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Governor’s budget includes Loudoun judgeship money (access required)

Advocates for funding an additional circuit judgeship in Loudoun County may have a leg up with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s new budget. The final two-year state spending plan offered by the outgoing governor includes $288,822 each year to fund one vacant ...

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Lawyer sanctioned for violating bankruptcy stay (access required)

An Arlington County lawyer was held in contempt by a judge and then reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar for trying to collect fees from a former client in violation of a bankruptcy stay. Tara E. Steinnerd agreed to the ...

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Some JDR judges get low marks (access required)


As the Virginia General Assembly again considers new terms for incumbent judges, legislators will be examining a large batch of report cards on the candidates. For some, mostly juvenile and domestic relations judges, the reviews were not all raves. This ...

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Conrad to take senior status (access required)

U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of Virginia’s Western District is taking senior status, his office reports. In a letter to President Trump, Conrad said he would assume senior status on Monday, Dec. 11, his assistant said. The move was ...

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‘The GAL system is broken’ (access required)


Children involved in family court disputes are often poorly served by lawyers appointed to represent them, attorneys and other observers say. Surveys of lawyers and court volunteers reveal concerns that some guardians ad litem – paid to advocate for children ...

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Martinsville prosecutor resigns (access required)

Martinsville Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Clay Gravely IV has announced his resignation due to health concerns. According to a letter of resignation cited by the Martinsville Bulletin, Gravely said that he had been battling colon cancer and reached a point where ...

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