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Editorial: Put an end to client-shaming

Election season is stupid season, here and elsewhere. Be glad it ended last month. Here’s a plea to politicians and political types as they get ready for the next inevitable cycle: When a political candidate is a lawyer, he or ...

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Editorial: Pass the federal shield law bill

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 14, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, had a direct question. Raskin asked Sessions, “As Attorney General, will you commit not to prosecute investigative journalists for maintaining the confidentiality ...

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‘Unsung Heroes’ for 2017 named


Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 of “Unsung Legal Heroes.” This new recognition program honors staffers at law firms across the Old Dominion for their dedication to duty. A supplement with complete information on the ...

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Another 10 ways to guarantee your press release is TOAST (access required)


The venerable press release remains one of the best tools to share important news with the media. Lawyers commit news, and news outlets – newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online – always are looking for news and good stories to ...

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The Virginia Way…on the golf course

Lawyers from the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, used to facing each other in the courtroom or across the table at depositions, met instead on the golf course Sept. 14. At stake: the Civility ...

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One for you, 19 for me… (access required)

Jump in the Wayback Machine to, oh, about 1978: Remember Steve Martin’s prescription for having a million dollars and not paying taxes? It was to say, “I for­got!” The Department of Taxation will kin­da-sorta let you get away with that ...

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The VLW Quick 10: Things we’ll miss about Deborah Elkins

Our colleague and friend Deborah El­kins retired Sept. 1, after more than 31 years at Virginia Lawyers Weekly. In fact, she was the last remaining original employee from when the doors opened June 1986. I often say that I’ve been ...

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The best place for millennials: head south (access required)

For millennials seeking a place to find a job, to make a good wage and to enjoy the company of others in their age group, nothing could be finer than the Carolinas. Media company Growella has compiled a survey entitled, ...

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The moon don’t shine on Facebook

The story on page one tells one tale involving Facebook, about how public officials can’t block followers and com­menters they don’t like. From down in the Carolinas comes a different kind of Facebook story. It doesn’t have an ending yet, ...

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