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Kuhnel is new Roanoke county attorney

The Roanoke County board of supervisors has named Ruth Ellen Kuhnel as county attorney, to succeed the retiring Paul M. Mahoney. Kuhnel has served as assistant county attorney and senior assistant county attorney for eight years. For five years, she ...

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Bankruptcy judges to lunch with lawyers

Western District bankruptcy judges plan to discuss practice issues with lawyers in a pair of brown bag lunch sessions in Lynchburg and Roanoke. Judge Rebecca Connelly and Judge Paul Black will take part in lunch meetings on Oct. 15 in ...

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Keep international meetings, bar study group urges

Despite bitter criticism of the cancellation of a planned Israel trip this year, a Virginia State Bar study group recommends continuing the VSB’s annual overseas excursions. The seven-member study group unanimously agreed the bar’s Midyear Legal Seminar is “within the ...

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More courts closing for Friday’s bike races

Richmond courts will close Friday because of multiple downtown street closings for bicycle races. Richmond Circuit Court and district level courts announced Wednesday they will be closed Friday. The closings apply to all courts in both the John Marshall Courts ...

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Judge derails ‘Vienna Metro’ fee standard for lease case (access required)


Rejecting the touchstone Vienna Metro attorney fee matrix widely used in Northern Virginia fee-shifting cases, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III cut a fee request by one third for what he described as a “straightforward lease dispute.” The decision came ...

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Chief justice recalls drug court roots

WINTERGREEN — Trial court judges share a common problem. They affect the lives of thousands of people but they have no way to recall the individual names and faces as they come and go through their courtrooms. And not all ...

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Breyer talks cameras in court on ‘Late Show’

Even on tour to promote a book, a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court might hesitate about going on late night television to be questioned by one of America’s leading humorists. Justice Stephen Breyer set aside any such qualms Sept. ...

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