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ASL professor receives award for article on restorative justice (access required)

Assistant Professor Cynthia Alkon has won the $5,000 award given annually by the Appalachian School of Law for the best legal article published by an ASL faculty member. The article – “Reconciliation of Criminal Cases in Central Asia: A Sign ...

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Young lawyers to provide help for tornado victims (access required)

Attorneys from around the state are offering free legal assistance to victims of tornadoes that caused extensive damage in Southeast and Central Virginia on April 28. Persons who suffered damage from the tornadoes can reach a volunteer attorney by calling ...

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Deputy defender in Portsmouth named to succeed Underwood (access required)

Brenda Spry, the longtime deputy public defender in Portsmouth, has been named the city’s public defender. Spry, who joined the office in 1990, had been acting defender at times during the illness of her predecessor John H. Underwood III, who ...

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Western District adopts policy for redaction of transcripts (access required)

Attorneys practicing in the federal courts of the Western District of Virginia are being told that they have the responsibility to make sure their clients’ private information does not appear in publicly available transcripts from trials and hearings. Keeping private ...

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Kaine asks for SCC names; bar groups to vet candidates (access required)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has asked those interested in filling the vacancy created by the retirement of State Corporation Commissioner Theodore V. Morrison Jr. to submit their names and supporting documentation to his staff by May 31. Mark E. Rubin, ...

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Crime Commission to begin examination of gun show sales (access required)

The Virginia State Crime Commission will take a limited look at the private sale of guns at shows, which has been criticized by advocates of gun control. In Virginia, private sellers at gun shows don’t have to run background checks ...

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Gov. Kaine to call June roads session (access required)

Legislators will return to Richmond one more time this year, said Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. Kaine said in a radio interview on April 24 that within the next two weeks he will call a special session on transportation funding for ...

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Government approves Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia (access required)

McLEAN—The federal government has given tentative approval to a planned Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia. The approval announced last Wednesday is a critical step toward obtaining the needed $900 million in federal funding for the $5 billion project. It would ...

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Three honored for Model Judiciary Program work (access required)

Gov. Tim Kaine presented three YMCA Service to Youth Awards at the opening ceremonies of the Virginia Model General Assembly program held in Richmond last month. The recipients were Fairfax General District Judge Ian M. O’Flaherty, Reston lawyer Michael J. ...

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Judge wants assurances medication will continue (access required)

A federal judge said he will not sentence a man convicted of bank fraud to a prison term unless the U.S. Bureau of Prisons assures him the defendant will continue to receive needed medications. U.S. District Judge Robert Payne delayed ...

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