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State to spend $1.5 million for prisoner re-entry programs

The allocations – half federal grant, half local and state in-kind services – will support programs that help former inmates transition back into society, according to a news release from Gov. McDonnell. The governor said the grants, targeted to three ...

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Onward, Christian lawyers (access required)

Lynchburg’s Liberty University law school wants to be known not just as a law school with a Christian mission, but also as a law school producing lawyers who are ready to go to work. Celebrating the school’s full accreditation by ...

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Judge rules prison censorship irrational (access required)

In an opinion replete with literary quotations and references, Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Turk last month overturned a Virginia prison policy that allowed Playboy magazine for inmates while banning famous literary works. Quoting Walt Whitman, James Joyce, and ...

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Legal Destination: Lawyers, Virginia

No signpost marks rural Lawyers, Va., but the tiny community once played host to attorneys and judges as they traveled on horseback and train from courthouse to courthouse. In a series on “Legal Destinations,” VLW has highlighted various locations of ...

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Sanctions ordered for ‘frivolous’ foreclosure suit (access required)

An Alexandria lawyer who has filed numerous lawsuits challenging Northern Virginia foreclosures and evictions has been hit with nearly $10,000 in sanctions by a Fairfax Circuit judge who found the allegations of one action “frivolous.” It’s not the first imposition ...

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Conrad is chief judge in Western District

Roanoke U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad is now chief judge for the Western District of Virginia. A federal statute required the change when Judge James Jones reached the age of 70 this year. Conrad ascended to the chief judge’s post ...

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Need a letter of recommendation? Watch who you ask.

College seniors working on their applications to law school should choose wisely when deciding who to ask for a letter of recommendation. With all the detail work needed for the rest of the application, the requests for recommendations might seem ...

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Richmond lawyer vows to expand entertainment law beyond the coasts (access required)

Richmond lawyer Kirk T. Schroder is working to prove that you don’t have to practice in New York or Hollywood to be a leader in the entertainment law field. The Richmond lawyer is the chair of the American Bar Association’s ...

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Search & Seizure – Vehicle Search – Passenger’s Standing to Challenge Search (access required)

A passenger in a car has no standing to challenge the search of the car by police, and the Court of Appeals affirms convictions for possession of both heroin and a gun. The defendant was a right rear passenger when ...

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