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Criminal law seminar canceled

Because of a forecast for a massive snow storm, the 40th annual criminal law seminar scheduled for tomorrow in Charlottesville has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled in Charlottesville but those who registered for it may transfer to the ...

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Virginia Parole Board sued

Eleven long-term inmates of the Virginia prison system filed a class-action lawsuit today contending that the Virginia Parole Board violates state law by refusing to consider all the factors required by law when making parole decision. The board’s procedures violate ...

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Fee petition prep questioned

In our week’s worth of trend-spotting, we noted on Tuesday that law firm cutbacks and the recessionary climate may have scrambled firm workloads, with unexpected consequences for lawyers who try to get fee awards approved in court. Bingo. Last month, ...

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Tort reform proposal dies

State health care organizations wanted a pilot project to look at something other than a hard-nosed “deny and defend” response to a medical error. But the proposal from the Joint Commission on Health Care died this afternoon when the civil ...

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Public notice bill killed

Dow Jones and Virginia local newspapers have been squabbling over public notice rights in the past year. When the Wall Street Journal decided to cherry-pick public notices in Virginia, papers like the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Virginian-Pilot headed to court. ...

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Western District’s Judge Williams to retire

U.S. District Judge Glen M. Williams will retire next week after 34 years on the bench, according to the Associated Press . Williams was appointed to the district court by President Gerald Ford in 1976. He took senior status in ...

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