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Bring the court down to earth, GMU profs argue

Two George Mason University law school professors have the audacity to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court justices have become a bunch of spotlight-chasing celebrities. This contention, by Professors Craig Lerner and Nelson Lund, is no mere cocktail chatter or ...

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Portsmouth court group to celebrate

Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court, Inc., a court support organization, will recognize some of its valued leaders and supporters on Saturday. An awards ceremony at the Chesapeake Conference Center will honor former board president Horace Savage and other Friends ...

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VTLA, APABA announce endorsements

Two more bar groups have announced their endorsements for two federal court vacancies. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association found U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck highly qualified for a U.S. District Court seat in Norfolk. The VTLA found Linda S. ...

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New managing partner coming at Troutman

The new year will bring a new management structure for Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders. Stepping aside as managing partner is longtime leader Bob Webb, who remains as Chairman. Stephen Lewis will take the reins as managing partner, heading a team of ...

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Air Force JAG chief gets top ABA post

Jack Rives, the recently retired Air Force judge advocate general, was named yesterday as the next executive director of the American Bar Association. Rives retired as the Air Force’s top legal officer of March 1 and will assume the ABA ...

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Turning a church into a court

While courts ponder the entanglements of church and state in both the Episcopal property dispute (now before the Supreme Court of Virginia) and a tax-supported church-apartment building in Arlington County (expected be considered by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Constitution does not assure ‘comfort’ with counsel

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard L. Willliams tried to do right by the defendant. Facing a firearm charge, defendant James Eugene Venable appeared in Richmond federal court to ask the judge to give him a new public defender, someone different ...

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Another endorsement for Urbanski

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mike Urbanski has picked up another endorsement in his bid to move up the judicial ladder at the federal courthouse. Urbanski Monday was recommended by the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association for a seat on the U.S. District ...

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