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Senator balks at judgeship list (access required)

Protesting what he called a “flawed process,” state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Hot Springs, railed against a revised allocation plan for Virginia trial court judgeships before a Senate committee Jan. 24. Based on a 2017 weighted caseload study, the state court ...

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Applications sought for Conrad’s seat

Virginia’s two U.S. senators and state bar groups are seeking applications for a judgeship at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The open seat is that of Judge Glen E. Conrad of Roanoke, who declared senior ...

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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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