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Williams retires from 4th Circuit

Karen J. Williams, the chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has retired because of illness, according to The Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, S.C. The paper reports that Williams, 57, notified the White House of her ...

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For those looking to expand their vocabulary…

Not sure what to do on your next staycation? You could try the latest acai diet with a frenemy. Or put on some reggaeton and update your vlog. Maybe watch the latest Webisode on green-collar workers’ efforts to reduce their ...

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Page County attorney seeks to head VSB in 2011-12

George W. Shanks, an attorney in Luray, says he wants to be president of the Virginia State Bar in 2011-12. So far, he is the only candidate for the position of president-elect designate. Lawyers who have been members of the ...

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Law student wins $600,000 playing poker

U.Va. law student Leo Wolpert will start his second year with a big grin and a fat wallet. The former professional poker player won a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas last month, pocketing $652,000 in winnings, according ...

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Not that we’re keeping score

Lawyers  accustomed to a lockstep accord between the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court may be seeing the tide turn.  In bygone days, disagreements were rare between the conservative high court and the like-minded appellate panel. But ...

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General district judge hangs up the robe

General District Judge Norman deVere “Dev” Morrison retired yesterday after 24 years on the bench. Before his judicial appointment in 1985, Judge Morrison served as the Berryville town attorney and as a substitute judge. During his career, he has sat ...

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When a conviction is a ticket home

Mistakenly telling a client that his criminal conviction won’t force his departure from U.S. shores can let the client overturn the conviction, as a new federal case illustrates. Alexandria Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III granted a Pakistani citizen’s ...

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