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New group reviews mediator ethics

With so many mediators out there mediating, ethical issues are bound to arise. Over the past few years, mediator complaints and ethics issues have prompted governing bodies to consider revisions to the various guidelines, standards and procedures related to certification ...

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How to … Pick a meeting facility (access required)

You’re in luck. Virginia has numerous meeting facilities, which include hotels, inns, country clubs, conference centers, university campuses and catering halls. There are facilities that can accommodate small groups up to several thousand people, in a variety of price ranges. ...

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Felon with firearm gets new sentencing

A Richmond federal judge didn’t follow a stair-step approach in sentencing a felon with a firearm, so the defendant gets a second shot at sentencing. Earlier this week, the 4th Circuit released an unpublished opinion in U.S. v. Tinsley, vacating ...

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Replacements for Ellis, Payne recommended

Virginia Senators John Warner and Jim Webb have recommended candidates they say are “outstanding Virginians with exemplary qualifications” for federal judgeships in the Eastern District of Virginia: ? Joanne F. Alper of Arlington, a Virginia circuit judge in Arlington County ...

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Lawyers allowed back in Norfolk jail

The Norfolk jail has changed its lawyer visitation policy … again. Now, lawyers can visit their clients behind bars in the cell blocks, so long as they sign a waiver form acknowledging the jail’s safety policies, reports The Virginian-Pilot. The ...

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Judges’ complaint, prosecutor’s response detailed

The Virginian-Pilot has obtained the ethics complaint that Virginia Beach circuit judges filed against Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant III and Bryant’s formal response to the complaint. The judges said they were concerned about reports that Bryant had said at ...

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In memoriam: James W. Renney Sr.

James W. Renney Sr. will be remembered by many people as the longtime master of ceremonies at the annual shad planking in Wakefield. That time-honored Virginia political event has attracted politicians and candidates from both parties for years. Mr. Renney, ...

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Sexual harassment matter of ‘public concern’

Here’s one for the public-sector employment lawyers. Those lawyers know that public employees have First Amendment rights and can sue employers who abridge those rights. But the First Amendment only protects employee speech on matters of “public concern.” A lot ...

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