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Lt. Gov. Fairfax to work for law firm

(AP) Virginia’s lieutenant governor is going to work in the Northern Virginia and Washington offices of a global law firm. Justin Fairfax will be a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s commercial litigation, trials, and investigations and white-collar defense groups while ...

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Nea recognized with pro bono award

G. Andrew Nea Jr., pro bono partner at Williams Mullen in Richmond, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. Nea created the pro bono committee at Williams Mullen and ...

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Prince William bar honored for pro bono work

The Prince William County Bar Association has won the 2018 Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award. The award, named for the famed civil rights leader and first woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is presented annually by the Virginia State Bar ...

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Sharp wins Judicial Council’s Carrico Award (access required)

Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge William W. Sharp has received the 2017 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts on Aug. ...

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Habeeb and Dicks to open new Richmond law office (access required)

Two former legislators – one a veteran lobbyist – are joining forces to open a new law office in Richmond, a branch of the Roanoke-based Gentry Locke firm. Gentry litigation partner Gregory D. Habeeb will oversee the Richmond office, with John G. “Chip” ...

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More advertising opinions dropped (access required)

The Virginia State Bar continues to trim the list of published opinions offering guidance on lawyer advertising. At an Aug. 1 meeting, the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics withdrew 12 legal advertising opinions issued by the former Standing Committee on ...

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Apartment complex threatens eviction over Bible studies

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) A battle is brewing at a Fredericksburg apartment complex over a semi-retired pastor’s Bible studies. The complex’s owner has threatened to evict Kenneth Hauge if he continues hosting the Bible studies, The Free Lance-Star reported. The 86-year-old is ...

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Prosecutor won’t charge officer in deadly shooting

(AP) A Richmond police officer who fatally shot a naked, unarmed man on an interstate highway will not face criminal charges because the shooting was “an act of justifiable homicide,” the city’s top prosecutor said. In a report released Aug. ...

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Venue motion under advisement for Charlottesville suspect’s trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge has decided the trial of a man accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer will stay in Charlottesville for now. The Daily Progress reported Circuit Judge Richard Moore agreed to ...

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Lawsuit: Officer charged man with DUI ‘out of spite’

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Virginia man is suing a police officer he says targeted him with a false charge of driving under the influence. Donald Hamlett’s lawsuit says the 64-year-old was arrested and charged by Chesapeake police officer Frank Chappell “out ...

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