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New Jersey lawyer to succeed LeClair as firm CEO

Gary D. LeClair, the co-founder, CEO and chairman of LeClairRyan, will step down as CEO at the end of a two-year management transition program at the firm. He will be replaced by David C. Freinberg, a shareholder in the firm’s ...

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New Jersey lawyer to succeed LeClair as firm CEO

Gary D. LeClair, the co-founder, CEO and chairman of LeClairRyan, will step down as CEO at the end of a two-year management transition program at the firm. He will be replaced by David C. Freinberg, a shareholder in the firm’s ...

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Senate confirms Wynn for 4th Circuit seat

A North Carolina judge nominated for promotion more than a decade ago finally has been cleared to join the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Associated Press reports. Judge James Wynn Jr. was confirmed by the U.S. Senate ...

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Ex-sandwich shop owner charged with bankruptcy fraud

Federal authorities in Roanoke Monday arrested former restaurateur Roland “Spanky” Macher on bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion charges. Macher is known as the founder of a chain of “Spanky’s” restaurants in Central and Southwest Virginia. More recently, he gained infamy ...

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Liberty law school wins full accreditation

Six years after opening, Liberty University’s law school has been awarded full accreditation by the American Bar Association. Approval came Aug. 5 from the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar at the ABA’s ...

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Hunton & Williams sued in contract case

Hunton & Williams and three of its Richmond lawyers are accused in a Wisconsin lawsuit of using “strong arm tactics” to force a Chicago-based company out of a large industrial supply contract. A Hunton spokesman today said the claims have ...

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Supreme Court grants 20 appeals

Insurance coverage disputes are among the 20 cases, about half of them criminal, for which the Supreme Court of Virginia has recently granted petitions for appeal. One of the coverage cases, The AES Corp. v. Steadfast Insurance Corp., Record No. ...

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Douglass to step down as UR law dean

University of Richmond law school Dean John Douglass has announced he will step down as dean next June and return to teaching at the school. Douglass will have served four years as dean when his term ends next year. “I ...

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Douglass to step down as UR law dean

University of Richmond law school Dean John Douglass has announced he will step down as dean next June and return to teaching at the school. Douglass will have served four years as dean when his term ends next year. “I ...

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Senate confirms Kagan

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York Times reports the Senate vote was 63 to 37. Kagan is the fourth woman to be named to the court and joins ...

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