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10 seek seat on high court (access required)

Ten candidates, including four members of the Virginia Court of Appeals, have told the Virginia State Bar they are interested in filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia that will be created by the retirement of Justice Lawrence ...

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Chief justice to get VTLA Service Award (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. will receive the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2010. In announcing the award, VTLA President Matthew B. Murray said it is intended to honor those “whose commitment to the law ...

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Waiver proposal leads bill of fare at Boyd-Graves (access required)

Waivers of personal jurisdiction are supposed to be “knowing and intentional.” But Virginia circuit courts do not follow a uniform practice in applying that standard, according to members of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Some courts have held that a defendant has ...

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Richmond federal court hears ‘Obamacare’ case (access required)

The pivot point for Virginia’s challenge to the federal health care reform package at the Oct. 18 hearing in Richmond federal court was the federal legislation’s “individual mandate,” which requires a person to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The ...

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Scalia to speak at UR

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the University of Richmond’s Orator-in-Residence this year, will speak at the Jepson Alumni Center at noon on Nov. 19. His topic will be “Do Words Matter?” and he will sign copies of a book ...

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Supreme Court sets November argument docket (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear arguments on Nov. 1 on whether trial courts in Norfolk and Alexandria properly used extraordinary writs to provide relief for immigrants who otherwise would have been deported because of misdemeanor convictions. Each defendant ...

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Two more say they would like to replace Koontz (access required)

Two circuit judges – Joseph W. Milam Jr. from Danville and Pamela S. Baskervill of Petersburg – have added their names to those who are interested in succeeding Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Milam ...

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