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Food fight

Free stuff, especially free food, is always good. But when they’re passing out freebies, you follow the same rules you learned in kindergarten: Wait patiently for your turn. Don’t cut in line. Say “Thank you.” Except at a Costco in ...

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Dave’s still not here

Few AP items make me laugh out loud, but there was one this past week. It’s the tale from Fairfax of an alleged stoner who may have engaged in drunk (or otherwise impaired) dialing. It starts: “A mistake worthy of ...

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Editorial: An important reminder

If you search the Rules of Professional Conduct,  you won’t find any references to the need to take care of yourself and your health. You won’t find any reference to the fact that law is a stressful profession and that ...

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10 for ’18

WILLIAMSBURG – The Virginia Law Foundation added 10 new Fellows to its ranks on Jan. 18, when the VLF held its annual Fellows dinner in conjunction with the kick-off of the Virginia Bar Association’s winter meeting. Induction as a Fellow ...

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Snakes…why’d it have to be snakes?

It’s a federal crime to sell wildlife across state lines. Just ask Jonathan Benson, formerly of Greenville, South Carolina, who pleaded guilty to same this month. He got five years of probation and a $5,000 fine. The state lines involved ...

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Editorial: A sledgehammer or a scalpel?

Students at several of the commonwealth’s public universities got a surprise on their cell phones last fall: A text message urged them to register to vote, and to support the local Democrat running for the House of Delegates. The students’ ...

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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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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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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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