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This blog will sometimes be scholarly, sometimes purely practical, and sometimes just musings by members of the firm on life in the appellate courts and on professional responsibility.

When we comment on cases, we do so with care, but you should always read the cases yourself before using them for any reason.

When one of us muses on matters, it may or may not reflect the innermost thoughts of the others. Feel free to ask.

If we talk about a case in which we represented a party, we’ll let you know it was ours.

We welcome suggestions, to a point, on relevant topics of interest and comments on the thoughts and suggestions we include on this blog.

But most of all, we hope that you learn from and enjoy these entries!

Elizabeth Donald, Summer Intern
UVA Law, Class of 2019

In the spring of 1905, five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court issued what has become one of the most hated opinions in all constitutional jurisprudence. Six years prior, Joseph Lochner was indicted for violating...

June 16, 2016

On June 12, 2016 – two weeks before the one-year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 132 S. Ct. 2584 (2015), which nationalized marriage equality – a lone gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle murdered 49 people and wou...

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