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Whites can sue landlord under fair housing law (access required)

A white couple can sue their landlord under the Virginia Fair Housing Law for allegedly forcing them out of their lease because their children played with black children, a Portsmouth Circuit judge has ruled. Even though they themselves were not ...

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Cop's 'good faith' won't rescue faulty affidavit (access required)

A Hopewell couple’s marijuana convictions must be reversed because a police officer’s “good faith” did not save a search based on an inadequate affidavit, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The search warrant was no good because the police ...

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Lynchburg judge orders statements produced (access required)

Lynchburg has become the latest jurisdiction to allow access to post-accident statements given to an insurance company. Judge Mosby G. Perrow III has ruled that a plaintiff is entitled to production of witness statements obtained by a carrier’s representative within ...

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Is fault resurfacing in family law practice? (access required)

Last week’s decision in Lightburn may fan the flames of a debate that has consumed divorce lawyers over the past year: Whether the Court of Appeals is allowing the issue of marital fault to again rear its ugly head in ...

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Western District drops two discovery rules (access required)

The federal judges of the Western District have decided to quit using two controversial discovery provisions of the 1993 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. On June 13, Chief Judge Jackson L. Kiser entered an order stating that ...

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Taps for all-male VMI (access required)

More than 150 years of all-male tradition at the Virginia Military Institute came to an end last Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 7-1 opinion that the school must admit women or lose its state funding. VMI ...

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58th Annual Meeting, Virginia State Bar (access required)

Scenes from the Beach ART, WE HARDLY KNEW YE. This year’s Virginia State Bar annual meeting nearly featured a gate-crasher named Arthur. But the season’s first tropical storm quickly bounced up the Atlantic Coast and on out to sea without ...

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Conference lauds local bars (access required)

Eleven bar associations, located throughout Virginia, received Awards of Merit from the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations at the state bar’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach. The awards are given to local bars in the Commonwealth competing ...

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VLF awards $400K to legal service projects (access required)

At its Annual Meeting on June 21, The Virginia Law Foundation Board of Directors announced 23 grant awards totalling $382,434 to public service projects that provide legal services around the state. Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (Leesburg) $30,000 Provides legal representation ...

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A family affair (access required)

Petersburg attorney Dale W. Pittman, above center, received the Virginia State Bar’s 1996 Legal Aid Award at the Pro Bono & Legal Aid Luncheon during the VSB annual meeting. Pittman is general counsel at Southside Virginia Legal Services Inc. in ...

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