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VBA looks to local bars to increase membership (access required)

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The Virginia Bar Association recently began an initiative to increase membership by offering services to local bar members for free—on one condition. That condition is that the top three leaders of each local or specialty bar group—typically the president, president-elect ...

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Prosecutor immune in ‘false prosecution’ case (access required)

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Despite the allegation of “a grave injustice” in the abduction conviction of a Charlottesville-area grocer, a federal judge said the man’s civil lawsuit against the prosecutor’s office would not stand. Sovereign immunity protects the commonwealth’s attorney under the U.S. Constitution, ...

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Senate: Allow DWI at driver’s home (access required)

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In a bid to overturn a 2014 Virginia Supreme Court decision, the state Senate this month approved a proposal to allow intoxicated driving on one’s own residential property. Once thought dead, the bill sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, ...

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Court reporters welcome proposed regulation (access required)

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Virginia could take the first step in regulating court reporters this year. Court reporters could no longer make multi-case contracts with parties in a lawsuit if Senate Bill 545 passes the General Assembly. SB 545 passed the full Senate Feb. ...

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Controversial FOIA bill killed by its sponsor (access required)

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A controversial proposal to declare that the state judiciary is exempt from Virginia’s open government law was killed Feb. 7 by its own sponsor, who contended his bill was misunderstood. Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, said he believed the courts ...

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