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Wildlife center loses funding over legal dispute (access required)


In a civil complaint, two sets of neighbors, including a current candidate for local office, accused the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke of using social media to defame them. The lawsuit, filed June 25, said the center posted false ...

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A piece of judicial history (access required)


Every judge has a story behind his or her robe. Last month, two legal organizations joined together to ensure that the tales behind former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall’s are told. “There are just some inspiring artifacts that give ...

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Judge strikes state’s marriage race question (access required)

Marriage License Signing FEA

Despite the state’s effort to avoid the constitutional implications of a Virginia law requiring couples to disclose their race when seeking a marriage license, a federal judge emphatically declared the law unconstitutional in an Oct. 11 ruling. Requiring the betrothed ...

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Revisions could change practices at depositions (access required)


Two proposals now blessed by the Advisory Committee on Rules of Court could affect who sits in at Virginia depositions and what objections are raised during the questioning. One change would establish a pre-set list of those permitted to attend ...

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Panel: Time to banish ‘shall’ from Virginia Rules (access required)


The call to eliminate use of the word “shall” in Virginia law is growing louder. The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court has joined the Boyd-Graves Conference in unanimously endorsing removal of the term from the Virginia Rules. Legal commentators ...

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