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Headline of the day…not so much

Some headlines are funny. Some are inspired. And some are wince-worthy. When I saw this one, I felt their pain, remembering the number of times that we have caught “the Virginia Trail Lawyers Association” on galley — so far as ...

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Disbarment raises questions about reciprocal discipline (access required)

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For the second time in a dozen years, a Virginia State Bar discipline panel has struggled with whether Virginia lawyers should be forced to defend their VSB privileges based on suspension or revocation by federal authorities. The issue of so-called ...

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Diversity Conference approves bylaws amendment

The Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference has made a housekeeping change in its bylaws designed to allow the conference to gain a seat on the VSB’s executive committee. A move to give the diversity panel a voice on the EC ...

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Prosecutor candidate pledges death penalty moratorium

One of the candidates for Charlottesville commonwealth’s attorney would ban death penalty prosecutions in local cases if he’s elected. Steve Deaton, a former commonwealth’s attorney who hopes to win back the job, tells The Hook he thinks the death penalty ...

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Lawyers in short supply at Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly could use a few good lawyers. That seemed to be the message Tuesday as Roanoke state legislators talked about the 2013 General Assembly session with members of the Roanoke Bar Association. “We have reached a tipping ...

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Livin’ on a prairie

Here’s something ironic. More and more law students are graduating from law school without jobs. More and more people who live in rural parts of America are without local lawyers and have to drive far distances to hire same. What ...

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State won’t appeal ruling nixing murder conviction

(AP) The state will not appeal a federal judge’s decision tossing out a 1991 Newport News capital murder conviction. U.S. District Judge James Spencer last month cited withheld evidence in vacating David W. Boyce’s murder and robbery convictions and two ...

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James E. Sheffield (access required)

Former Richmond Circuit Judge James E. Sheffield, the first African-American appointed to a Virginia court since Reconstruction, died March 28. He was 80. Born in Hot Springs, Ark., Judge Sheffield earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in ...

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May trial set on Albemarle County removal petition

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A May 20 trial is set on a petition seeking the removal of an Albemarle County official who pleaded guilty to sexual battery. Earl Smith of Keene submitted the petition to the circuit clerk’s office last week. Smith ...

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