Author Archives: Paul Fletcher

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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Lynchburg Bar named bar group of the year (access required)


The Lynchburg Bar Association has been named the 2020 “Bar Association of the Year” by the VSB Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations. The award will be presented at the LBA’s in-person meeting in December. Lynchburg lawyer Peter H. ...

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Buckner to lead VTLA in 2020-21 (access required)

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Seal FEA

Richmond attorney Elliott M. Buckner is the new president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for the 2020-21 term. He was to have been sworn in at the VTLA’s annual convention at The Greenbrier March 26-29. Due the coronavirus pandemic, ...

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Laughs in the Time of Coronavirus

Picture this: a bottle of beer all alone in the corner of a fridge, scaring away the rest of the food items, all of which are wearing surgical masks. The beer was a Corona, and this image was perhaps the ...

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Cornhole in the pawpaw patch

The General Assembly may have switched hands from the Republicans to the Democrats last month, but one thing remains the same: There are a bunch of bills trying to establish the “official state” fill-in-the-blank. In Virginia Code §1-510, you will ...

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2020 ‘Largest Law Firms’ survey open


Virginia Lawyers Weekly is now accepting submissions for the 2020 annual survey of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms.” The annual survey highlights the 75 largest law firms in Virginia. The rankings are based on the number of Virginia-licensed attorneys working in ...

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It’s a grand old flag

Back at the turn of the year – at the turn of the decade, actually – Virginia Lawyers Weekly changed its flag without fanfare or ceremony. The flag of a newspaper is the nameplate at the top of the front ...

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