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Southwest Va. seeks law school, economic boost (access required)

Almost every lawyer in Southwest Virginia was trained somewhere else. The region has no law school. “Over the last century, western Virginia and the Appalachian Region have been one of the largest exporters of law students in the country,” said ...

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Buchanan courthouse reflects mountain life (access required)

GRUNDY–In the heart of Virginia’s coalfields stands a gray stone courthouse that, for 90 years, has witnessed the legal events, large and small, that have affected the residents of Buchanan County. Only one four-lane highway leads to the county seat ...

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U.Va. Law School kicks off new construction (access required)

A dozen illustrious lawyers and academicians resorted to digging dirt in their impeccable suits on May 6 at the University of Virginia School of Law. They have not given up their desk jobs for back-breaking labor; rather, they were participating ...

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News in Brief for May 15, 1995 (access required)

Supreme Court OKs IOLTA, JLARC rules The Supreme Court has given final approval to a rollback of the mandatory IOLTA program to opt-out status. The court’s approval was the last step in the rollback process that began with a compromise ...

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Lockhart bill is signed (access required)

The Lockhart case is alive, but not necessarily well, after Gov. George F. Allen signed a bill that allows wrongful discharge suits based on discrimination, but only against a limited range of employers. The signing ends a tug-of-war between Allen ...

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"Caretaker" duty allows officer to stop pedestrian (access required)

A police officer acting as a “community caretaker” could stop a pedestrian who was staggering late at night, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The officer’s subsequent search, which revealed a gun and cocaine, ...

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VSB dues decrease floated (access required)

IRVINGTON–The Virginia State Bar is amassing a large surplus in its budget reserve, and it will look at using this money to decrease bar dues. But don’t expect a break on your dues statement this summer–a decrease won’t happen in ...

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Tip: Hidden Assets (access required)

“How do I deceive thee?” Spouses count the ways A divorce client often may notice that a spouse, who used to boast about magnificent pay raises, suddenly claims to be in the poorhouse. Attribute this transformation to “a domestic disease ...

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Child-endangerment law struck down at Beach (access required)

Prosecutors had targeted DUI defendants A drunken-driving defendant who drove with a child in the car cannot be prosecuted for felony child endangerment, a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The child-endangerment statute ...

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Eastern District plays game by its own rules (access required)

ARLINGTON–Knowing the local rules is critical to survival in the Eastern District, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry R. Poretz, who sits in Alexandria. “When attorneys who do not practice in this court appear before us, and they are unaware of ...

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