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Trial Report Plus: Woman awake during surgery wins $150,000 (access required)

A woman whose anesthesiologist failed to properly render her unconscious during surgery has been awarded $150,000 by a Newport News jury. The plaintiff alleged post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the surgery, during which she was awake but ...

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The Virginia Bar Exam: ?Torture? Gives Way To Smiles For July ?98 Test-Takers (access required)

More than 1,100 prospective lawyers filled the Roanoke Civic Center July 28-29 for the semi-annual ritual known as the Virginia Bar Examination. While some test takers found the exam more difficult than others, all seemed to enjoy one part best: ...

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VBA unveils new website (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association has increased its presence on the Internet with a new and improved website, unveiled at the group’s annual meeting July 16-19 at The Homestead. VBA leaders planned a site that would provide a practical and convenient ...

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Badly burned boy awarded $20M in Charles City Co. (access required)

A 12-year-old boy who suffered severe burns after chasing a tennis ball into a Virginia Power substation has won a $20 million verdict from a Charles City County jury. The award ties the statewide record for a personal injury verdict; ...

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Sergent is tapped for Lee County judgeship (access required)

Pennington Gap lawyer Birg E. Sergent has been appointed by Gov. Jim Gilmore to fill a judicial vacancy in the 30th Circuit. Sergent took the bench July 1 at the Lee County Circuit Court in Jonesville. “I’m just getting my ...

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Hairston takes over ODBA (access required)

As the new president of the Old Dominion Bar Association, Richmond lawyer Curtis M. Hairston Jr. hopes to expand the support and services the bar offers its membership. “Something we plan to emphasize is providing services to our members,” said ...

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Trial Report Plus: Suit over commissions sets Chesterfield record (access required)

A company denied commissions on an insurance deal it helped arrange for another corporation has won a jury verdict of $6.2 million in Chesterfield County Circuit Court. The award, the largest jury verdict in Chesterfield’s history, included $5 million for ...

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Reveley named W&M law dean (access required)

W. Taylor Reveley III has passed yet another milestone in his remarkable legal career – the Hunton & Williams partner has been named dean of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Reveley, who’s already been everything from a U.S. ...

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Appalachian law school marks its inaugural year (access required)

A few years ago, Norton lawyer Joe Wolfe had a dream. He envisioned a law school in the far western reaches of the state that would serve as both a legal resource and an engine for the area’s economy. “There ...

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Monument to civil rights lawyer Tucker to be unveiled (access required)

The late civil rights lawyer Samuel Wilbert Tucker will be honored with a monument to be unveiled this Sunday, June 21, at Langston Terrace, his former Greensville County home. Tucker is perhaps best known for his role in the 1968 ...

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