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Author Archives: Maura Mazurowski

Democrats disagree on criminal justice reform (access required)

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Democrats – led by Gov. Ralph Northam – came to Richmond prepared to rewrite many of Virginia’s criminal justice laws. But not everyone sees eye-to-eye on the best approach, even those urging reform. “The goal is to call attention to ...

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The laws of Brunswick stew

It’s every legislator’s favorite time of year. And no, we’re not talking about the start of the General Assembly session. We’re talking about stew. Brunswick stew, that is. Every fourth Wednesday in January, a.k.a. “Brunswick Stew Day,” legislators flock to ...

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26 percent (access required)

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Twenty-three new members of the General Assembly joined the House and Senate on Jan. 8. Of these 23 members, five are practicing lawyers – and all of them are in the House. Still, only 36 of the 140 legislators are ...

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Setting New Year’s goals that stick

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Whether 2019 was the best year of your life, or you couldn’t wait for it to be over, there’s a sense of having a fresh start on Jan. 1 that we all hold onto. The new year is a time ...

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New law makes Ch. 11 bankruptcy easier for small businesses (access required)

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Chapter 11 bankruptcies will be easier for businesses with smaller debt loads under a new law that takes effect in February. In August, President Donald Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019. Sponsored by Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., ...

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Do you suffer from decision fatigue?

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Paper or plastic? Skirt or pants? Credit or debit? The list of daily decisions we make goes on. It’s estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions each day. 226.7 of those decisions are made on food alone. Some ...

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Animal welfare advocates prepare for 2020 Assembly (access required)

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The past year was a good year for animal welfare advocates at the General Assembly. “Overall, [last year’s] General Assembly brought significant victories for Virginia’s dogs and cats,” said Matthew Gray of the Virginia Humane Society. Legislators mandated that pets ...

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Employers can set wellness examples

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So if you notice that workplace morale is low – if it appears that your partners, associates and paralegals have grown sluggish and seem down – the answer to turning things ...

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$600K awarded for fractured wrist (access required)

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A Chesterfield jury has awarded $500,000 plus interest of approximately $104,000 to a 17-year-old driver in a personal injury case resulting from a motor vehicle crash. The crash occurred on May 25, 2016, two weeks before plaintiff’s high school graduation. ...

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