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In praise of our way of picking judges

Virginia remains only one of two states where the legislature elects judges. Critics complain, sometimes with justification, about our system. Some argue that it has become a way to dispense political patronage (as if that element hadn’t always been part ...

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Richmond J&DR judge to leave bench in September

Kimberly B. O’Donnell, a judge of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since November 1994, has announced her resignation, effective Sept. 9. Before taking the bench, O’Donnell worked in Richmond as an assistant public defender and as an ...

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The Weekly Recap

The following selected stories appeared in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Daily E-Mail Alert from May 21 to May 25. The originating source of a story is indicated within the item. Please note that not all links may remain active. If ...

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Fins to the left, fins to the right?

In this afternoon’s e-mail: a solicitation from a necktie company called Capital Ties. The headline screamed out: “Every litigator will enjoy this new Sharks necktie!” Uh oh, you say, another lame lawyer-shark professional-courtesy joke. Ha ha ha. Like we haven’t ...

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JIRC recommends discipline for SW Va. judge

The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission recommended on Wednesday that the Supreme Court of Virginia censure or remove Juvenile and Domestic Relations District James Michael Shull. JIRC found that Shull on Dec. 15 twice directed a woman involved in a ...

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Va. Supreme Court upholds $8M verdict

The Supreme Court of Virginia has let stand an $8 million verdict for the family of a high school senior who was killed in a car wreck in Fairfax County in September 2002. The court heard arguments last month in ...

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Search for VSB executive director delayed

The committee appointed to recommend a replacement for Virginia State Bar Executive Director Thomas A. Edmonds had hoped to have a candidate by the VSB’s annual meeting next month. But the committee has decided to re-advertise for the position, said ...

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