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Senate, House to reconcile how to thaw judicial freeze (access required)

Come, let us reason together. It’s time for the “reconciliation” process. The Senate Finance and House Appropriations committees have some serious reconciling to do on the freeze on filling judicial vacancies. The Senate committee would melt the freeze by appropriating ...

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Justice Leroy Hassell dies (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. died Feb. 8 after a long illness. He was 55. He was the first African-American to lead the court when he was elected chief in 2002; it was the first time the ...

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Assignment recordation bill killed after all

The effort to require recordation of mortgage assignments in court records is finally dead. Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, managed to resurrect his proposal, Senate Bill 838, that would have required the recordation of mortgage assignments in court records yesterday. The ...

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Richmond’s Durrette and Crump firms merge (access required)

The Richmond law firms of Durrette Bradshaw PC and McSweeney, Crump, Childress & Temple PC have merged to form the firm of DurretteCrump PLC. The firm will have 27 lawyers with offices on the 16th floor of the Bank of ...

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Request for Counsel ‘Unequivocal,’ But Still ‘Ambiguous’ (access required)

On rehearing en banc, the Court of Appeals upholds a trial court’s conclusion that defendant’s statement, “That’s what I want, a lawyer,” was not a request for counsel that should have been honored by police, because the circumstances surrounding the ...

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Baril goes to Sands Anderson

Stephen E. Baril, a longtime litigator at Williams Mullen, has moved to Sands Anderson. “I am thrilled to be part of a firm with a litigation legacy and one that’s laser-focused on the Richmond business community and has an entrepreneurial ...

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Seabolt is Troutman’s first COO

Robert D. Seabolt, a partner in the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders LLP, has been named to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Seabolt, 55, is a litigator who concentrates his practice on antitrust enforcement and white collar ...

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Practice tip: How to write like the big dogs

Ted Olson and David Boies are probably most famous for squaring off against each other in Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court case that decided the 2000 election. Last year, they were on the same team in a lawsuit ...

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Assignment recordation bill revived

Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, won approval this morning in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee of his Senate Bill 838, which would require the recordation of assignments of debts secured by a deed of trust. The measure was defeated Thursday ...

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