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Leader of the Year (access required)

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The Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Leader of the Year” has devoted her 23-year legal career to helping vic­tims of domestic and sexual abuse. Susheela Varky of Richmond was one of 26 lawyers honored in the Class of 2016 of Virginia Lawyers ...

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Cop says he was fired for reporting corruption (access required)

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Call it the case of the candy pre­text. A former Petersburg police officer says he was fired based on a trumped-up ac­cusation that he improperly ate candy found at the scene of a police search. The ex-detective says the real ...

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Get to know Generation Z (access required)

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[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the next demographic group, Generation Z. These are the people who will be your clients, your employees and the members of your juries.] College admissions offices are already aggressively changing recruiting tactics to appeal to Generation ...

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Mediation: Tell it to a judge, or go private (access required)

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The “rocket docket” line of the Eastern Dis­trict of Virginia has a high-speed spur that diverts most traffic toward settlement with a magistrate judge. The famously fast-track court settles the vast ma­jority of its cases, according to Richmond U.S. District ...

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Albo: Lawyers should have right to withdraw for non-payment (access required)

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One lawyer-legislator says lawyers should have the right to cut off their services if a client fails to pay as agreed. Not all judges agree with the concept, but Del. David Albo, R-Springfield, says, “I’m sick of working for free.” ...

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False confessions: Lawyer attacks police interrogation, gains acquittal (access required)

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A Lynchburg jury has acquitted a jailor accused of hav­ing sex with an inmate despite the jail guard’s alleged confession during a police interrogation session. “The devil is always in the details,” observed the jailor’s lawyer, who said he poked ...

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‘Jackie’ says PTSD clouds memory of sex assault, aftermath

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CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The woman who claimed she was brutally gang raped in a story by Rolling Stone magazine that was later retracted said in a video played in court that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, which makes it difficult ...

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