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Scribner’s Error: Pushing the limits of reasonableness and prudence

"Reasonable and prudent." That was the daytime speed limit in Montana for a breezy four years after Congress in 1995 lifted its draconian, federally mandated limits, which first imposed the pokey "double-nickel" 55-mph limit that was later softened to 65. Does that mean that there was an American Autobahn in Big Sky Country in the late '90s? Not exactly.

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From print to pixels, legal ethics struggle with new media (access required)

Not only does nearly every lawyer practicing have his own website, but potential clients are much more likely to plug "DWI lawyer" into a search engine than to look in the Yellow Pages. And as legal marketing has morphed into new arenas with ever-changing technology, there's some concern that regulatory agencies and state bars have not kept up. Ryan Blackledge (pictured), who serves on the N.C. Bar Association's Technology Advisory Committee, said that any new ethics rules need to reflect a true understanding of the various media.

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Lawyers In The News: Feb. 28, 2011

Williams Mullen has announced that the new vice chairman of the firm’s board of directors is Keith Kapp, who is also managing partner of the firm’s Raleigh office.   Attorney Daniel Roberts will be joining Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine, & ...

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Coach’s Corner: Effective rainmaking for women lawyers

Numerous surveys and studies indicate that women are no more than 20 percent of the partners at most large firms, and hold an even smaller percentage of senior firm or practice management positions. One effective way for firms and individual lawyers to broaden this participation is by emphasizing women's career advancement through marketing. While too many lawyers, including women lawyers, believe they are not skilled at marketing, everyone can market effectively if they approach it within their zone of comfort.

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Swain County HOA wins $2.4M verdict in defective roads dispute (access required)

A western North Carolina homeowners association has been awarded $2.4 million in compensatory damages in a dispute over defective roads - a verdict that may be the largest ever in Swain County, an attorney associated with the case said. Jurors returned the verdict on Feb. 17 after a two-week trial. The Alarka Creek Properties Homeowners Association sued Cane Creek Development Corporation of Bryson City and Charlotte-based W.K. Dickson & Co., alleging breach of express and implied warranties, breach of contract, negligence, fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

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