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One injury, one recovery

As we reported recently, it’s an open issue in Virginia whether a plaintiff’s lawyer has to choose between a wrongful death and a survival action before trial. In case we needed reminding, here comes a Maryland federal court decision (by ...

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Scalia in Charlottesville Thursday

According to this website, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will speak at UVA Law School Thursday on “The Wall of Separation.” Apparently, he will address Jefferson’s view of church and state, although it is not known if he will comment ...

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Picking our own bosses?

State Senator Ralph Smith of Troutville thinks lawyers have too much say in who becomes a judge in Virginia. He sees bar endorsements as a conflict of interest for those who have to practice before the judge. Today, he ventured ...

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Youth advocate urges reforms (access required)

Andy Block of Charlottesville thinks that too many children accused of crime are getting caught up in the adult justice system. Block – a much-honored child advocate – offered “modest proposals” for reforms at the recent meeting of the Virginia ...

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Agee offers advice to appeals counsel (access required)

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times. From law professors, colleagues and appellate judges, the admonishment on brief writing is the same – keep it short and concise. Few advisors, however, illustrate the issue as colorfully ...

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Tales from the past

At the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association annual gathering, the Criminal Law section meeting is a time for war stories, anecdotes and general hilarity. Last week, New Kent Circuit Judge Thomas Hoover recalled a session from the courtroom of federal district ...

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