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Snow still affecting some courts

The snow continues to disrupt some court schedules in Virginia. The list of state courts that are closed or opening late Tuesday, Jan. 26, is here. The Alexandria U.S. District courthouse is closed Tuesday. The Alexandria division of the U.S. ...

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Many seek Roanoke Valley judgeship (access required)

A growing field of candidates has asked for the endorsement of Roanoke area attorneys for a general district judgeship expected to be vacated during this General Assembly session. The seat would be open on the Assembly’s expected selection of current ...

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Judge fights federal subpoena in wife’s case (access required)

A Bristol juvenile and domestic relations judge objects to being called as a witness against his wife as she faces trial on federal corruption charges. Kurt J. Pomrenke – a J&DR judge since 2013 – claims a common law privilege ...

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Diversity lacking on the bench? (access required)

Judges Seat

A group of black and Hispanic attorneys has announced an organized effort to increase the number of minority judges on the trial court bench in Northern Virginia. The group, calling itself the Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice ...

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Snowstorm affects Monday court schedules in Virginia

Lingering snow is affecting court schedules throughout Virginia for Monday, Jan. 25. The administrative offices of the Supreme Court of Virginia are closed Monday. A list of other state court closings is posted here. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Incumbent judges re-elected (access required)

In the wake of generally good scores on Judicial Performance Evaluation surveys, the full crop of Virginia judges hoping for re-election this year have been given new terms by the General Assembly. Both the House and Senate elected the incumbent ...

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Marcus gains top post at AALS (access required)

William & Mary law Prof. Paul Marcus has been selected as president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools. The action came Jan. 9 during the association’s annual meeting in New York. Marcus is the Hugh and Nollie Haynes Professor ...

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Clemens to advance to seat in 23rd Circuit (access required)

General District Judge J. Christopher Clemens is likely to move up to the Roanoke Valley circuit bench this year as legislators resolved a split between two bar groups. The two bar associations in the Roanoke Valley endorsed two different candidates ...

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Lawyers challenge implied consent law (access required)

Two Northern Virginia attorneys are collaborating on a challenge to the law that requires drivers to provide a breath alcohol test upon arrest for DUI. The government “cannot punish a person or rescind a governmentally-bestowed privilege as a consequence for ...

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