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U.S. Attorney MacBride to step down

Neil H. MacBride, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, will resign next month after one four-year term in the office. MacBride’s office is in the midst of investigations of both Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and the WikiLeaks ...

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Headed in-house? Check the pay scale

“So I told him that if he wanted a third child, someone was going to have to go in-house.” A female lawyer to her colleague, overheard at a Virginia Bar Association meeting The dream of a more manageable schedule for ...

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Court says no to civil rights ‘dating’ claim

It’s no game for a dating claim, in a case filed by two FBI trainees who were booted from the Training Academy for their extramarital romance. The personal right to privacy recognized under the Constitution includes marriage, procreation, contraception and ...

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Federal court seeks guidance on Virginia business conspiracy law (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to help interpret Virginia law relating to the state’s business conspiracy statute. A request for guidance on state law from a federal court has been a ...

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VSB website maintenance canceled

The previously announced website outage for the Virginia State Bar has been cancelled. The state was planning a change in vendors hosting the VSB’s  website on Thursday. The site was expected to go down for 24 hours beginning at 5 ...

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VSB website down for a day

The Virginia State Bar’s website will go dark from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday as the VSB moves the site from one vendor to another. Members will not be able to log in or use mobile applications during ...

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‘Side-switching’ doctrine tested in criminal case

A man who took his family hostage in a four-hour standoff with police could not prevent a court-appointed psychologist from “switching sides” and testifying for the commonwealth at his trial for abduction. Initially, the psychologist said the defendant was insane ...

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Feds cutting fees for court-appointed lawyers

Sequestration is hitting federal court-appointed lawyers in the wallet. The Executive Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference has reduced hourly rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour. The change is described as an “emergency move” to preserve federal ...

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Federal funding cuts will hit private lawyers

Federal trial judges from around the country are telling the U.S. Senate that courts have slashed operations “to the bone” and further funding cuts will “profoundly compromise” the justice system. Virginia’s two chief federal trial judges have signed off on ...

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Alcohol complicates dog bite case

It’s dog days 2013, take two. A woman suing for a dog bite cannot avoid her statement that she was heavily intoxicated and couldn’t remember much about the incident. And if the case goes to trial, she may face expert ...

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