Friday, September 07, 2007

They say I wouldn't recognize the place now

Some day, I might go back to Lancaster County just to look around, but everything I remember will be gone or have moved, like the Freeze and Frizz - it says here they lost their lease after 38 years.

Philly steaks and ice cream - I'd go there tonight, if it wasn't 450 miles away. If they were closed, I'd go to Captain Gus's Steak Shop. A couple of years back I went to New Jersey with Tim McAfee and Jerry Gray and they laughed when I ordered a steak sandwich that appeared to be about two feet long, but there was none left afterwards.

And, that guy we deposed at Fort Dix made it back to Southwest Virginia, or so I'm told.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

On granting stay of money judgment in a bankruptcy case appealed to the Fourth Circuit

In the case of Mountain Empire Oil Co. v. Callahan, Trustee, Chief Judge Jones of the W.D. Va. concluded that he could and should order a stay of the money judgment he had previously entered, conditioned upon the posting of a supercedeas bond.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

On the retirement of Paul Dellinger

Blue Ridge Muse has this post paying tribute to the now-retired Roanoke Times reporter, Paul Dellinger.

The Roanoke paper has Dellinger's parting shots and this story, which says in part:

"Sometimes, he could appear less than alert. "He'd sit with his eyes closed," recalled Glen Williams, senior U.S. district judge in Abingdon who has known Dellinger 30 years. But the next day, a complex trial would be boiled down in Dellinger's story to a complete and concise account. "He was listening. Had to be. He was always accurate. You could depend on him," Williams said. "He's a great reporter." . . .

Rick Rose, producing artistic director at the Barter Theatre, remembered meeting Dellinger at the news conference called to announce Rose's appointment to the theater in 1992. The local media chose to cover a leaping donkey at the Washington County Fair that day instead, Rose said, but Dellinger was at the theater announcement. . . .

"Paul is, of course, Southwest Virginia's ambassador to Vulcan, and so he and I have shared many tales about the world of science fiction," quipped another well-known local writer, Sharyn McCrumb. "He is encyclopedic on his knowledge of old Western movies, and occasionally I have asked him for research advice for something I was working on. In a story called 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown,' I needed the boys to go to a Southwest Virginia movie theater to see a Western serial, and Paul told me exactly what was playing that week in Bristol and described the action in the film for me." . . .

And what does a man who has written news stories for 44 years do when he retires?

He keeps on writing, of course. Dellinger says he'll write more fiction and also take some courses at a community college.

His wife suspects he'll also start sleeping late. "He tends to be a night owl.""

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

The next lawyer down the hall

From the VBA website:

"Congratulations to the VBA Young Lawyers Division for its superb showing in the American Bar Association Awards of Achievement Competition! At the recent ABA Annual Meeting, the VBA/YLD received first place in Division IC for its Comprehensive application, first place for Service to the Bar (Attorney Mentor and Referral Network), and second place for Service to the Public (Legal Food Frenzy). Many thanks to Awards of Achievement Chair Lucas Hobbs, who compiled the entry materials, and to the entire Division for its excellent work!"

Sunday, September 02, 2007

They said it

"The only thing I was surprised about is that they scored."

Wyoming running back Devin Moore, quoted here, commenting on the 23-3 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

From the same article:

"We just out-played them in every sense of the word."

Wyoming Coach Joe Glenn.

"Over the past 27 years, since a loss to Maryland in 1980, Virginia's two worst performances in terms of total yards have come in its past two games."

Eric Prisbell, in the Washington Post.

"Virginia had been able to hang around thanks mainly to senior Ryan Weigand, who punted 10 times for a 51.4-yard average. Weigand's 514 punting yards broke the school record of 449 yards held by Russ Henderson since 1977.

That 1977 team also was the worst Virginia team offensively until last year's Cavaliers averaged 257.2 yards in Mike Groh's first season as offensive coordinator."

Doug Doughty, in the Roanoke Times.

Bluegrass musician as ambassador

This little green footballs post tells of the new diplomatic position of a former bandsman with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Doyle himself is from near Kingsport.

From YouTube, here are two minutes of Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver with Jamie Dailey:

Has the law on motions to dismiss really changed?

This Legal Theory post links to an article that claims that the law has been changed so much by the recent Supreme Court cases that it is now unconstitutional.

On Virginia as the birthplace of U.S. corporate law

William & Mary Law Professor Oman has this post, titled Virginia and the Birth of Corporate Law.

He says in part:

"The third charter was provoked by the desire of the company to extend its jurisdiction to take in most of the western Atlantic. In particular, they wanted control of Bermuda, where a Virginia-bound ship had wrecked, living about 120 colonists to live on the island for nearly a year while they built a ship to take them to Virginia. (The incident served as the inspiration for Shakespeare's play The Tempest.) The new charter, however, did several things beyond giving the company control over 'The Devil's Isles.'

. . . [M]ost interestingly in my view, it dispensed with the oath of supremacy for investors. This meant that Catholics would be allowed to buy shares in good conscience. The last move is interesting because while the colony remained militantly Protestant and anti-Catholic (or at least anti-Spanish), the innovation does mark the beginning of a shift toward a view of commerce as a realm in which religious differences need not be an impediment to peaceful cooperation."

Professor Tribe, wrong again

This Concurring Opinions post says that Professor Tribe takes the view that a requirement of net neutrality would violate the First Amendment rights of the network providers.

When there is a high level of broadband competition everywhere, then I'll be sympathetic to the "speech" rights of the network owners.

Competition for West and Lexis?

This post links to others discussing a new effort to publish federal and state court opinions for free on the Internet.