Women in Law

Author: Attorney Tammy Ruble, Esquire

When I graduated from high school in 1977, I was honored to win a scholarship for a "Woman Going Into a Non-Traditional Field" from a local women's group.  I was a bit surprised by the name of the award, as it had never occurred to me that a woman in law was considered unusual.

The year I started college, only 30.1% of the persons entering law school were women. When I started law school in 1981, the number had risen to 37.2%.  The percentage continued to edge up and was 47.1% for the entering class in 2009.[1] Despite this increase, in 2009 the U. S Bureau of Labor statistics reported that only 32.4% of all lawyers were women, although it is encouraging to…

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Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Ranks #9 in the Best Places to Work in Virginia - Mid Size Category

Published in the February issue of Virginia Business Magazine, the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranks #9 among the Best Places to Work in Virginia in the Mid Size Category.

 See the results: http://www.virginiabusiness.com/index.php/news/2010-feb-bestplaces-midsize

Virginia's top companies treat employees like partners

Source: http://www.virginiabusiness.com/index.php/news/article/giving-workers-a-seat-at-the-table/309747/

January 27, 2011 6:00 AM by M.J. McAteer

In 1967, Aretha Franklin asked for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T when she got home.  Now, going on 50 years later, her anthem of domestic empowerment has morphed into the theme song for the enlightened…

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Virginia Accident Law: What Damages Can You Recover?

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In Virginia, the person, company, or other organization at fault for causing an accident is financially responsible for certain damages that may result, including:

any bodily injuries that the injured person sustains, any physical pain and mental anguish that the injured person suffers in the past or future, any disfigurement (such as scarring) and any related humiliation and embarrassment, any inconvenience caused in the past or likely to occur in the future, any medical bills incurred in the past or likely to occur in the future, any lost wages in the past or likely to occur in the future, any loss of the capacity to earn a…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Mourns the Death of Founder Wilbur C. Allen 1925-2011

 It is with sadness that the members of the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen announce the death of Wilbur C. Allen on January 18, 2010. Wilbur Allen was a founding member of the law firm, along with his father, George E. Allen, Sr.; and his two brothers, George E. Allen, Jr. and Ashby B. Allen.

Mr. Allen served as a Lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War, from 1944 to 1947.  He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1950.

Mr. Allen practiced law for 50 years and built a reputation as a fierce advocate for the thousands of injured people he represented.  He leaves an outstanding…

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Trial By Jury: How Are The Members of A Jury Chosen?

Ever wonder how the seven people sitting in the jury box at a civil trial in Virginia get there?  If you've been on a jury, you probably have some idea.  But you still may wonder how you were chosen. The process involves a few steps and a lot of work that you don't see. First, "jury commissioners" for each jurisdiction compile a "master jury list" of Virginia citizens who reside in the jurisdiction where the court is located and who are  legally qualified to serve jurors.  The qualifications include -- but are not limited to -- being over 18 years old, not having been convicted of a felony (or having been convicted but having had the right to vote restored and having resided in that jurisdiction for at least two years.[1]


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Family Values Hold True at Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen - Named one of 2011's Best Places to Work

Founded on family values and a commitment to client service, the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has been named one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of "Best Places to Work" was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. The ranking of the 1st annual Best Places to Work in Virginia will be unveiled and published in the February 2011 issue of Virginia Business.

This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, its work force and businesses. The Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of a total of 50 companies, split…

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Is Your Vehicle Prepared for Winter Weather?

Author: Egena Younger

 It's that time again.  Everyone is busy shopping and looking forward to the festive events associated with the ending of another year.  We are all trying to spend less time outside and avoid the cold temperatures. The days are shorter and the nights are colder.  Yes, winter is upon us.  Iit is time to prepare for the cold temperatures and the unpredictable precipitation we have come to experience in Virginia.  Preparation takes a minimal amount of time and effort, but can prove to be essential to having a safe and enjoyable season.

Winter requires a lot of your vehicle and being sure it is functioning properly is just as important as being sure your home is properly prepared…

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Law Firm Giving Back in Charlottesville - Meals on Wheels Partnership


When we say we want to "give back" to our community, we mean it.  In our Charlottesville office, one way we "give back" is through our participation with the Community Meals on Wheels program.  We help in a number of different ways; one way is helping with delivery service on a monthly basis.  Every month, on our scheduled day, one of us from the Charlottesville office goes to the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center to pick up meals for delivery.  Hot, nutritious meals are prepared by a registered dietitian to meet each client's dietary needs. We load the neatly packed meals in our cars, and then off we go to knock on doors and make the deliveries.

Some recipients are slow to answer the door…

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Texting and Driving - What the Law in Virginia Actually Says

Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Distracted driving remains a major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities.  CNN reports that distracted driving accounted for 16% of traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2009, which is unchanged from 2008.[1] Responding to this problem with regard to cellphones, the Virginia General Assembly enacted Va. Code § 46.2-1078.1, which became effective in July, 2009.[2] This statute largely prohibits driving while texting.

However, enforcement of this law presents some practical problems.  The statute does not make driving while texting a primary offense; that is, a driver cannot be stopped solely for driving while texting and can only be ticketed for violation of the…

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Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony of MADD of Virginia

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

Recently I had the privilege of attending the Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Virginia Chapter) at the Chesterfield Airport.  It was a moving evening to see the men and women of the local police departments and sheriffs' offices recognized for their contributions in stopping drunk drivers and in turn making the highways safer. The evening recognized officers in Central Virginia from Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Prince George, New Kent, Surry, Sussex, Hopewell, Emporia, Colonial Heights and Greensville.

Speaking on behalf of the Allen firm and…

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