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Speaking in Code: Code Commission seeks comments

Lawyers may remember early-career advice to always start with the statutes. They can put that reflex to check the Virginia Code to good use by checking in with the Virginia Code Commission. The commission, which is responsible for publishing and ...

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Circuit court considering protections in ‘debt buyer’ cases

Special procedures to ensure integrity in collections actions brought by so-called “debt buyers” could be extended to Fairfax County Circuit Court. A hearing is scheduled May 29 for comments on whether or not the circuit court should adopt guidelines concerning ...

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VBA will host first gubernatorial debate

Plans are taking shape for the traditional first debate between candidates for Virginia’s governorship at the Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting at The Homestead. The debate is set for Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. Both Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli ...

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Defendant runs from courthouse, jumps in river

A cocaine-possession defendant was so distraught over his court hearing Tuesday he apparently ran from the Danville courthouse and jumped into the Dan River. As the Danville Register & Bee reports, Anthony Falden was rescued from the chilly water and ...

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Cuccinelli softens stance on public records law

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he will no longer routinely advance the contention that his office is not subject to the state Freedom of Information Act. Cuccinelli had included a disclaimer in recent FOIA responses stating that a 2011 ...

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Lawyer faces 20 months in prison for drugs

A Wise County lawyer accused of using and sharing illegal drugs with former clients – and getting them to lie about it under oath – has pleaded guilty to four federal felony charges and faces 20 months in prison. The ...

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Cuccinelli claims AG’s office not subject to FOIA

The attorney general’s office is not subject to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says. In a recent letter denying a citizen’s request for conflict-of-information training data, a senior assistant attorney general responded saying a “good-faith argument” ...

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Public Defender group to honor Judge Hogshire

The Citizens Advisory Committee for the Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender Office will present the 2013 Clarence Earl Gideon Award to Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire. The award will be presented for the first time in 2013, in the 50th anniversary year ...

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Local Government Attorneys honor Chesterfield’s Parthemos

Chesterfield County Deputy County Attorney Stylian “Stel” Parthemos has been honored by the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. with the 2013 Cherin Award for Outstanding Deputy or Assistant Local Government Attorney, presented at the association’s recent spring conference in ...

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Pace to join Roanoke College

Virginia lawyer and bar leader Mike Pace will become full-time general counsel for Roanoke College, the school has announced. Pace, who spearheaded the effort to bring Rule of Law education to Virginia middle schools, will remain “of counsel” at Gentry, ...

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