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Debt case booted from U.S. Supreme Court (access required)

Discover Bank will have to fight its debt collection case against a Maryland woman in state court rather than federal court, a split Supreme Court has held. The 5-4 decision last week should have a significant impact on the way ...

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Virginia legal marketing group elects new board (access required)

The Virginias Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association has elected new officers and members of its board of directors. The new board members will serve until Dec. 31. They are: • Christina Llames, President, Marketing Coordinator, LeClairRyan • M. Alison Joy, President-Elect, ...

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‘UR Downtown’ center opens in Richmond (access required)

The University of Richmond has opened its “UR Downtown” to serve as a hub for legal and social services to the community. UR Downtown opened for limited service in January in the former Franklin Federal Savings & Loan building at ...

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In June, VSB likely to act on diversity, ‘payee notification’ (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council will have two significant action items on the agenda for its June meeting in Virginia Beach. The council will consider revising the agency’s mission statement to include promotion of “diversity in the administration of justice ...

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Portsmouth’s Del. Melvin announces his retirement (access required)

Del. Kenneth Melvin, a Democrat from Portsmouth, is retiring his House seat after 12 terms. One of the House’s most passionate orators, Melvin, 56, became perhaps General Assembly’s most articulate advocate of minority rights since he took his seat in ...

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Supreme Court overturns 4th Circuit on gun possession ban (access required)

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld last week the conviction of a West Virginia man for violating a federal law barring people convicted in domestic violence cases from possessing firearms. In a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Hicks named top PD in Arlington (access required)

Vanessa Hicks, the deputy public defender in Arlington since May 2005, has been appointed to the top spot in the office. She succeeds John C. Young, who has been ill and left the office on long-term disability. A graduate of ...

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Judge upholds punitives award against drunk driver (access required)

A circuit judge has refused to set aside a $280,000 verdict for a car crash victim who incurred less than $800 in initial medical expenses. Upholding the verdict in Showker v. Kratzer, Rockingham County Circuit Judge James V. Lane rejected ...

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Mims elected AG (access required)

The Virginia General Assembly elected former delegate and senator William C. Mims as the state’s 45th attorney general on Thursday. Mims had served as chief deputy attorney general under Attorney General Bob McDonnell since January 2006. McDonnell stepped down earlier ...

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Kaine, British ambassador pen environment accord (access required)

Virginia and the United Kingdom entered a partnership to jointly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop environmentally friendly technology jobs. Gov. Tim Kaine and the British ambassador to the United States, Nigel Sheinwald, signed the deal Feb. 12 in the ...

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