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Work on dam stopped after new cost estimates (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—Local officials have halted design work on a project to build a dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir after learning that the estimated cost has nearly doubled. The project was intended to supply drinking water to the Charlottesville area for the ...

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Port Authority to cut staff, reorganize (access required)

NORFOLK—The Virginia Port Authority board has unanimously voted to reorganize the agency and cut staffing. The decision last week includes offering early retirement buyouts in an attempt to reduce the agency’s 157-person staff by 7 percent, adding three new deputy ...

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Appeals court answers high court concern on dismissals (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has responded to a Supreme Court of Virginia opinion in April that took the intermediate appellate court to task for dismissing cases under Rule 5A:20(e). That provision requires that the opening brief include “[t]he principles ...

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Ex-Appeals Court clerk Davis takes JPE post (access required)

Patricia Davis is the new director of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program, the state’s three-year old system for surveying the performance of sitting judges. Davis served as the first clerk of the Virginia Court of Appeals, and as a senior ...

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With pay and penalties, companies push law firm diversity (access required)

Companies are using the proverbial carrot, or stick, or sometimes both to prompt real movement toward greater diversity in law firm staffing for corporate legal matters. Some companies offer bonuses to law firms. Others threaten to take away their business. ...

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DOJ shifts privilege policy (access required)

Federal prosecutors can no longer demand that companies waive the attorney-client privilege as a bargaining chip in corporate criminal prosecutions, the Department of Justice recently announced. The DOJ’s new corporate charging policy replaces the controversial McNulty Memo. The move was ...

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How Millennials could change the legal workplace (access required)

Over the course of the last decade, Terri Krivosha has noticed a widening generation gap in her firm between baby boomers, older Generation Xers and a new crop of young attorneys – the Millennials. “Each generation waits for the generation ...

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Legislation could spur spike in ADA suits (access required)

Lawmakers are poised to pass new legislation that would broaden the number of people considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law, if passed, would likely cause a rise in requests for workplace accommodations, and a spike in ...

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EEOC issues new guidance on workplace religious bias (access required)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a new Compliance Manual Section dealing with religious discrimination in the workplace. The number of filings complaining about this type of discrimination rose to a record high last year. The new manual section ...

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Minimal presence of N.C. judges on 4th Circuit raises concerns (access required)

[A version of this article originally appeared in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, a sister publication of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.] Despite boasting the largest population among the 4th Circuit’s five Mid-Atlantic states, North Carolina holds only one of the court’s 15 ...

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