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Supreme Court scorecard (access required)

Baseball may be the classic game of statistics, but blogging lawyer Jay O’Keeffe suggests stats about appellate law can be a pastime of equal interest for attorneys. O’Keeffe has started keeping score on decisions of the Supreme Court of Virginia. ...

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Judge: ‘Twiqbal’ doesn’t apply to affirmative defenses (access required)

Breaking with other Virginia federal judges, Roanoke U.S. District Judge Samuel G. Wilson has ruled the stricter “plausibility” standard used to judge civil complaints does not apply to affirmative defenses. The heightened civil pleading standard derives from two U.S. Supreme ...

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Obama nominates two for Virginia judgeships

President Barack Obama has nominated federal public defender Arenda Wright Allen and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanski for two U.S. district court judgeships in Virginia. Wright Allen is the assistant federal public defender in charge of the Norfolk office. ...

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4th Circuit judges give help with ‘Rule of Law’ project

Middle and high school students around Virginia are getting schooled in the importance of the law through the Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law project. Events this month have exposed students to the unique government lesson in Petersburg, the Charlottesville ...

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Reality Check (access required)

The decline in the job market for law school graduates has generated a bitter backlash against the business of legal education. Law schools are being accused of running Ponzi schemes and worse as students claim they were lured into expensive ...

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