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Legal aid clinic opens at Liberty University (access required)

Liberty University and the Virginia Legal Aid Society have teamed up to provide four third-year students an opportunity to get first-hand experience in providing legal aid to the Lynchburg community. The clinic offers law students the opportunity to represent clients ...

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Norfolk attorney inducted into national organization for construction lawyers (access required)

Norfolk attorney William “Bill” E. Franczek was recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. Franczek was honored by his peers and recognized for his dedication to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law. His experience in ...

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Commissioner honored at national convention (access required)

Wesley G. Marshall recently was honored with the 2017 Frances Perkins Award presented by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions. Marshall, who is chairman of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, was recognized for his efforts in improving workers’ ...

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Richmond attorney receives two honors

Richmond attorney Jason Konvicka recently received two honors for his work as a personal injury attorney. Konvicka was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invite-only honorary for elite lawyers. Its current members span more than 30 countries and ...

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Lawmaker preparing bill for marijuana decriminalization

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker says he’s working on a bill to decriminalize marijuana. Senate majority leader Tommy Norment does not support full legalization of the drug. But the Republican said possessing it would be a civil offense subject to a ...

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Florida man charged in 1995 sex assault of 4 women

RESTON (AP) Police say that DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Florida man who now stands accused of sexually assaulting four women in a northern Virginia apartment more than 20 years ago. Fairfax County police on Monday ...

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Regent rises, Richmond drops on bar exam (access required)

Regent University’s law school vaulted to the top of the bar results chart this year with a 94.59 percent pass rate for the July Virginia bar exam. Last year, Regent’s overall rate was 76.32, next to last among Virginia’s eight ...

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Judge allows self-abortion case to proceed

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A Virginia judge has cleared the way for the prosecution of a woman charged with self-aborting her late-term fetus. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that a Chesterfield Circuit Court judge denied a motion to dismiss the charge against Michelle F. ...

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Boente resigning as U.S. attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced his resignation Friday, but said he plans to stay on until a successor is in place. Boente, a career prosecutor who has also served as acting ...

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Court asked to decide whether to limit electronics searches

(AP) A federal appeals court is being asked to decide whether to place limits on the government’s ability to search electronic devices at airports. The American Civil Liberties Union argues that searches should not be conducted without a warrant or ...

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