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Prosecutors on rule changes: There is no ‘trial by ambush’ (access required)

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Prosecutors and law enforcement interests remain strongly opposed to a series of recommended reforms in Virginia’s criminal discovery rules. After a last round of public comments, the package of changes is now before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The recommendations ...

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No sanctions for late expert disclosure (access required)

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A plaintiff who sued for delayed diagnosis of her breast cancer has settled her suit against multiple defendants, but not before a missed discovery deadline caused a “firestorm” and prompted an accusation of “back-stabbing” by a codefendant. Plaintiff Melissa Thompson ...

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Judge rejects college liability theory in alleged rape of student (access required)

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In a decision touching the sensitive matter of campus sexual assaults, a circuit judge has ruled that Virginia law does not impose a “special relationship” duty on college administrators to protect students from third-party violence. The judge’s written opinion addresses ...

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More than just Miss Virginia USA (access required)

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The third year of law school typically entails late nights of studying, trying to get any and all papers complete on time and the rising terror of the approaching bar exam. Not typically on the agenda: the Miss USA pageant. ...

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Face your fear of client feedback — and reap the benefits (access required)

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While preparing to give a workshop on how to get client feedback, I revisited the wisdom of asking your clients to prepare an attorney “report card.” Requesting feedback  remains relevant (if not more so) to today’s world. And worse, attorneys ...

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