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Man shot in his home by police sues for $12M (access required)

A Lynchburg accountant severely injured when he was shot by a police officer in his home is suing the officers in federal court for $12 million. Walker T. Sigler says two Lynchburg officers violated his civil rights and acted with ...

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School sues parents, lawyer for fees in special ed case (access required)


In a rare move, a Virginia public school system is suing a student’s parents and the parents’ attorney for an award of attorneys’ fees under the federal special education law. The Roanoke County School Board contends the parents filed a ...

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Court authorizes assessment for Wellness Fund (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has authorized the collection of up to $30 a year from each active lawyer in Virginia to fund wellness initiatives. In a May 31 order, the court directed the Virginia State Bar to collect the ...

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Attorney recovering after DUI gets VSB reprimand, monitoring (access required)

An attorney who struggled with alcohol-related issues for more than two years after a 2015 DUI arrest has been allowed to continue to practice law, under threat of suspension for any other missteps. A panel of the Virginia State Bar ...

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Richmond’s Michael Herring to join McGuireWoods (access required)

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring says he plans to resign that post on July 1. He will join McGuireWoods as a partner, he confirmed. “At least in the beginning, I will focus my energy on commercial litigation and white ...

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Supreme Court affirms lawyer’s reprimand (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a bar reprimand of a Virginia Beach lawyer accused of misleading a judge about terms of a federal regulation. Attorney Judith M. Cofield fought the bar discipline all the way to the high ...

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Former sheriff found dead, fraud suspect denied bond (access required)

Amid criminal and civil investigations of how public money was used by a Front Royal-based economic development agency, a former county sheriff has died and the former head of the agency was denied bond. Former Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron ...

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Making motions (access required)


Even though Virginia’s chief justice has questions about the practice, lawyers and judges say having different judges handle various aspects of a case is a system that works in busy courthouses. The subject came up at a May 8 meeting ...

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