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UR Law unveils its short list of dean candidates

Richmond Law Dean John Douglass, soon to return to the professorial life, will be succeeded by someone from this list, according to the school: Wendy Perdue, Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Georgetown University Law Center. Joel Reidenberg, the ...

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Judge Foster to retire in April

Newport News Circuit Judge Aundria D. Foster has notified the court that she will retire on April 1, 2011. Although her term does not expire until 2012, she is stepping down due to a family medical situation. Judge Foster’s departure ...

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Chesterfield lawyer killed in police standoff

A domestic violence call that turned into an overnight standoff with police ended Friday morning with the death of Chesterfield lawyer Richard C. “Rick” Ferris II. Officers were called just before midnight for a report of a domestic dispute, according ...

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Commonwealth dodges default in basketball case

Virginia has avoided automatic liability to a New York college based on the failure to file a timely answer to a lawsuit over hiring of a James Madison University basketball coach. A New York judge last month vacated his earlier ...

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Fairfax bar seeks judge funding, but not from VSB

The 2,145-member Fairfax Bar Association has chimed in with the pleas for filling Virginia judicial vacancies. An FBA resolution this week urges General Assembly members to fully fund all vacant judgeships and to reject the governor’s plan to use $5 ...

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‘Don’t merge us,’ says Alexandria bar

The Alexandria Bar Association adds its voice to the clamor over the legislative proposal to realign Virginia’s judicial districts and circuits with a two-page resolution adopted last week. Merging the circuits for Alexandria and Arlington County would cause an undue ...

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Judge Prosser announces retirement

Frederick County Circuit Judge John Prosser has announced he will retire in March. The Northern Virginia Daily reports Prosser advised the public Monday, after notifying the Supreme Court on Friday. Prosser, a former Winchester lawyer, was first appointed to the ...

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Bill would give government automatic pre-trial appeal

A General Assembly bill apparently aimed at lawsuits against Virginia Tech would give the state government a pre-trial appeal of right to the Virginia Supreme Court whenever a trial court denies the defense of sovereign immunity. Senate Bill 1381 is ...

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District judge rejects ‘Twiqbal’ for affirmative defenses

An Alexandria U.S. District Court judge says the heightened pleading standard under Twombly and Iqbal does not apply to affirmative defenses. Last year, magistrate judges in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia said the standard – which requires ...

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