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Beating The Y2K Bug (access required)

How are techno-savvy lawyers preparing for the New Year, with the awareness that the Year 2000 bug could disable their computer systems? Virginia lawyers have some tricks up their sleeves, including: They are testing their systems for compliance, with programs ...

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'Local Rules' Talk Begins Heating Up (access required)

Discreet debates about “local rules” have been going on all over the commonwealth in the past year. What local rules? ask the courts that rush to defend their local “practices and procedures” against a statute passed last year that questions ...

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Judge Merhige: A Mentor And A Model (access required)

In his career as a jurist, retired U.S. District Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr. tackled many hot-button controversies over three decades. From his court in Richmond, his decisions, backed by the Supreme Court, changed the country. This weekend, Merhige was ...

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Volunteers Pitch In (access required)

Lawyers who volunteer for the Virginia Emergency Legal Services Programa joint effort by the young lawyers sections of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Associationare used to a slow start after a crisis. People are in survival mode, ...

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Floyd (access required)

FRANKLIN — The Blackwater River has gone back to bed. It is back to being the sleepy tributary it was, before Sept. 16, Hurricane Floyd launched it on a destructive rampage that damaged or destroyed 150 homes and 186 businesses ...

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A Creek Overflowed (access required)

The “clients” for the Virginia Emergency Legal Services Program may be slow to come at first, but the day likely will come when they will need a lawyer. Ella Smith of Suffolk had dropped by Franklin’s disaster center at the ...

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