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Smolla quits as Furman president

The former dean of two Virginia law schools, Rod Smolla has given up his latest post as president of South Carolina’s Furman University, citing family concerns. Smolla, who served as dean of both Washington & Lee law school and the ...

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Two honored by Roanoke Bar

The Roanoke Bar Association has awarded the 2013 Frank W. “Bo” Rogers Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award to attorney Richard C. Rakes of Roanoke. The award was presented at the RBA’s Law Day ceremony May 2. Rakes, who retired in 1991 ...

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Applications invited for federal judgeship

Virginia’s U.S. senators have asked the Virginia State Bar to evaluate candidates for the U.S. district court seat to be vacated when Judge James R. Spencer of Richmond takes senior status next year. Spencer has announced he will become a ...

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Facebook will get face time with judges

A federal appeals court has allowed oral argument time for a Facebook lawyer when it hears the appeal of a controversial Virginia free speech ruling next week. Norfolk federal judge Raymond Jackson decided there was no constitutional violation when a ...

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Reviews mixed on Assembly legislation

Did the 2013 General Assembly make everyone happy, or nobody happy? It might depend on which bill you are talking about. State Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, told lawyers in Salem Tuesday the centerpiece of the session, the transportation bill, has ...

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