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Civil rights lawsuit filed against Fauquier deputies (access required)


What started as a short husband-and-wife shouting match in the couple’s driveway has led to a civil rights lawsuit against a deputy sheriff who later arrested the pair. Within less than two minutes of the deputy’s arrival, the husband had ...

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Justice Center is staying connected during COVID-19

The LAJC held a car rally to get people released from Richmond City Jail. (Photo provided by Jeff Jones)

Though the coronavirus outbreak has negatively impacted people’s daily lives worldwide, the Legal Aid Justice Center knew certain communities would be hit harder than most. “COVID-19 is not just a destructive act of nature. It is also a human-made crisis ...

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‘A new day for employees’: New laws likely to prompt more litigation in state court (access required)

(Photo by Paul Fletcher)

Employment lawyers anticipate an increase in state litigation using new labor and employment laws that went into effect July 1. Seven major pieces of “employee-friendly” legislation were passed by the General Assembly this year, including new pregnancy discrimination laws and ...

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How (and why) to take a digital detox


With the coronavirus and nationwide protests, we’re glued to our screens like never before. When COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic in March, views on Instagram Live doubled in one week, Facebook reported a 70% increase in Messenger group video ...

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ACLU, Charlottesville attorney accuse VDOC of not complying with COVID-19 lawsuit settlement (access required)

The American Civil Liberties Union and a Charlottesville attorney are claiming the Virginia Department of Corrections has failed to comply with a settlement over the prison system’s COVID-19 response. Earlier this year, attorney Elliott Harding filed a lawsuit on behalf ...

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Richmond law firm recognizes local ‘heroes’

Firm president Edward Allen (center) introduces 2019 Hometown Heroes (Photo by Caroline Martin)

“We find our lives in spending them in the service of others.” That’s the motto that George Allen Sr., one of the founders of the Allen Law Firm, set for his firm. Since its beginning in 1910, the Richmond-based law ...

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VSB president carries out agenda amid COVID-19 (access required)

Marni Byrum

The outgoing president of the Virginia State Bar did not let the coronavirus pandemic derail her from carrying out the goals of her agenda. When she was sworn in last June, Marni Byrum, an employment lawyer in Alexandria, said her ...

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Summer wellness tips to try this season


Summer has officially arrived. The turn of the new season often comes with backyard barbecues and trips to the beach. Given some, er, unexpected events that 2020 has brought on (we don’t have to go into the whole worldwide pandemic ...

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Law students to assist in reviewing protest footage (access required)

Tara Casey addresses a group of new law students volunteering at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. (Photo by Jamie Betts)

Virginia law students will help pro bono attorneys review footage from body cameras worn by officers who arrested and detained individuals during protests in Richmond this month. Protests have been held daily in the state capital since May 29 following ...

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Fairfax lawyer helps fund restaurants during COVID-19

John Harrity and employees from his firm at a charitable race for the American Heart Association organized by Harrity 4 Charity

A Fairfax attorney is using his charity organization to help community members suffering from the financial impacts of COVID-19. In 2016, John Harrity, managing partner of Harrity & Harrity, nearly died at 49 from a “widowmaker” — a heart attack ...

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