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The Top 10 News Stories of 2003 (access required)

2003 was an unusually full year for legal news in Virginia. From the problems created by the fall of Glen Allen-based insurance giant Reciprocal of America to the installation of Virginia’s first new Chief Justice in 20-plus years, from the ...

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Norfolk's Kelley Is Tapped For E.D. Seat (access required)

President Bush has nominated Norfolk lawyer Walter D. Kelley Jr. for a pending federal judgeship in Virginia’s Eastern District. U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan announced earlier this year that he would take senior status on Feb. 1, 2004. Kelley, ...

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Man's Estate Can Sue 911 Dispatcher (access required)

The estate of a hit-and-run victim can bring a negligence claim against a 911 dispatcher who allegedly did not send emergency help after the accident had been reported, a Staunton Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first ...

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Conrad Is Confirmed (access required)

U.S. Magistrate Judge Glen E. Conrad was confirmed for a federal judgeship in Virginia’s Western District by a unanimous U.S. Senate last Monday. Conrad will succeed U.S. District Judge James C. Turk, who took senior status in November 2002. And ...

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Plaintiff Is Denied Motion For Nonsuit (access required)

Even though her lawyer sought to take a nonsuit before the judge announced his decision, a plaintiff fighting a motion to dismiss should not have been allowed the nonsuit, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The decision may surprise ...

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