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So, who wants to be a juror?

You probably know that if you are a practicing lawyer, you can get out of jury duty. The Virginia Code provides an exemption in § 8.01-341. In addition to exempting the president, the governor and any judge of any court, ...

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Petersen won’t run for governor in 2013

Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax, who had been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2013, took himself out of the running late yesterday. In a lengthy post on Facebook, he explained his reasons. He said he had been getting ...

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Good Guy: Rob Kaplan

Whenever we have written a story on law school placement or new associate hiring, for the past 26 years, we’ve always called Rob Kaplan, dean of career services, at the William & Mary law school to find out the scoop ...

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No expert fees when a nonsuit is taken at trial (access required)

When a plaintiff takes a nonsuit during trial, the defendant is not entitled to fees and costs for its expert witnesses, according to a Richmond Circuit judge. The nonsuit statute, Virginia Code § 8.01-380(C), permits the assessment of expert witness ...

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Pace to receive award from Hampden-Sydney

Roanoke lawyer G. Michael Pace Jr. has been selected to receive the Patrick Henry Award, given by the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest at Hampden-Sydney College. Pace, a 1979 graduate of Hampden-Sydney, is being recognized for career ...

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VLW honored by VPW

Virginia Lawyers Weekly received three awards from the Virginia Press Women, including a first-place for news reporting, when the VPW announced the winners of its 2012 Communications Contest this past weekend. VLW Executive Editor Deborah Elkins gained a top honor ...

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Rakes receives Leadership in Education award

The Virginia State Bar has established a leadership award in the field of legal education. It will be named for its first recipient, Roanoke lawyer William R. Rakes. Rakes received the award April 22 at the 20th Anniversary Conclave on ...

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