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Panel will monitor, tweak judge evaluation program (access required)

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ROANOKE – Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons has named a 14-member panel to recommend improvements for the newly revived Judicial Performance Evaluation program. The program could be expanded to include evaluation of the state’s appellate judges, according to ...

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Lawyering up over Sweet Briar (access required)

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Lawyers last week sought common ground on the future of Virginia’s Sweet Briar College even while the case file grew in a legal dispute that is now at the Supreme Court of Virginia. The school became the focus of a ...

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Court: Reservation of support not justified (access required)

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A trial judge who described an adulterous wife’s conduct as “beyond reprehensible” failed to justify awarding her a reservation of spousal support, the Court of Appeals said when it reversed that decision May 5. Granting a divorce on the ground ...

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Judges open new doors for patients in hospital lawsuits (access required)

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Newport News judges have been giving patients new access to hospital data – both medical and business records – in connection with their medical malpractice lawsuits. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr. of Newport News says he won rulings in April ...

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Nurse practitioners for the law? (access required)

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At least three states are exploring the idea of licensing limited-practice legal professionals to try to open the courthouse door for those who can’t afford a full-service lawyer, but in Virginia the concept is just one of many access tools ...

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