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Pierce to lead South Hampton Roads Bar (access required)

The South Hampton Roads Bar Association has inducted Michael D. Pierce of Norfolk as president. He succeeds Jamilah D. LeCruise of Norfolk as head of the predominately Black bar association headquartered in Norfolk. Pierce, who joined the SHRBA in 2015, ...

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State attacks standing of Lee statue plaintiff (access required)

State lawyers say a Richmond resident seeking to block removal of the state-owned statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee lacks legal standing in his lawsuit. Lawyers from the attorney general’s office prevailed in their argument once, and raised the standing ...

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Fairfax adopts model criminal discovery order (access required)

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Basic criminal discovery procedures adopted by circuit judges in Fairfax County could inspire similar model discovery orders for courts around the state as criminal justice lawyers adjust to a new set of rules. The Fairfax judges distributed a model discovery ...

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Bar examiners to offer September exam session (access required)

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In the face of concerns about hundreds of candidates taking the Virginia Bar Exam in person over two days this month during the unabated COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners has announced a September option. The bar exam ...

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Judge tests positive for virus (access required)

A Salem judge has tested positive for COVID-19. Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Hilary Griffith told The Roanoke Times she was tested July 14 after experiencing symptoms the day before. The Salem courthouse was closed for a day for cleaning ...

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Prosecutors back criminal justice reforms (access required)

A group of self-described “progressive” prosecutors in Virginia is offering assistance to Democrats and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in crafting laws to bring “meaningful systemic change” to criminal justice. “We would like to offer our support and advocate our ...

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Courts plan for post-pandemic operations (access required)

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Virginia court officials are taking initial, deliberate steps towards resuming jury trials and returning to some semblance of normal operation, even while the judicial emergency now extends to Aug. 9 and some courts have had to close their doors for ...

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