In our never-ending quest to add value, we once again respond to your questions and feedback. The bold headings below are actual search terms that have led to this site.

  • Virginia legal blogs. There are actually quite a few these days. Virginia Lawyers Weekly maintains a list of 34 Virginia legal blogs, with links. That list is by no means exhaustive. I’ve spoken with the folks at VLW, and if you’ve got a blog that’s not on their list, they’d love to hear from you.
  • va de novo review definition. De novo review is non-deferential. The appellate court takes a fresh look at the matter. In his Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Bryan Garner explains that when de novo is used as an adverb, it means “anew”–e.g., “We review a grant of summary judgment de novo.” If you are looking for a formal definition to insert into the standard of review section of a brief, save yourself the effort. The court knows what you are talking about. It’s sufficient to say, for example, that your assignment of error presents a question of statutory interpretation, which is a question of law that the court will review de novo.
  • kelly hart” naked. Really? First of all, I don’t even know who Kelly Hart is. Second, look around. Does anything on this page remotely suggest pornography?
  • One reader wrote in to observe that, traveling by car, it is farther from Virginia Beach to Justice Kinser’s chambers in Pennington Gap (the short way–i.e., Route 460), than it is from Dover, England to Mannheim, Germany–even though one passes through the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany. Door-to-door, still taking 460, it is farther from the SCV in Richmond than it is from Dover to Saarlouis, a suburb of Saarbruecken, Germany, taking the same route as far as Luxembourg. Two thoughts in response: First, Virginia is a very big place. It’s very diverse geographically, socially, and economically. Second, does anyone else now associate Justice Kinser with a certain globe-hopping amnesic assassin?

I swear to God, if she even feels you dodging a question, there is no measure to how fast and how hard she will bring this fight to your doorstep.

  • Another reader wrote in to ask about the required notice of intent to file a petition for rehearing. We provided a notice that we’d used in another case as a template. I don’t think there’s any magic to the notice. It’s just a matter of carefully following Rules 5:39 and 5:39A. (Of course, I’ve been wrong before.) We’re glad to help out any way we can, and if we’ve got a pertinent model document we’re happy to share.

Finally, it looks like the folks at LexBlog liked our post about court reporters. Thanks for the shout, guys.