In Honor of the Retirement of Fran Atkinson after 39 ½ years!

Author: Melinda H. South, Attorney 

Fran began her career as a teacher at Robert E. Lee Junior High School in Danville teaching U.S. and Virginia History to 7th and 8th graders.  She then came to the Allen Law Firm and worked here full time for 4 years. Fran was one of the first people that new clients saw.  She returned to her first career, teaching, first at Thomas Dale High School and then at Lloyd C. Bird High School teaching Government, World History, U. S. History and Practical Law.  Of course, she received lots of advice and help from the attorneys here with that last course!  She retired from teaching in 2002.  Through out her teaching career she continued to work part time for the law firm.  She…

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2012 Bills Pending Before the Virginia General Assembly: A Digression on Resolutions

Author Melinda H. South, Attorney

Each year, the Virginia General Assembly considers thousands of pieces of legislation and decides whether to pass them into law, table them for further review, or to turn them down.[1] Scrolling through the list of the bills that have been introduced, it is a mystery how so much work will be addressed in such a short period of time.   Even though this year is a "long session" lasting 60 days[2], over a thousand bills to review is still a lot of work!   Rather than discussing some important bill making its way through the General Assembly that will affect the practice of personal injury law which our Firm does, this article will look at two of the resolutions recognizing…

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Congratulations 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year: Margaret "Meg" Smith of Lynchburg

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

Congratulations Margaret A. "Meg" Smith of Lynchburg, VA, the 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Meg Smith was honored at an evening reception on Friday October 14 at the Holiday Inn Kroger Conference Center along with the other seven regional Teachers of the Year. Meg Smith is an eighth grade English literature teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation in Lynchburg. She will represent Virginia in the National Teacher of the Year program in Washington.

Richmond injury attorney R. Clayton Allen presented Ms. Smith with a check for $2,500 on behalf of the Allen Law Firm. For many years now the law firm of Allen & Allen has been involved with the…

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George E. Allen Scholarship Awards 2011

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

Recently on a beautiful spring evening at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 15 incredible high school seniors were recognized by The Allen Law Firm with George E. Allen Scholarships to the school of their choice.  I had the privilege of serving on the Selection Committee this year and it is no small task to select just 15.  There were nearly 500 applications for these scholarships and we have great people who review each application to determine if they qualify.  The Committee reviewed the applications prior to a meeting to select the most deserving.  Then the Committee, which is made up of attorneys and staff in our Firm, met for several hours to discuss who the fifteen…

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May is Military Appreciation Month - but so is every month

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

Governor McDonnell officially recognized May as Military Appreciation Month.  In the Certificate of Recognition, Governor McDonnell stated there are nearly 200,000 Virginians serving on active duty in the National Guard or other reserve components, or as civilian federal defense contractors employed at installations throughout the Commonwealth.  He recognized the sacrifices made by the members of the United States Armed Forces and their family members.  Almost everyone has been touched in some way by the current conflicts.  Some of us - for the first time in our lives - are going through  the pain and anguish of watching a person we know go off to war.  Many of us have…

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