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Retired Justice George M. Cochran passes away at 98 (access required)

Retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice George Moffett Cochran died Jan. 22 at his home in Staunton. He was 98. A native of Staunton, he attended the University of Virginia, earning his undergraduate degree in 1934 and his law degree two ...

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Infant settlement procedures get an overhaul in Fairfax (access required)

Some Northern Virginia judges and lawyers are taking a fresh look at what had been a routine procedure intended to protect the rights of children when settling their civil claims. In Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, judges have decided that, in ...

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UR Law unveils its short list of dean candidates

Richmond Law Dean John Douglass, soon to return to the professorial life, will be succeeded by someone from this list, according to the school: Wendy Perdue, Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Georgetown University Law Center. Joel Reidenberg, the ...

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Chesterfield lawyer killed in police standoff

A domestic violence call that turned into an overnight standoff with police ended Friday morning with the death of Chesterfield lawyer Richard C. “Rick” Ferris II. Officers were called just before midnight for a report of a domestic dispute, according ...

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IOLTA bill headed to Senate floor (access required)

A bill to allow for mandatory use of interest on lawyers’ trust accounts is on its way to full Virginia Senate. Despite concerns about possible burdens on solo and small-firm lawyers, and despite the death of a companion bill in ...

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Commonwealth dodges default in basketball case

Virginia has avoided automatic liability to a New York college based on the failure to file a timely answer to a lawsuit over hiring of a James Madison University basketball coach. A New York judge last month vacated his earlier ...

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Fairfax bar seeks judge funding, but not from VSB

The 2,145-member Fairfax Bar Association has chimed in with the pleas for filling Virginia judicial vacancies. An FBA resolution this week urges General Assembly members to fully fund all vacant judgeships and to reject the governor’s plan to use $5 ...

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