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Comments split on change in witness impeachment rule (access required)

A proposal that would untie the hands of lawyers surprised by adverse testimony from their own witness garnered a mixed reaction from the Virginia legal community. A prosecutor and a law professor urged an end to Virginia’s strict limit on ...

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Judge dismisses ‘video assault’ suit against JMU (access required)


A federal judge has dismissed a Title IX lawsuit that accused officials at James Madison University of failing to properly respond after male students shared a video of a female student being assaulted at a spring break party in Florida. ...

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Lawyer faces ethics charges amid fee dispute (access required)


A Richmond lawyer and Virginia bar leader is accused of dropping the ball on a criminal client after accepting a $15,000 fee and allegedly converting the fee to her own use. The VSB alleges that Vinceretta T. Chiles of Richmond ...

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Retired judges can still perform marriages (access required)

Many retired Virginia judges play active roles in the state court system, sitting by designation to hear cases. But even a retired judge who has given up all courthouse duties can still perform marriages, the state attorney general says. The ...

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Some progress on diversity (access required)


Lawyers who raised concerns about a lack of diversity among the bench and bar in the Northern Virginia criminal justice system earlier this year say progress is being made, but there is still cause for concern. A group of African-American ...

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Wrong label voids use of noncompete (access required)


Labeling an employee as an independent contractor – thereby avoiding taxes and other employer obligations – will void a noncompete agreement in the worker’s contract, a Fairfax circuit judge has ruled. Fairfax Circuit Judge John M. Tran said an educator’s ...

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Special court dockets face House opposition (access required)

Docket court steps duotone

Virginia court officials plan to revise their proposed rules for special court dockets after a key legislator warned of a hostile political climate. A free exchange of views at a recent government meeting exposed a rift – but a possible ...

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