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

Defendant in handcuffs

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)

Scutiny

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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Supreme Court rejects appeal in school defamation case

A school principal who sued a group of critical parents has lost her court bid for defamation damages. The Supreme Court of Virginia refused to hear an appeal by former Richmond middle school principal Denise R. Lewis. Lewis had sought ...

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Roanoke Law Foundation to award scholarships

The Roanoke Law Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 James N. Kincanon and Jane S. Glenn Scholarships. The James N. Kincanon Scholarship was established in honor of Roanoke attorney James N. Kincanon in recognition of his 50 years of ...

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W&L BLSA mock trial team wins national championship

A team from Washington and Lee University’s law school went undefeated to win the 2015 National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition last Sunday in Portland, Oregon. More than 100 mock trial teams from around the country ...

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Sandler to receive family law award

Woodbridge lawyer Betty M. Sandler has been named the winner of the 2015 Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. Sandler has practiced family law since 1986, primarily in Northern Virginia. She has ...

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