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Author Archives: Deborah Elkins and Paul Fletcher

Class of 2009: Virginia Lawyers Weekly announces ‘Leaders in the Law’ (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is proud to announce the Class of 2009 in the “Leaders in the Law” program. The project seeks to recognize lawyers who set the standard for other lawyers – by changing practice, serving the community, changing the ...

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Scenes from the VBA's 2001 winter meeting (access required)

Talk about going into a bar meeting with four or five strikes against you. A tip of the cap to the Virginia Bar Association for managing a successful winter meeting in Williamsburg despite a number of potential problems: The Williamsburg ...

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Scenes From The VBA Winter Meeting (access required)

It was a “millennial homecoming” for the Virginia Bar Association in Williamsburg Jan. 13-16. Since it was the first meeting of the new millennium (give or take a year), leaders of the group thought it was a pretty good idea ...

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Desertion By Wife Was 'Negative' Contribution (access required)

Where a wife moved out while her husband was in intensive care, her desertion was a “negative nonmonetary contribution” to the marriage, and she cannot complain about the court’s 22-88 split of their marital property, the Court of Appeals of ...

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Juvenile Can Use Insanity Defense (access required)

A 13-year-old defendant can use the insanity defense in a delinquency proceeding, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The statutes on juvenile delinquency proceedings neither provide for nor prohibit the insanity ...

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Abuse of wife, kids costs man during E.D. (access required)

A husband who physically abused his wife and disabled children will pay for that behavior during equitable distribution, under a ruling by a Fairfax Circuit judge. The abuse, coupled with an affair with a former friend of the wife, constituted ...

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FMLA liability is upheld, but record verdict nixed (access required)

A Wal-Mart store violated an employee’s federally protected job rights by refusing to restore the employee to his supervisor job when he returned to work after treatment for a brain tumor, and then firing him after he threatened legal action ...

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?Community caretaker? not allowed into home (access required)

Police who are investigating a crime cannot justify their search of a man’s home under the “community caretaker” doctrine, the en banc Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The “community caretaker” doctrine, based on a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case, ...

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