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‘Do the fair thing’ (access required)

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After an impassioned plea from a man who spent 33 years in a Virginia prison for a killing he did not commit, a state Senate committee on Jan. 23 gave the go-ahead for a procedure to let defendants challenge convictions ...

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Assembly to consider limited ‘tort reform’ (access required)

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Two proposals supported by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at the General Assembly could offer comfort for businesses involved in litigation – without drawing fire from trial lawyers. One plan would allow summary judgment in business disputes in Virginia courts ...

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New bills would end phone app use while driving (access required)

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Despite numerous bills being introduced on the topic a year ago, it is currently still legal to use cell phone apps while driving in Virginia. While it is currently illegal to text or email while driving, legislators and safety advocates ...

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Facing the hiring squad (access required)

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Two Virginia judges up for new terms on the bench faced scrutiny from legislators over their own personal issues and disputes at a recent interview session. A circuit judge was quizzed about a complaint raised by his ex-wife’s lawyer. A ...

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Recent legislative changes on spousal support law

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By Anne L. Roddy There are three important takeaway points for domestic relations lawyers from recent legislation – two bills from the 2018 General Assembly session and one from Congress: If you want spousal support to be non-modifiable, state that affirmatively in your agreements. Effective ...

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Assembly to fund all authorized judgeships (access required)

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After a decade of intentionally unfunded Virginia judgeships, the state will have money to fill all authorized bench seats by July of next year. The General Assembly has agreed to a budget that would fund all 435 trial court judgeships ...

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