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School board settles abuse lawsuit for $1.1M (access required)

A federal judge has approved a $1.1 million settlement for a student, now in his teens, who claimed he was repeatedly abused by the janitor at his elementary school in Russell County. After the suit survived two pretrial rulings, the ...

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Under pressure: Appalachian School of Law faces ABA accreditation decision (access required)

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Southwest Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law has been directed by an accreditation panel to address questions about how it selects students capable of earning a degree and passing the bar. A critical hearing is set for June. Credentials of ASL’s current and ...

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Morrissey is disbarred a second time (access required)


Richmond’s Joe Morrissey, a survivor of tumultuous legal and political careers, has been disbarred for a second time in a Virginia State Bar proceeding. A three-judge Richmond Circuit Court panel decided March 30 that Morrissey’s 2013 conduct in his relationship ...

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Limited-scope representation proposal draws fire (access required)


Legal aid lawyers are pushing back against a court rules proposal that would add restrictions on limited-scope representation, including ghostwriting for unrepresented litigants. A request for comments on the rule proposal generated 30 responses from attorneys around Virginia, many lauding ...

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ER doctor wins defense verdict in Wise County (access required)


A jury in Wise County returned a defense verdict for an emergency room doctor in late February after a patient filed a medical malpractice suit seeking millions of dollars in damages. The plaintiff, Michael Mitchell, presented to the emergency department ...

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Fee cap for state-hired outside lawyers vetoed (access required)


Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed the General Assembly’s proposed limit on the amount the state can pay outside litigation attorneys. Senate Bill 926, introduced by Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, was presented as a money-saving measure. Northam vetoed the legislation March ...

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