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Survey seeks lawyers’ views on substance abuse, mental health issues

Virginia lawyers are being asked to share their own experience and views regarding addiction and mental health issues this month with a survey for the state’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers program. The link for the online survey is expected to be ...

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Five get VSB top endorsement for judgeship (access required)

Five candidates ranked “highly qualified” for a federal judgeship by a Virginia State Bar evaluation panel represent a variety of legal professions. There is a federal magistrate judge, a federal court clerk and a law professor. Of the two lawyers ...

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Bieber song copyright challenge fails the ear test, judge rules

Two songwriters who claimed they were ripped off when Justin Bieber and Usher recorded versions of the song “Somebody to Love” have lost their copyright challenge in Norfolk federal court. Devin “The Dude” Copeland and Mareio Overton alleged they wrote ...

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Children of same-sex marriages recognized (access required)


As Virginia federal courts grapple with the constitutional status of same-sex marriage, a more modest change has come quietly through orders in two Virginia circuit courts that recognize the parentage rights of same-sex couples. Each case resulted in a Virginia ...

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Lauck wins Senate committee approval

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the appointment of M. Hannah Lauck as a new federal district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lauck’s appointment now moves to the full Senate for expected confirmation, probably in May, according ...

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Race is on in Legal Food Frenzy

Some longtime champions await competition as lawyers around the state prepare for the annual Legal Food Frenzy to stock the shelves that supply the hungry. The law office of B. Cullen Gibson in Norfolk has taken the top food-giving prize ...

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Judge endorsements announced

Virginia bar groups are announcing their endorsements for the upcoming vacancy on the federal district court bench in western Virginia. Candidate interviews by some bar groups took place at the Virginia State Bar offices on Wednesday. Ten candidates expressed interest ...

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Housing agency’s lawyer can’t get Virginia bar card (access required)

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The Virginia State Bar has reversed itself on whether the in-house lawyer for Richmond’s public housing authority can be licensed or certified under the corporate attorney registration rule. The VSB at first granted Michelle W. Waller a provisional corporate counsel ...

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