Author Archives: Matthew Chaney

Lessons from Florence: Disaster planning for law firms (access required)


As this issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly was being put to bed, Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, was headed for landfall in the Carolinas, with heavy rain and wind expected for Virginia. Large population centers in the commonwealth appeared ...

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Inquiries into alleged harassment didn’t violate 1st Amendment (access required)

4tth Circuit Seal FEA

The University of South Carolina didn’t violate student groups’ First Amendment rights by making inquiries into harassment allegations after a rally for “free speech,” the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 16. The appeals court unanimously upheld the ...

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Hoppy dreams (access required)


In Richmond, it seems that with every new month comes another new brewery, bringing with it all sorts of strange and unique hops and sours, saisons and stouts. With each brewery comes the promise of urban renewal, as beer drinkers ...

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How does the Virginia judiciary handle sexual harassment? (access required)


In the wake of the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment accusations in the federal judiciary, the question arises: How common is sexual harassment in the state judiciary, and how are accusations handled when they do occur? Officials of the Judicial ...

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Tony Pham: The only lawyer in Virginia running a jail (access required)


Tony Pham is not afraid to walk the back of a jail. After years spent working as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Richmond, as a public safety attorney representing Richmond’s police force and as an in-house attorney in the Richmond ...

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A sanctuary in Richmond (access required)


On June 20, the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Richmond opened their door to provide sanctuary to Abbie Arevalo-Herrera, an immigrant who came to America from Honduras to escape domestic violence in 2013. Arevalo-Herrera, a mother of three, is currently ...

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