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Pact barring work for any other CIA contractor struck (access required)

The departure of a security guard from one company to become an administrative assistant at another hardly seems like the type of case that would involve two large law firms, much less result in a 4-3 decision from the Supreme ...

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VTLA beats VSB to punch in providing online research (access required)

Virginia State Bar members may get Fastcase, the online legal research service, at no additional cost in the next few months. Members of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association have access to Fastcase today at no additional cost. Jack L. Harris, ...

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Panel to begin revamp of state's appellate rules (access required)

No more “gotchas.” Well, certainly not as many anyway. That’s one of the goals of an advisory committee on the rules for Virginia’s appellate courts that will meet for the first time Wednesday. Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons is ...

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Prosecutors pursue assault case, man takes Alford plea (access required)

Claire Cardwell and Deirdre Enright were paid for helping to win the dismissal of federal murder charges filed against Darrell David Rice in the deaths of two women in Shenandoah National Park. They were so convinced of his innocence they ...

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Road not “residential” under restrictive covenant (access required)

A Northern Virginia developer tried a creative way to get access to a landlocked 50-acre tract near the Occoquan River. The wife of the developer bought one of the homes in Riverview Estates, the subdivision next to the tract in ...

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Appeals court chief to retire (access required)

Johanna L. Fitzpatrick, a judge for 25 years and chief judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals for almost seven years, will retire April 1. Fitzpatrick said she is announcing her retirement now to give the General Assembly an opportunity ...

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Rule would regulate court appearances by out-of-staters (access required)

Appearances pro hac vice in Virginia by out-of-state lawyers would become much more formal, not to mention expensive, under a revised rule of court proposed by the Virginia State Bar’s Task Force on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice. The VSB Council will vote ...

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Costs of Code republishing are beginning to surface (access required)

No one who uses the Code of Virginia regularly would dispute the General Assembly’s observation this year that it is “increasingly convoluted and disorganized.” Fifty-five years of legislation and revisions of titles and chapters reflecting the legislation have left it ...

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VSB receives only one bid for online research (access required)

Fastcase submitted the only proposal last week in response to the Virginia State Bar’s request for ways to provide online legal research service to every member of the organization. “We’ll go through the steps of the process to determine if ...

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Family Court may cost more than $19M a year (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia staff has some numbers on the proposed family court, squishy though they may be. Cyril Miller, director of judicial planning in the court’s administrative office, used that term several times last week when describing the ...

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