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Law grad in hot water over ‘borrowed’ commencement speech

Preston Mitchum had them laughing at his graduation ceremony at North Carolina Central University last week. The law school grad was extolling the virtues of the “average” student, for whom procrastination was “not just a big word, but a way ...

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Cleaveland will not run again for House

Del. William Cleaveland, R-Botetourt County, today announced he will step aside after one term in the House of Delegates, citing family concerns and his private law practice. Cleaveland’s announcement was met with disappointment from fellow lawyers and legislators at a ...

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So long ‘Spidey,’ hello ‘WebstUR’

A year ago, it was the William & Mary Tribe unveiling a new mascot (the Griffin). Now the Spiders of the University of Richmond take the wraps off their new fuzzy symbol. “WebstUR” was the choice of the UR community ...

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Urbanski gets Western District seat

Two days, two new federal judges in Virginia. The U.S. Senate followed up its confirmation of Arenda L. Wright Allen yesterday for a seat in the Eastern District by confirming Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanksi this afternoon for a position ...

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Chocolate eggnog defense defeats DUI charge

An Essex County supervisor’s explanation about drinking chocolate eggnog after a single car accident was enough to get a drunken driving charge dismissed, but not without some skepticism from the judge. Jack Stevens was on his way home from church ...

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Allen gets federal seat in Norfolk

The U.S. Senate confirmed this afternoon the nomination of Arenda L. Wright Allen for a U.S. district judgeship in Norfolk. Allen has been an assistant federal defender in Norfolk since December 2005 and has headed the office for the past ...

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Kluge facing $24M default judgment

The unraveling of Patricia Kluge’s country squire lifestyle has spawned a court decision sure to catch the breath of any lawyer – a default judgment totaling nearly $24 million. Bank of America sued In January claiming Kluge was in default ...

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