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The Weekly Recap

The following selected stories appeared in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Daily E-Mail Alert from May 7 to May 11. The originating source of a story is indicated after the item. Please note that not all links may remain active. If ...

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Chicago ‘divorce’ billboard yanked down

The Chicago divorce law firm’s billboard that advised viewers, “Life’s short. Get a divorce,” is no more (See item below). City workers yanked it down earlier this week. But not on account of taste and not on account of objections ...

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Supreme Court will hear charitable immunity cases

The Supreme Court of Virginia apparently will decide whether foundations set up to support teaching hospitals have charitable immunity. The court had scheduled arguments before three-justice writ panels for May 18 in two cases from Charlottesville Circuit Court that had ...

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Legal Food Frenzy results announced

And the winner is … The Norfolk office of McGuireWoods, which won the Attorney General’s Cup by donating 42,824 pounds of food—1,338 pounds per person in the office—in the Legal Food Frenzy competition among Virginia law firms. The competition raised ...

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New group reviews mediator ethics

With so many mediators out there mediating, ethical issues are bound to arise. Over the past few years, mediator complaints and ethics issues have prompted governing bodies to consider revisions to the various guidelines, standards and procedures related to certification ...

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Felon with firearm gets new sentencing

A Richmond federal judge didn’t follow a stair-step approach in sentencing a felon with a firearm, so the defendant gets a second shot at sentencing. Earlier this week, the 4th Circuit released an unpublished opinion in U.S. v. Tinsley, vacating ...

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Replacements for Ellis, Payne recommended

Virginia Senators John Warner and Jim Webb have recommended candidates they say are “outstanding Virginians with exemplary qualifications” for federal judgeships in the Eastern District of Virginia: ? Joanne F. Alper of Arlington, a Virginia circuit judge in Arlington County ...

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