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Legal Destination: Lawyers, Virginia

No signpost marks rural Lawyers, Va., but the tiny community once played host to attorneys and judges as they traveled on horseback and train from courthouse to courthouse. In a series on “Legal Destinations,” VLW has highlighted various locations of ...

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Conrad is chief judge in Western District

Roanoke U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad is now chief judge for the Western District of Virginia. A federal statute required the change when Judge James Jones reached the age of 70 this year. Conrad ascended to the chief judge’s post ...

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VWAA honors ‘Diversity Leaders’

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association will honor three “Leaders in Diversity Initiatives” at its biennial conference at the Kingsmill Resort outside Williamsburg on Oct. 1-2. For their success in promoting diversity in the bench and bar, the VWAA will honor ...

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Judge sets record for radio quiz show

It wasn’t even the “lightning round” of a popular radio quiz show. But a Juilliard-trained judge from Richmond just became the “fastest contestant in six years” of play on NPR’s “PT Piano Puzzler” with Bruce Adolphe. Every Wednesday, composer Adolphe ...

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Poker Face

Is Texas Hold ’em a game of skill or a game of chance? A Portsmouth circuit judge will get to answer that conundrum. The former owner of a poker hall in Portsmouth has challenged a decision by the commonwealth’s attorney, ...

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Court upholds warrantless GPS use

The warrantless placement of a GPS tracking device under the bumper of a work van driven by a registered sex offender did not violate his Fourth Amendment rights, the Virginia Court of Appeals said today. In Foltz v. Commonwealth, an ...

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Lief to leave racing, will return to law

After five years managing Virginia International Raceway, former Sands Anderson lawyer Josh Lief will return to a Richmond practice. Lief, whose racing career was highlighted in a 2009 VLW article, has missed his legal practice, according to The Gazette-Virginian. He ...

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Just another roadside attraction

Recent VLW coverage has ranged from “dog law” to the wreck of the Titanic. Now, these seemingly disparate tracks converge, as we note the “World’s First Tribute to the Dogs Onboard the Titanic.” Promoted on a highway billboard outside Branson, ...

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