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Coaches wearing blinders?

High school coaches in Harrisonburg are under scrutiny for allegedly turning a blind eye to student criminal activity, according to the Daily News Record. The article claims that state law requires teachers and coaches to report substance abuse activity, but ...

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CRESPA bond is doubled

The CRESPA bond requirement is being increased, according to this announcement from the Virginia State Bar. An amendment to Code § 6.1-2.21 increasing the minimum CRESPA surety bond from $100,000 to $200,000 will be effective on July 1, 2008. UPDATE: ...

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Va. Tech families settle, AP says

Lawyers for families of 21 of the Virginia Tech shooting victims said today they have agreed to an $11 million settlement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to an AP account in The Roanoke Times and other newspapers. At least ...

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One injury, one recovery

As we reported recently, it’s an open issue in Virginia whether a plaintiff’s lawyer has to choose between a wrongful death and a survival action before trial. In case we needed reminding, here comes a Maryland federal court decision (by ...

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Scalia in Charlottesville Thursday

According to this website, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will speak at UVA Law School Thursday on “The Wall of Separation.” Apparently, he will address Jefferson’s view of church and state, although it is not known if he will comment ...

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Roanoke child advocacy agencies to merge

Two nonprofit agencies that work with courts as advocates for abused children have announced plans to merge, according to this item from the Roanoke Times. The merger will join the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Roanoke Valley and the Roanoke ...

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Picking our own bosses?

State Senator Ralph Smith of Troutville thinks lawyers have too much say in who becomes a judge in Virginia. He sees bar endorsements as a conflict of interest for those who have to practice before the judge. Today, he ventured ...

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