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Bell unrung

Scratch one name from the list of potential candidates for Attorney General. According to this item from the Daily Progress, Charlottesville delegate Rob Bell will trade a campaign for the pleasures of fatherhood. Update: Not to be outdone, Republican State ...

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Comeback story

Bruce C. Britton has been without a valid Virginia law license for 19 years. According to this announcement, on June 27, the State Bar disciplinary board will hear his request for reinstatement. Mr. Britton told the VSB that he wants ...

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Finger splint infringement

A new copyright law opinion from U.S. District Judge Norman Moon gains our notice for several reasons. It sheds light on a niche market — “fine quality jewelry” finger splints. It includes a citation to Green Eggs and Ham. And ...

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Coaches wearing blinders?

High school coaches in Harrisonburg are under scrutiny for allegedly turning a blind eye to student criminal activity, according to the Daily News Record. The article claims that state law requires teachers and coaches to report substance abuse activity, but ...

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CRESPA bond is doubled

The CRESPA bond requirement is being increased, according to this announcement from the Virginia State Bar. An amendment to Code § 6.1-2.21 increasing the minimum CRESPA surety bond from $100,000 to $200,000 will be effective on July 1, 2008. UPDATE: ...

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One injury, one recovery

As we reported recently, it’s an open issue in Virginia whether a plaintiff’s lawyer has to choose between a wrongful death and a survival action before trial. In case we needed reminding, here comes a Maryland federal court decision (by ...

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Scalia in Charlottesville Thursday

According to this website, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will speak at UVA Law School Thursday on “The Wall of Separation.” Apparently, he will address Jefferson’s view of church and state, although it is not known if he will comment ...

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Picking our own bosses?

State Senator Ralph Smith of Troutville thinks lawyers have too much say in who becomes a judge in Virginia. He sees bar endorsements as a conflict of interest for those who have to practice before the judge. Today, he ventured ...

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