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$28M is awarded in Federal Tort Claim med-mal lawsuit (access required)

In June 2000, a little less that three years after her first son had been born with brain damage that left him retarded and disfigured by cerebral palsy, Jennifer Cibula visited doctors at the Bethesda Medical Center to talk about ...

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Employer gets new defamation trial (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit judge has ordered a new trial in a defamation case based on statements about an ex-employee’s “conflicts with co-workers,” “work style” and departure “for another job that was more flexible.” Although relatively innocuous, these alleged assessments by ...

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Senators back 7 for two district judgeships (access required)

Virginia Sens. John Warner and Jim Webb have recommended seven candidates for two federal judgeships in the Eastern District of Virginia. If nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate, two of the candidates would succeed Judge T.S. Ellis ...

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Indigent defense confab focuses on school violence (access required)

An expert on school violence says he fears that the Virginia Tech shootings last month will result in a focus on responses that don’t work rather than an emphasis on those that do. Dr. Dewey G. Cornell, a clinical psychologist ...

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Biological mother loses appeal in visitation dispute (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia last Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by a woman who lost a high-profile child custody and visitation battle with her former lesbian partner. The court ruled that Lisa Miller-Jenkins failed to properly file notice of ...

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Arlington schools sued for refusing to distribute ex-gay fliers (access required)

McLEAN—An organization that provides support for people who renounce their homosexuality is suing a Northern Virginia school system for refusing to distribute its fliers to students. The lawsuit, filed May 1 in federal court in Alexandria by Parents and Friends ...

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Some fear planned high-rises could eclipse the District (access required)

ARLINGTON—Arlington County is moving forward with plans to build two high-rise towers across the Potomac River from Washington, prompting concerns that the structures will overshadow the National Mall. The Arlington County Board’s approval of the plan also comes after the ...

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Man charged in plan to raffle prizes for City Council votes (access required)

A man who promised chances to win prizes in exchange for voting for two Waynesboro City Council candidates has been charged with bribery and issuing unlawful political advertisements. George Hartsook, of Stuarts Draft, faces two misdemeanor charges stemming from his ...

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The Weekly Recap (access required)

Editor’s Note: The following selected stories appeared in the VLW Daily E-Mail Alert and as featured daily news links on the VLW Web site, www.valawyersweekly.com, from May 4 to May 10. The originating source of a story is indicated after ...

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School is in session for summer associates (access required)

Law students who are starting summer associate positions often need a “reality check.” Whether these aspiring lawyers are moving from the casual summer employment of their college days, or switching professional fields, they will have to understand and adapt to ...

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