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Mahoney to step down as UVa law dean

After eight years at the helm of the University of Virginia law school, Dean Paul G. Mahoney has announced he will return to teaching and scholarship next year. Mahoney has presided over a period of financial growth and consistently strong ...

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Sweet Briar College closure plan faces state Supreme Court test

(AP) The battle to keep Sweet Briar College open is headed to the Supreme Court of Virginia amid a spirited campaign to reverse the decision to close the women’s college. Justices are scheduled to hear an appeal Thursday of a ...

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Senators nominate Boente for U.S. attorney

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are recommending Dana J. Boente for appointment to the U.S. attorney position for the Eastern District of Virginia. Boente currently serves as acting U.S. attorney. He previously served as interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District ...

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Law school, Starbucks form partnership to help veterans

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) A veterans benefits clinic at the College of William and Mary law school has formed a partnership with Starbucks to help veterans and service members with their benefits claims. On two Mondays a month, select Starbucks stores in ...

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Attorney avoids jail time for hiding assistant’s thefts

A Lee County lawyer will not have to go to prison for trying to help his office assistant avoid prosecution after she stole money from accounts under his control. Joseph W. Rasnic of Jonesville was sentenced to a year of ...

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Prosecutors: ex-Va. first lady’s conviction should be upheld

(AP) Federal prosecutors said Thursday there is easily enough evidence to support former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s public corruption convictions and said she has a “fundamental misunderstanding of bribery law.” In court filings, prosecutors told the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Judge pay in Virginia earns top-10 rankings

Pay for state judges in Virginia compares favorably with salaries for jurists from other states, with the $188,949 annual salary for associate justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia ranking ninth in the nation, according to the latest figures from ...

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Nonresident lawyer cannot challenge town action

A lawyer whose connection to the picturesque town of Washington consisted mainly of a post office box and his work at the county courthouse lacked standing to challenge the actions of the town council in a deal with the biggest ...

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Hernandez to lead Regent Law

Regent University law Prof. Michael Hernandez has been appointed dean of the law school, effective July 1. Hernandez joined the faculty at Regent Law in 1992 and has taught courses in appellate advocacy, Christian foundations of law, international human rights, ...

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