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Eminent litigator Lewis Booker dies

Legendary Richmond lawyer Lewis T. Booker died April 4 at age 85. Mr. Booker built a national reputation for handling large, complex litigation in a four-decade career at Hunton & Williams. He began practice with the Richmond-based firm in 1956 ...

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VSB Council elections will be online

Elections for the Virginia State Bar Council for circuits 4, 13, 17, 18, 19, 28 will be conducted online rather than with paper ballots this year, the bar says. Members in those circuits who were in good standing as of ...

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Herring: County attorney overstepped role in Sweet Briar case

Virginia’s attorney general says his office, not the Amherst county attorney, is the proper state representative to weigh in on the Sweet Briar College closing controversy. Attorney General Mark R. Herring has offered a friend-of-the-court brief suggesting that county attorney ...

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McAuliffe blocks higher scrutiny of state use of private lawyers (access required)


Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill to require public posting of most state contracts with private lawyers. Billed as a government transparency measure, Senate Bill 1059 was sponsored by Sen. Mark. D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg. “The legislation would have enhanced ...

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Oral argument recordings at 4th Circuit posted next day

The staff at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is providing a faster turnaround for posting audio recordings of oral arguments on the court’s website. An April 8 rule change announced the court would post audio files of oral ...

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Lawyer who faked hospital records suspended for 2 years

A lawyer who offered a phony explanation for missing a court appearance has agreed to surrender her law license for two years. Tanisha L. Robertson of Virginia Beach told a judge she recently had been hospitalized for asthma to explain ...

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$350,000 paid to settle 2013 jail heat stroke death case

A state self-insurance plan paid $350,000 to resolve claims against Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and staff members arising from the 2010 death of a city jail inmate. A federal judge sealed the terms of the 2013 settlement at the request ...

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Norment admitted ‘seeing’ lobbyist, letter shows

In a response to an ethics complaint, state Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. disclosed a prior personal relationship with a registered lobbyist, according to The Virginian-Pilot, which obtained a copy of Norment’s 2013 letter. Norment’s letter was in response to ...

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