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Richmond Law makes top 50 in USNWR rankings (access required)

The University of Richmond law school has cracked the top 50 in the U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools Rankings. The school’s seven-point jump marks the largest change in position for any of Virginia’s five ranked law schools ...

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Lawyer gets prison for bankruptcy fraud (access required)

US Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District

A disbarred Richmond lawyer once accused of stripping assets from her own law office in advance of a visit by federal regulators was sentenced March 12 to a year in prison for bankruptcy fraud. Nnika E. White also was convicted ...

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Pols point fingers as judgeships go unfilled (access required)


Democratic politicians say the sole GOP state legislator from Fairfax County tossed a monkey wrench into the judicial selection process this month, using his majority-party power to block election of new judges for badly needed seats on the county’s juvenile ...

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Bar pays $45K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar paid $45,522.25 in reimbursement to former clients of dishonest lawyers in a recent round of awards from the bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund. One client received repayment $25,810 in unearned fees charged by a Fredericksburg attorney who ...

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Ballou endorsed for U.S. district judgeship (access required)

At a March 13 meeting,  the Roanoke Bar Association endorsed Roanoke U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert S. Ballou as a candidate for nomination to fill the vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The vacancy was ...

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Tuition payments deemed waste of marital assets (access required)

Divorce Decree FEA

A divorcing father’s unilateral decision to use a marital investment account to pay for his adult son’s master’s program was properly considered waste of the marital assets, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled. A Fairfax County circuit judge ...

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Supreme Court to weigh disclosure of lawyers’ bills (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to take up whether a public body can keep the substance of its legal bills under wraps. A dentist who settled his court battle with the city of Virginia Beach wants to know ...

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Assembly picks 16 judges before departing (access required)


Legislators selected 16 new Virginia trial court judges March 9 before adjourning the next day to await a special session that could produce funding for additional judicial seats. The General Assembly elected five circuit judges, five general district judges and ...

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