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A lesson in bridge-building

WILLIAMSBURG—The Virginia Law Foundation tapped its 2020 class of Fellows Jan. 23 at a banquet held at the start of the Virginia Bar Association’s winter meeting. Twenty-three new Fellows were inducted: • Pamela S. Belleman (Richmond) • Candace Ali Blydenburgh ...

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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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Censorship by theft

Someone stole approximate­ly 1,000 copies of the Radford University student newspaper, The Tartan, on Sept. 18. Each week, The Tartan prints 1,500 copies of the paper; it is free to students and is distributed in 22 racks all over campus. ...

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Birds of a feather

Want to win a bet? Ask your best lawyer friend which bird appears on the seal of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Chances are he or she will guess a bald eagle, or a cardinal, perhaps. Both answers would be ...

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More than a feline

It’s a felony to steal a dog in Virginia, but it’s only a misdemeanor to steal a cat. You can look it up. Virginia Code § 18.2-97, the animal larceny statute, states that it’s a Class 5 felony to commit ...

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How to guarantee your press release is toast

Press releases from law firm marketers and PR agencies remain a tried-and-true way to share information with the media. And reporters and editors are constantly searching for new “content” to provide their readers, especially as attention spans get shorter and ...

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Heroes

This week we’re proud to announce the honorees in the Class of 2019 of our “Unsung Legal Heroes” awards. In this program, Virginia Lawyers Weekly honors the people who get it done, who keep the lawyers on track, who go ...

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The trials of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day.  A time to relax and reconnect with family. Ah, family. You love to see them come, and you’ll never admit how much you love to see them go. You prepare for Thanksgiving dinner as meticulously as you prepare ...

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No blue light special

The Democratic takeover of the Virginia General Assembly was the big headline from Election Day 2019. But while others were refreshing their updates on Election Night, I was watching a referendum in Southwest Virginia – a vote on whether to ...

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