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Bar counsel to step down

George A. Chabalewski, the head of the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary system since June 2006, has submitted his resignation, effective July 9. Chabalewski joined the bar staff after 20 years as a civil litigator in the Virginia attorney general’s office. ...

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Southside judge injured

Powhatan County District Judge Paul W. Cella reportedly is hospitalized with multiple injuries following a motorcycle accident yesterday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Cella’s BMW motorcycle collided with an automobile on U.S. Route 360 near Central Garage. A state trooper ...

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A new approach to 3L

The Washington & Lee University law school has unveiled a new program, entitled “The New Third Year,” designed to make the last year of law school meaningful. Students will participate in a curriculum that is entirely experiential, using the final ...

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Doctor’s noncompete decision withdrawn

In the March 3 issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, we reported an interesting twist in a doctor’s noncompete case out of Winchester Circuit Court. The case is General Surgery Specialists v. Bowers. A judge held that a noncompete prohibiting a ...

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Judicial elections in OT?

The General Assembly will extend its session by three days, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Disagreements remain on the budget, but legislators apparently can’t agree on judicial choices, either. Some 36 seats – including a spot on both the State Corporation ...

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Kitten thief convicted of misdemeanor

A man who stole a kitten from the SPCA because he couldn’t afford the $100 adoption fee was convicted of a misdemeanor in Richmond General District Court on Tuesday. The judge gave Carlos Marshall a 12-month suspended sentence, fined him ...

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McGuireWoods to grow to almost 900 lawyers

McGuireWoods LLP will merge the Helms Mullis & Wicker PLLC, a Charlotte-based firm with 145 lawyers, on March 31. McGuireWoods Chairman Richard Cullen said the firms’ “complementary expertise in capital markets, business litigation and corporate law … is a natural ...

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J&DR judge from Wytheville charged with DUI

Wythe County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Michael K. Blankenship was charged with drunken driving on Saturday, reports the Roanoke Times. Blankenship was stopped in Smyth County after police were told to be on the lookout for a Subaru driving ...

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Griffith makes case for reappointment

Norfolk Circuit Judge Charles D. Griffith Jr. acknowledged to members of the Senate and House Courts of Justice Committees yesterday that there’s usually “a kernel of truth” to any complaint about a judge’s performance or demeanor. He said he believes ...

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