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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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