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Reed Smith opens Miami office

Reed Smith, an international firm with a large Virginia presence, has expanded to Miami with acquisition of a seven-lawyer international arbitration and litigation practice from Astigarraga Davis. With lawyers in offices around the world, the Astigarraga team provides legal services ...

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Statewide bar groups back legal aid funding

Seven statewide bar associations in Virginia have jointly signaled their opposition to a Trump administration proposal to drop funding for legal aid programs. The Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Association of ...

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Court deals blow to challenge of schools’ LGBT protections

(AP) The  Supreme Court of Virginia has dealt a blow to a bid to overturn protections for gay and transgender students at a northern Virginia school district. Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student filed a ...

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Father convicted of murdering son for life insurance

MANASSAS (AP) Joaquin Shadow Rams plotted to kill his infant son from nearly the time he was born, finally snuffing out his life at age 15 months when the opportunity presented itself, a Virginia judge ruled Thursday. Rams was convicted ...

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Lawyers ask to withdraw from shooting case

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Attorneys for a security guard charged with fatally shooting a 60-year-old man in Chesapeake are seeking to withdraw from the case. Defense attorneys say their communication with 22-year-old Jonathan Cromwell has “broken down” and they no longer feel ...

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Verdict coming for father charged in death of 1-year-old son

MANASSAS (AP) Misfortune has befallen those close to Joaquin Shadow Rams. His ex-girlfriend was shot and killed in 2003. His mother died in 2008, her passing ruled a suicide. And his 1-year-old son, Prince McLeod Rams, died in his father’s ...

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Alexandria prosecutor is honored

Alexandria senior assistant commonwealth’s attorney David A. Lord this month won the Warren B. Von Schuch Award, presented each year by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Lord supervises the Violent Crimes Unit at the Alexandria prosecutor’s office. He led ...

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Conservatives urge McAuliffe to spare inmate’s life

(AP) More than two dozen conservatives are the latest group calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare the life of a death row inmate who claims he’s innocent. Ivan Teleguz is scheduled to be executed on April 25 unless McAuliffe ...

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Rolling Stone settles defamation case with UVa administrator

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Lawyers say Rolling Stone magazine and an administrator at the University of Virginia have reached a settlement in a defamation case over a story about an alleged gang rape on campus. The Washington Post reports the magazine reached ...

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Judge approves questioning of probation officer (access required)

A Roanoke federal judge will allow a probation officer to give testimony in a Warren County murder trial about information she received from a probationer. The ruling comes despite “well established” law that information in the hands of the federal ...

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