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Judge tosses lawsuit over bar exam accommodations (access required)

A Michigan lawyer who sued after he missed passing the Virginia bar exam by just three points lost his federal ADA lawsuit charging disability discrimination. Donshur Oliver said he should have been allowed accommodations when he sat for the exam ...

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Senators urge Terwilliger for U.S. attorney (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended Justice Department lawyer G. Zachary Terwilliger for the job of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the senators said the recommendation was based on reviews ...

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Lawyer surrenders license over client money (access required)

A Fairfax County lawyer has surrendered his Virginia law license, admitting that he failed to give any portion of an $8,000 civil settlement to his client. Karl G. Blanke also agreed in an affidavit that he failed to follow up ...

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Lawyer charged with delivering drugs, phone to inmate (access required)

A Richmond lawyer – celebrated five years ago for her charity work as a law student – has been charged with delivering drugs and a cellphone to a prisoner, according to online court records. Dana L. Tapper was arrested April ...

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Medical malpractice veteran Leitch switches sides (access required)

Roanoke attorney Powell M. “Nick” Leitch III has left the defense side to become a patient advocate in the medical malpractice arena. Leitch left LeClairRyan’s Roanoke office April 6. He started as a partner with Gentry Locke on April 23. ...

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Bauer to step down from Legal Aid Justice Center (access required)

Lawyer Mary Bauer has announced plans to step down as executive director of the Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center in mid-summer. Bauer said she was leaving “for personal reasons.” The LAJC said it would immediately launch a national search for ...

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Man’s witness tampering waives right to confront (access required)


Even though a domestic violence defendant did not prevent his alleged victim from coming to court, his use of emotional manipulation to silence her was enough to allow her out-of-court statements to be used to convict him, the Virginia Court ...

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Immigrant bond company resists state inquiries (access required)

An Augusta County company that rents GPS monitors to immigrant detainees is battling state lawyers seeking information on possible consumer law violations. Virginia lawyers say the state has “reason to believe” that Nexus Services Inc. is violating the Virginia Consumer ...

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Judges question roadblock to sentence review (access required)

4tth Circuit Seal FEA

A panel of federal appeals judges had sharp questions last month about why federal prosecutors are resisting a fix for a drug defendant sentenced to 12 years in prison under a mistaken standard. A mutual mistake about application of a ...

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Limited-scope representation rule proposal simplified (access required)

The Supreme Court’s rules advisors are offering a simplified proposal to regulate limited-scope representation of needy clients in civil matters. The court’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Court is again seeking comments on a proposed addition to Rule 1:5 to ...

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