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VSB cancels all plans for 2015 Midyear Seminar

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The Virginia State Bar drew withering fire from supporters of Israel as it cancelled a planned legal seminar in Jerusalem last month. While the scheduled Midyear Legal Seminar in November appeared doomed for lack of participants, bar leaders cited concerns ...

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Two lawsuits filed to save Sweet Briar

Two lawsuits filed Monday both ask a circuit judge to block the planned closing of Sweet Briar College. In one suit, the Amherst county attorney filed for an injunction on behalf of the state of Virginia, saying the college board ...

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State Fair lawsuit to proceed against law firm

A Richmond judge will allow claims from a would-be purchaser of the Virginia State Fair to go forward against the Williams Mullen law firm and the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. Retired Richmond circuit Judge Theodore J. Markow rejected initial defenses ...

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Bait & Switch? High court considers use of initial appraisal in road condemnation case (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering the effect of what one lawyer called a “bait-and-switch tactic” used by the state highway department in road condemnation cases. The court could decide whether a jury in an eminent domain trial can ...

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Final VSB LEO has limited ‘Padilla’ duty for prosecutors (access required)

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Virginia prosecutors may have an ethical duty to avoid plea bargains that could lead to defendants’ deportation under new guidance from the Virginia State Bar, but only in limited circumstances. A final VSB legal ethics opinion arising from so-called Padilla ...

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Seaman wins $3.75M in retrial of rape claims

After the Supreme Court of Virginia ordered a new trial following a $25 million verdict, a former ship crew member who claimed he was raped in a foreign port won a $3.75 million award from a Portsmouth jury Tuesday. The ...

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Boy Scouts avoid liability in E. coli lawsuit

The Boy Scouts of America won a two-stage victory in a lawsuit filed by a former scout who became severely ill after a camping trip in Virginia. Harrison King, then 14, was among more than 80 campers who became ill ...

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Under scrutiny: Tough cases put police, prosecutors at odds (access required)

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In most courthouses, there is a friendly and cooperative relationship between law enforcement officers and the prosecutors who put on their evidence in court. After all, the officers and the state’s lawyers share the common goal of bringing the bad ...

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