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International seminar program moving to Va. CLE

The Supreme Court of Virginia has decided the Virginia State Bar should no longer sponsor its annual Midyear Legal Seminar in which lawyers studied Virginia law in foreign locales. The program will continue under Virginia CLE, a nonprofit division of ...

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810 pass July 2015 bar exam

A total of 810 applicants passed the July 2015 Virginia bar examination, according to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. The overall pass rate was 71.05 percent, which is up from last year’s drop to 68 percent. There were 1,143 ...

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Republicans remain in control of Virginia Senate

(AP) Virginia Republicans have maintained control of the state Senate after a bruising, expensive contest that featured heavy investment from national special interest groups. After both Republicans and Democrats spent millions of dollars, not a single seat flipped control in ...

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Jury convicts man in Alexandria triple murder case

FAIRFAX (AP) A jury convicted a Virginia man of murder Monday, finding that he fatally shot three prominent Alexandria residents in their homes over the course of a decade as part of a longstanding grudge against the city. “The reign ...

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VSB seeks comments on diversity funding

With a green light from the state attorney general’s office, the Virginia State Bar is testing the waters for a proposal to use bar dues to fund activities of the bar’s Diversity Conference. The Diversity Conference is one of four ...

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State bar pass rate rebounds slightly

Despite national worries about declining bar passage rates in the wake of reports of lowered admission standards at some law schools, the overall pass rate improved somewhat in Virginia this year. The rate of 71.05 percent for the July exam ...

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Full 4th Circuit to hear cell tracking appeal

BALTIMORE — The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will consider whether police need a search warrant to get the cellphone-tower records of suspected criminals in an effort to track down their whereabouts when the crime was ...

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Justices to hear Hanover sign dispute

ASHLAND (AP) A legal dispute between the owner of an RV dealership and Hanover County has reached the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports EMAC LLC, the owner of the land where McGeorge Rolling Hills RV Supercenter is ...

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Spencer named ‘Leader of the Year’

Richmond U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer was named “Leader of the Year” by the 2015 class of Leaders in the Law. Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law program, now in its 10th year, honors attorneys and others who ...

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Jury hears closing argument in Alexandria triple murder case

FAIRFAX (AP) A Virginia man’s hatred for the city of Alexandria after losing a child custody case drove him to murder three of the city’s more prominent residents over the course of a decade, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing arguments ...

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