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A little CLE with your target practice?

Bar associations are always looking for fresh ideas to serve up CLE to lawyers hungry for credit hours. Here’s one: Spend a day, get an hour and a half of CLE credit and a concealed-carry permit under South Carolina law. ...

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Governor approves familial DNA testing

The Virginia Department Forensic Science will begin providing familial DNA searches for state law enforcement agencies, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today. The agency has a database of more than 330,000 profiles that can be tested against DNA material from crime ...

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Judge refuses to consolidate Tech discrimination cases

Friday’s decision by Roanoke U.S. District Judge James Turk means no delay for the April 11 scheduled trial on claims Virginia Tech paid lower salaries to women at the school’s fund raising office. Virginia Tech had asked Turk to combine ...

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Law professor launches radio show to teach Constitution

Reaching far beyond his classroom walls at the Appalachian School of Law – and tapping some obvious broadcasting skills – law Prof. Stewart Harris hopes to bring the U.S. Constitution to life each week on his own radio show. “Your ...

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Law school applications hit 10-year low

A lot of college grads have decided it’s not the right time to go to law school. Law school applications are off 11.5-percent from last year, down to the lowest level since 2001, according to figures from the Law School ...

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Change in three-strikes rule for doctors could aid settlements

The General Assembly has moved to increase the threshold for medical malpractice payments that trigger an automatic physician competency assessment. The legislation also would exempt doctors who no longer have an active practice. A Virginia statute requires regulators to investigate ...

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‘Battle over Immigration’ is topic of UR program

‘“The Battle over Immigration” is the topic of the Annual Emanuel Emroch Lecture at the University of Richmond law school next week. The lecture, presented as a panel discussion by the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, will cover ...

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Congressmen said to agree on redistricting plan

Politico is reporting that Virginia’s congressional delegation has reached a redistricting deal that likely will ensure eight of the state’s 11 seats will remain Republican for the next decade. You might ask how they can do that when the General ...

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