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State employee fired after drug test wins reinstatement, back pay (access required)

A Chesapeake judge has reinstated with back pay a Department of Corrections captain who was fired after testing positive for marijuana. The employer ran afoul of its own drug-testing policy, according to the court’s decision on appeal from the state ...

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Tower returns to McCammon Group

Guy K. Tower, who stepped down last month after six years as executive director of the Virginia Bar Association, has rejoined The McCammon Group. Tower was a founding member of The McCammon Group in 1995 before leaving in 2003 to ...

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Proposed advertising rules tweaked

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics again has tweaked its proposed revisions of the rules that govern lawyer advertising. The most substantive change is elimination of an earlier proposal to require lawyers to retain copies of their ...

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McClanahan, Powell elected to Supreme Court

The General Assembly elected Virginia Court of Appeals Judges Elizabeth A. McClanahan and Cleo E. Powell to the Supreme Court of Virginia last Friday. The legislature then filled the court of appeals vacancies by electing Glen A. Huff, a former ...

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Bucking the trend (access required)

Law school applications are down about 10 percent from last year, nationwide and in the commonwealth. But two Virginia law schools – the University of Richmond and Regent University – are bucking that trend. Applications at UR are up 13 ...

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High court says no to shutting down state government (access required)

Some motions don’t require a lot of legal analysis. On July 12, while his conviction for having what appeared to be a weapon of terrorism was on appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia, Mark Ryland Dowdy filed a pro ...

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Court sets aside earlier order on laches (access required)

Never mind, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today in holding that it reversed a Smyth County circuit judge on a point that it shouldn’t have considered in the first place. The issue arose from a claim that an accountant ...

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VSB order recommends no reinstatement for Morrissey

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has issued its formal order recommending denial of Del. Joe Morrissey’s petition for reinstatement of his law license. The order restates at considerably greater length – 63 pages to be exact – the findings ...

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