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Late mail

The mail last Tuesday — Jan. 5 —brought my copies of the Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 issues of Lawyers Weekly. No word yet on the issues of Dec. 21, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. For many of you, the ...

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Holiday Style

The Associated Press Stylebook has been the bible for journalists for years, providing guidance on punctuation, capitalization and other usage questions. This newspaper, like thousands of others in the country, follows AP Style. The AP Style mavens saw fit last ...

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The write stuff

HOT SPRINGS (via Zoom, anyway) – The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys forged forward with its annual meeting at The Homestead last week, with a hybrid meeting similar to the Virginia Bar Association’s confab in July. Part of the meeting ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Beens

This column over the years has identified famous people who have law degrees but achieved fame in another field over the years. The “Lawyer Could-Have-Beens” include comedians such as John Cleese and William Sanderson (Larry of “Larry, Darryl and Darryl”), ...

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Sign of the times

So what’s it like practicing law during a worldwide pandemic? Courts aren’t holding trials. Hearings are conducted by Zoom or GoToMeeting. Law offices, while deemed essential businesses, aren’t really completely open. Lawyers and staff are working remotely. Then there are ...

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Legal lightning bugs

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, once said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Precise language is required in legal writing. Ever ...

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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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