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Harrisonburg attorneys and firm honored for pro bono work (access required)

Three Harrisonburg attorneys and a law firm were recognized Friday for pro bono work done in the local community. Blue Ridge Legal Services, the Shenandoah Valley’s non-profit legal aid society, recognized Darren Bostic of Bostic & Bostic, PC; John Krall ...

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Robinson receives education law award

University of Richmond law Prof. Kimberly J. Robinson is the 2016 winner of the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law. Awarded annually by the Education Law Association, the Goldberg Award recognizes an outstanding work of scholarly ...

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Family law attorney recognized for pro bono work

Richmond family law attorney Julia A. Childrey has been named the 2016 recipient of the Nina K. Peace Award for exemplary work on behalf of victims of domestic violence The award is named for the former Hanover County juvenile and ...

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Comments requested on rule for special court dockets

The Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking comment on a second version of a proposed rule to govern creation of special court dockets. An earlier draft of the rule sparked concern that any expansion of special dockets – including so-called ...

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Rolling Stone reporter pressed about errors in rape story

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The author of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia acknowledged Thursday that she made mistakes while reporting the story of the woman identified only as “Jackie.” Sabrina Rubin Erdely ...

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Free speech group objects to ‘group defamation’ ban (access required)

A First Amendment advocacy group is urging a federal judge to rule that a ban on “group defamation” for speakers at Charlottesville City Council meetings is unconstitutional. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has asked U.S. ...

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Voter registration deadline extended through Friday

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has granted a brief extension of Virginia’s voter-registration deadline after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online. U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth immediately on Thursday ...

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Sex sting operation yields 16 arrests

(AP) Federal authorities say more than a dozen people have been arrested in central Virginia as part of a sting operation targeting underage human trafficking. FBI officials said 16 people in Richmond, Winchester and surrounding counties including Henrico and Chesterfield ...

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Video of Rolling Stone reporter considered

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge was considering on Wednesday whether the jury in a University of Virginia administrator’s defamation suit against Rolling Stone should be able to watch a video in which the reporter who wrote a now-discredited story about ...

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Ex-prosecutor reprimanded for secret affair (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has reprimanded a former Georgia federal prosecutor with a Virginia law license for failing to disclose a five-year affair with a federal detective. Exposure of the relationship undermined the outcome of three criminal cases, according to ...

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