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New faces in place at VBBE (access required)

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners begins the new year with a new, full-time administrative chief and a change on its board. Such personnel changes are rare at the agency that administers the Virginia Bar Examination and reviews the qualifications ...

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Sentence is 3 years in Rockbridge DUI fatality

Five months after a Rockbridge County judge rejected a deal for a one-year sentence, a plea agreement for a three-year term was approved Thursday for a former college student charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter. The charges against Nicholas Hansel arose ...

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Griffith endorsed by 2 bar groups for J&DR vacancy

Roanoke area lawyers are united behind Salem attorney Hilary D. Griffith for a seat on the juvenile and domestic relations bench. Griffith, wife of U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, won the endorsement of the Roanoke Bar Association Tuesday for the seat ...

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Judge gets community backing for new term

A Williamsburg general district judge facing low numbers on a performance survey has received strong support from community leaders in her bid for another term on the bench. Commonwealth’s attorneys for both Williamsburg and Charles City County wrote letters of ...

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Judge denies early release for convicted lawyer

A Henrico County judge has rejected pleas for early release for former attorney Kyle C. Leftwich, convicted in 2011 of embezzling legal fees from her law firm. Leftwich was convicted of pocketing more than $450,000 in fees she earned in ...

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Court offers guidance on disability act claims (access required)

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A disabled Arlington resident has struck out in his bid to force his condominium association to provide a handicapped parking space. The Supreme Court of Virginia upheld dismissal of the man’s claims in a Dec. 31 decision that addresses whether ...

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Investment firm sues lawyers who took it to court

Richmond based investment brokerage Davenport & Co. is biting back after battling a lawsuit for three years over bond financing advice it gave to Fluvanna County officials. Davenport claims the county’s lawyers engaged in “fraudulent litigation” without regard for the ...

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Liberty U., family trade charges of abuse of infirm benefactor (access required)

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Surviving family members of a longtime Liberty University benefactor claim that school representatives hounded the elderly donor with aggressive solicitation in his final days, even telling him he would not go to heaven unless he left his assets to the ...

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Fowler to lead Williams Mullen

The Williams Mullen firm has named Calvin W. “Woody” Fowler Jr. to be the firm’s next CEO and president. Fowler current serves as practice group chair and head of the firm’s litigation section. He takes the reins from current CEO ...

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Prosecutor fired after dispute over succession

A Wise County prosecutor who sued to overturn the appointment of another as interim commonwealth’s attorney has been fired. Adrian Collins cried foul when former Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Elkins designated his successor as Mike Abbott, despite a state statute calling ...

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