Author Archives: Paul Fletcher

Bernard Cohen, lawyer who took on mixed marriage law, dies at 86

Bernard Cohen/Photo courtesy of Karen Cohen

Former Del. Bernard S. Cohen, who won a landmark case that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of laws forbidding interracial marriage and later went on to a successful political career as a state legislator, died Oct. 19 of ...

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The write stuff

HOT SPRINGS (via Zoom, anyway) – The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys forged forward with its annual meeting at The Homestead last week, with a hybrid meeting similar to the Virginia Bar Association’s confab in July. Part of the meeting ...

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Nominate an ‘unsung’ law firm staffer


Virginia Lawyers Weekly is seeking nominations for its statewide awards program recognizing the Old Dominion’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals. Now in its fourth year, the “Unsung Legal Heroes” awards honor law firm employees, other than lawyers, who ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Beens

This column over the years has identified famous people who have law degrees but achieved fame in another field over the years. The “Lawyer Could-Have-Beens” include comedians such as John Cleese and William Sanderson (Larry of “Larry, Darryl and Darryl”), ...

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Sign of the times

So what’s it like practicing law during a worldwide pandemic? Courts aren’t holding trials. Hearings are conducted by Zoom or GoToMeeting. Law offices, while deemed essential businesses, aren’t really completely open. Lawyers and staff are working remotely. Then there are ...

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Legal lightning bugs

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, once said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Precise language is required in legal writing. Ever ...

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