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VSB moves to take over lawyer’s office

A receiver has been appointed to preserve and audit the office of Blacksburg lawyer Joseph Painter, now facing drug and gun changes in the wake of a February incident. The Roanoke Times reports Tommy Joe Williams, who practices law in ...

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Diversity Conference approves bylaws amendment

The Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference has made a housekeeping change in its bylaws designed to allow the conference to gain a seat on the VSB’s executive committee. A move to give the diversity panel a voice on the EC ...

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Prosecutor candidate pledges death penalty moratorium

One of the candidates for Charlottesville commonwealth’s attorney would ban death penalty prosecutions in local cases if he’s elected. Steve Deaton, a former commonwealth’s attorney who hopes to win back the job, tells The Hook he thinks the death penalty ...

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Lawyers in short supply at Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly could use a few good lawyers. That seemed to be the message Tuesday as Roanoke state legislators talked about the 2013 General Assembly session with members of the Roanoke Bar Association. “We have reached a tipping ...

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Livin’ on a prairie

Here’s something ironic. More and more law students are graduating from law school without jobs. More and more people who live in rural parts of America are without local lawyers and have to drive far distances to hire same. What ...

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Delegate’s retirement might help daughter get judgeship

A prosecutor’s bid for a general district judgeship may have played a role in the decision by another veteran state legislator to retire from the General Assembly. Del. Bob Purkey, R-Virginia Beach, announced Saturday he will not seek re-election after ...

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Officer faces new trial in fatal shooting

A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit against a Stafford County sheriff’s deputy accused of using excessive force in the fatal shooting of a county man. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an ...

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The Sixth Man Award

Settling the squabbling of law students across the nation once and for all, a California law professor has released a definitive ranking of bar exam difficulty. Robert Anderson, an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, combined bar passage ...

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Deputies’ p.i. suit barred by fireman’s rule (access required)

Two deputies injured in an auto accident during a drug sting could not sue the criminal suspect for their personal injuries. The Supreme Court of Virginia said that the deputies were acting in the normal course of their professional duties ...

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Surgeon, hospital not liable for patient death (access required)

A surgeon and faculty member of Eastern Virginia Medical School will not have to face a suit saying he was negligent in providing post-surgical treatment of a patient’s ischemic leg. On April 5, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed dismissal ...

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