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Assembly acts to fill new appeals court judgeships (access required)


A long-dormant proposal to expand the Court of Appeals of Virginia suddenly became a flashpoint issue this month as General Assembly Democrats prepared to fill an expected four new judicial seats while Republicans derided the initiative as a liberal “pack-the-court” ...

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Hilton Downtown Richmond must defend Black guest’s bias claims (access required)

A Black customer of the Hilton Downtown Richmond hotel can proceed with his discrimination lawsuit over alleged harassment by a security guard, even though he was never denied room accommodations. That was the ruling Dec. 4 by U.S. District Judge ...

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Judicial reelection: Community split over Chesterfield judge’s future (access required)

Richmond-area lawyers spoke up this month in support of a Chesterfield County general district judge fighting to win another term despite low performance scores and vocal community opposition. Judge Pamela O’Berry’s bid for a third six-year term led to more ...

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Presenting Virginia’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ of 2020

In this issue, Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents the “Unsung Legal Heroes,” Class of 2020. This statewide program recognizes the Old Dominion’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals. It honors law firm employees, other than lawyers, who have consistently gone ...

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Valley lawyer charged with $800K insurance fraud (access required)


A Luray attorney and his wife are accused of collecting thousands of dollars in long-term care insurance benefits they did not deserve, leading to both criminal and civil fraud actions. Stephen J. Kaufmann, his wife and a nonprofit he formed ...

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