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Alston is confirmed for federal judgeship (access required)

After a year and a half of delays, Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. is finally about to become a federal judge. The U.S. Senate confirmed Alston for the seat of retired U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce ...

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Colonial Downer (access required)


Allowing a young visitor to Colonial Williamsburg to eat his homemade meal with classmates in a historic tavern might be a necessary accommodation to his special dietary needs, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last ...

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Man shot in his home by police sues for $12M (access required)

A Lynchburg accountant severely injured when he was shot by a police officer in his home is suing the officers in federal court for $12 million. Walker T. Sigler says two Lynchburg officers violated his civil rights and acted with ...

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School sues parents, lawyer for fees in special ed case (access required)


In a rare move, a Virginia public school system is suing a student’s parents and the parents’ attorney for an award of attorneys’ fees under the federal special education law. The Roanoke County School Board contends the parents filed a ...

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Court authorizes assessment for Wellness Fund (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has authorized the collection of up to $30 a year from each active lawyer in Virginia to fund wellness initiatives. In a May 31 order, the court directed the Virginia State Bar to collect the ...

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Attorney recovering after DUI gets VSB reprimand, monitoring (access required)

An attorney who struggled with alcohol-related issues for more than two years after a 2015 DUI arrest has been allowed to continue to practice law, under threat of suspension for any other missteps. A panel of the Virginia State Bar ...

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Richmond’s Michael Herring to join McGuireWoods (access required)

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring says he plans to resign that post on July 1. He will join McGuireWoods as a partner, he confirmed. “At least in the beginning, I will focus my energy on commercial litigation and white ...

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