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Student, suspended for Facebook posts, settles suit (access required)

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Colleges have become frequent litigation targets for students who disagree with disciplinary penalties, but a recent, short-lived lawsuit against Virginia Tech focused – not on personal injury – but on social media behavior. A student claimed Virginia Tech officials violated ...

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Five equal pieces (access required)

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A three-year family fight over owner­ship of a matri­arch’s home in the Rich­mond suburbs may be starting over now that the Supreme Court of Virginia has ordered a new trial. The court reversed a Henrico County judge’s decision to ex­clude ...

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Lawyers in the trenches: how executive coaching can help (access required)

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Law schools and continuing legal education programs do an excel­lent job teaching such subjects as civil procedure, torts and criminal law, but they typically don’t teach aspiring lawyers how to market their services, work effectively with clients and colleagues, mobilize ...

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Supreme Court rejects bid for court records database (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has embraced an interpretation of state open records law that blocks pub­lic access to the court’s own col­lection of local case information. The court ruled June 29 that it cannot be considered a “custodian” of ...

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Officer, prosecutor immune in false arrest appeal (access required)

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A police officer and a prosecutor who failed to revoke arrest warrants after learning that no crime was committed – leading to the arrests of an Alexandria couple – are immune from civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ...

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Lawyer disciplined in DC, but not in Virginia on same facts (access required)

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A lawyer facing a recommended 60-day suspension in Washington for alleged misconduct avoided discipline in Virginia based on the same facts. An Arlington County Circuit Court panel found the “evidence falls short, but barely so” in the Virginia State Bar’s ...

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