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Ready to launch (access required)

Imagine heading out for a drive – a trip to the store or the cleaners, and the next thing you know, you’re on the roof of a house. It happened in Winston-Salem on Dec. 30. The Associated Press reported that ...

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War Story: When twins go bad (access required)

Before joining Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 1988, I practiced law in Southwest Virginia for about three years. Like many rookie lawyers, I got a lot of court-appointed criminal work. I handled a jury trial for one of my court-appointed clients ...

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Watch your mouth (access required)

The language of law is rich and varied. Anyone who goes to law school learns a whole new vocabulary. And words, especially in statutes, are open to different meanings and interpretations. But are they open to different pronunciations? Not so ...

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Nothing could be finer

For a month now, I’ve been working at North Carolina and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. I think it’s time for a proper introduction. I’m a neighbor one state to the north. For the past 27 years, I’ve served as publisher ...

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Fakin’ it (access required)

A woman spent near­ly 10 years posing as a lawyer in a rural Pennsylvania county, handling estates work, despite the fact she never went to law school. She was a partner at a law firm, making a $100,000 buy-in about ...

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