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Mike Pace’s very good month

Roanoke lawyer Mike Pace, the managing partner at Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, has had a very good month. According to a press release from his firm, Pace (right) was awarded a double whammy of good in November. Washington and ...

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McQuinn likely to take mayor-elect’s seat in House

Richmond City Councilwoman Delores L. McQuinn won the Democratic nomination to succeed Richmond Mayor-Elect Dwight Clinton Jones on Saturday. McQuinn prevailed over attorney Carlos Brown at a Democratic firehouse primary, 398-82. McQuinn had supported the mayoral bid of Jones, who ...

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Criminal – Speedy Trial Act – Bank Fraud – Dismissal With Prejudice

Although a Roanoke U.S. District Court thinks the bank fraud and conspiracy charges against defendant are serious, the 229-day violation of the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3162, is a significant delay that has prejudiced defendant, and the charges ...

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New lawyer pay flat: Firms stay at ’07 levels, hiring tight (access required)

The skyrocket has landed. With a thud. Last year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported that salaries for new associates at Virginia law firms had “skyrocketed” with some firms upping their starting annual pay by as much as $35,000. It’s a different ...

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Arbitration award is enforceable (access required)

An Alexandria political consultant who breached his employment contract can’t overturn a $366,037 judgment against him by claiming the contract’s arbitration clause did not call for judicial enforcement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Dec. 3. The consultant, ...

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Judges’ job evaluations to remain confidential (access required)

The General Assembly this session will consider the first five judges to face reelection since the Supreme Court’s judicial performance evaluation program started. But the evaluations for those judges will remain strictly confidential, with only members of the Assembly being ...

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Should counties be subject to the Tort Claims Act? (access required)

The 2009 General Assembly will be asked to approve a study that could lay the groundwork for allowing accident victims to sue Virginia counties. Virginia counties long have been protected by the common law doctrine of sovereign immunity, which means ...

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Bars to review candidates for seat on Appeals Court (access required)

Several statewide bar groups have set Dec. 29 as the deadline for the submission of interest by candidates in replacing Judge Jean Harrison Clements on the Virginia Court of Appeals. Clements is retiring at the end of the year because ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

The council of the American Law Institute (ALI) has elected George Mason University professor Michael I. Krauss of Arlington as one of its 79 new members. * * * Shalanda Franklin-Verdell has joined the Norfolk office of Vandeventer Black. Franklin-Verdell ...

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GDC chosen as venue for soft-tissue injury claim – $15,000 Verdict (access required)

The collision involved two bobtail tractor trucks (tractor-trailers without trailers attached) in the port area in Norfolk. Treatment consisted of an emergency room visit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital immediately following the accident and follow-up through Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, ...

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