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SW Virginia judge with good reviews bounced (access required)


A Southwest Virginia circuit judge has apparently lost his seat on the bench despite the endorsement of his local bar, a clean performance survey and no public opposition at the General Assembly. The action illustrates the endurance of the Assembly’s ...

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LEO would address lawyer’s duties for no-show parent

A lawyer appointed to represent a parent losing his or her parental rights might not have to appeal or stay on the case if the parent drops out of sight, according to a proposal from the Virginia State Bar’s ethics ...

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Plaintiff wins access to nursing home training materials (access required)


Another judge has allowed a medical malpractice plaintiff to examine health care training materials over the objection of a defendant nursing home. Gloucester County Circuit Judge Designate William H. Shaw III – a retired Middle Neck judge – allowed discovery ...

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Lawmakers offer varied court data access plans (access required)


The 2018 General Assembly could produce a blueprint for giving lawyers, and the general public, unprecedented access to state court case records. A court decision seen as a setback for open government has spawned at least five proposals to allow ...

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Comey to teach at William & Mary (access required)

Former FBI Director James B. Comey will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary beginning this fall. With an appointment as an executive professor in education, Comey will co-teach the course with Drew Stelljes, ...

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Armstrong named to Court of Appeals post (access required)

Alice T. Armstrong of the attorney general’s office has been named chief staff attorney for the Court of Appeals of Virginia. She succeeds John T. Tucker III who is retiring after more than 27 years on the job, according to ...

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Statewide public defender offices proposed (access required)

The General Assembly is being asked to consider whether Virginia should move to a statewide system of public defenders. Virginia now has 25 public defender offices, according to the website of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission which oversees the PD ...

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Assembly returns 46 judges to the bench (access required)


Virginia legislators re-elected 46 incumbent trial court judges in the first round of judicial selection at this year’s General Assembly. One new circuit judge was among those elected Jan. 16. One sitting judge was left off the list without explanation. ...

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At least 7 seek Pomrenke judgeship (access required)

At least seven people have expressed interest in the Bristol juvenile and domestic relations judgeship formerly held by Kurt Pomrenke, a legislator said. Del. Israel O’Quinn told the Bristol Herald Courier that he’s heard from six or seven attorneys interested ...

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