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VSB president condemns Washington violence

Virginia State Bar President Brian L. Buniva invoked the rule of law in calling for condemnation of the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. “The rule of law is not an abstraction. The observance of the rule of law ...

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Candidate apologizes, settles with Cavedo in defamation suit (access required)

A former candidate for one of Virginia’s U.S. Senate seats has settled with Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo over the candidate’s labeling Cavedo as racist. Daniel M. Gade criticized Cavedo during an Oct. 3 debate with incumbent Sen. Mark ...

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Democrats hold House seats in special elections

(AP) Virginia Democrats held on to two House seats in special elections held Jan. 5. Candi King narrowly defeated Republican Heather Mitchell in the 2nd House District in Northern Virginia, which was vacant after former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy resigned ...

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Citizens chosen for bipartisan redistricting panel

(AP) A panel of judges has selected eight citizens who will join eight legislators on a bipartisan commission that will redraw Virginia’s legislative boundaries for the next decade. A referendum approved by voters in November creates the 16-member commission to ...

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AG Herring plans civil rights office (access required)

Attorney General Mark R. Herring on Jan. 5 announced the creation of an Office of Civil Rights within his office to enhance protections against discrimination. In a news release, Herring said the new Office of Civil Rights will be the ...

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Employment firms merge (access required)

Two Richmond firms representing employees in employment law litigation have joined forces. Butler Royals PLC and The Curwood Law Firm officially merged on Jan. 1 to become Butler Curwood PLC. The new firm will operate out of Butler’s existing offices ...

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U.S. Attorney in Eastern Virginia announces resignation

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The leader of one of the nation’s most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices said he is resigning after nearly three years of prosecuting terrorists, spies and political operatives. G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, ...

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Virginia Beach public defender calls for pay parity

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The public defender’s office in Virginia Beach is asking the city to contribute money to help boost its attorneys’ salaries. Virginia Beach Public Defender Cal Bain told The Virginian-Pilot that low pay is leading to high turnover ...

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Finalists chosen for 8 spots on redistricting panel

(AP) Virginia legislative leaders have selected 62 finalists for the eight citizen spots on the state’s new redistricting commission. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Democrats’ picks come from mostly population centers and GOP choices chiefly from rural areas. A panel of five ...

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Sen. Chafin dies after catching coronavirus

(AP) State Sen. Ben Chafin has died after contracting the coronavirus, Senate Republicans said Jan. 1. Chafin represented Southwest Virginia and was from Russell County, where he practiced law from his Lebanon office. A Republican, he was first elected to ...

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