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Sexual harassment matter of ‘public concern’

Here’s one for the public-sector employment lawyers. Those lawyers know that public employees have First Amendment rights and can sue employers who abridge those rights. But the First Amendment only protects employee speech on matters of “public concern.” A lot ...

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Wiccans win round on military tombstones

The Washington Post reports that the Bush administration has given up its efforts to block Wiccans from putting their religious symbol, a pentacle (a five-pointed star in a circle), on the tombstones of soldiers who are buried in a military ...

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Stolle, Norment cleared of conflict charges

Roanoke lawyer David Nixon claimed that two senators – Ken Stolle and Tommy Norment – broke the conflict of interest of rules when they worked to rewrite Virginia’s eminent domain laws during the past General Assembly session. Their firm, Kaufman ...

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Diaz, O’Connell leave Rees, Broome & Diaz

Ray Diaz and Ed O’Connell, both experienced community association lawyers, have left Vienna-based Rees, Broome & Diaz to join Whiteford Taylor & Preston. The latter firm, with its home base in Baltimore, has over 155 lawyers in five offices throughout ...

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VBA recommends 11 for 4th Circuit vacancies

Two Virginia Supreme Court justices, two federal judges and two law professors are among the Virginia Bar Association’s recommendations for two vacancies on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Virginia Sen. Jim Webb asked bar groups earlier this year ...

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On the Virginia Tech shootings

The news of Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech was horrific and unsettling and unfathomable. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, and with all who have been affected. The support for the school from all corners ...

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Supreme Court adopts Clients’ Protection Fund fee

The Supreme Court of Virginia approved on Friday the assessment of a $25 fee on all active members of the Virginia State Bar to support the Clients’ Protection Fund. The approval had been expected because the VSB Council had recommended ...

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