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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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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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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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