing list.

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