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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Court takes case on immunity for teaching hospitals (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia apparently will decide whether foundations set up to support teaching hospitals have charitable immunity. The court had scheduled arguments before three-justice writ panels for May 18 in two cases from Charlottesville Circuit Court that had ...

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Roanoke firm to merge with firm from Charleston, W.Va. (access required)

Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC, a 102-lawyer firm based in Charleston, W. Va., has offices in Pennsylvania and North Carolina but not in Virginia. That will change July 1 when Spilman absorbs the seven-lawyer Roanoke firm of Melchionna, Day, Ammar ...

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VLF board approves 36 grant awards worth $425K (access required)

The Virginia Law Foundation Board of Directors has approved 36 grant awards totaling $425,000 for law-related projects. With the awards this year, the foundation has provided over $22.4 million dollars in 22 years to programs that provide civil legal assistance ...

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Navy, homeowners reach settlement over jet noise (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—The Justice Department and the Navy have reached a settlement with nearly 2,100 homeowners who had sued over jet noise. The agreement involves property owners who live near Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach and Fentress Naval Auxiliary ...

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W&L's Morant to become law dean at Wake Forest (access required)

Wake Forest University has selected Washington and Lee University law school administrator and professor Blake D. Morant as dean of its law school, effective July 1. Morant joined the W&L law school faculty in 1997 and is associate dean for ...

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VBA to host diversity job fair in August (access required)

The diversity recruitment committee of the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is hosting the VBA’s first annual Diver-sity Job Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2007, at the Embassy Suites Richmond. Online registration for employers is available through June 1 ...

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Officials to meet over Vick's involvement in dog fighting (access required)

NORFOLK—A prosecutor, sheriff and investigators are scheduled to meet Monday to review evidence collected in the weeks since dogs and equipment associated with dog fighting were seized from a home owned by NFL star Michael Vick. No charges have been ...

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Williams Mullen to handle Richmond Habitat's legal needs (access required)

Williams Mullen has agreed to handle pro bono the legal needs of the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, the 15th largest Habitat affiliate in the country. In recent years, several law firms have donated pro bono representation to assist Richmond ...

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Wheelchair fall injuries result in $2.8 million settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, Donna Starcher, had been in an automobile accident in 1983 which left her an incomplete quadriplegic with limited use of her arms and hands. She thereafter built a successful career as an accountant and auditor in the Inspector ...

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Wheelchair accident injuries settled for a total of $2.8M (access required)

Doris Starcher overcame one truly devastating accident. A car wreck in 1983 when she was 23 years old left her an incomplete quadriplegic—incomplete in that she maintained limited use of her arms and hands. There was no recovery because no ...

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