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Steve Minor
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On citation to unpublished orders of the Supreme Court of Virginia
Not too long ago, the Supreme Court of Virginia started putting its unpublished "orders" - i.e., unpublished opinions - on the courts website, and I look at those along with everything else that I can find on the website. Back in April, the Court issued an ...

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On admission to the W.D. Pa.
A little while ago, I added the Western District of Pennsylvania to the list of places where I am admitted to practice. One of the magistrate judges there clerked for Judge Williams, and so I got her to swear me in. I guess I know about 50 lawyers in Pennsy...

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The one that got away
Years ago, Kurt Pomrenke and I had a case where we represented the former director of the Grayson County Department of Social Services. In that case, one of the issues was whether the local department of social services was a state agency for purposes of th...

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The big CBM class action ruling
After many years of proceedings, Judge Jones has issued a lengthy opinion addressing the certification of classes for the coalbed methane royalty cases against CNX and EQT. The opinion is interesting for many reasons - one is simply that the PDF file is boo...

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On standing to sue a Virginia school board for violation of state law
I listened with interest this morning on my walk with the dog to the oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Virginia in the case of Lafferty v. Fairfax School Board. The assignments of error are shown here . It seems fair to say that the lawyers were ch...

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The outer limits on visitation
In Petersen v. Petersen , the father brought out the big guns, hiring William Hurd to represent him before the Court of Appeals. The most interesting issue in the case was whether the Circuit Court, on appeal from the Juvenile Court, violated the father's r...

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On brevity
I read with interest the latest essay by Steve Emmert on his website , in which he discusses how the new federal rule will reduce the length of briefs allowed without leave of court, and also discusses the recommendation from Bryan Garner that a lawyer shou...

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Game Day in Farmville
The Richmond paper has this report on the hoopla at Longwood University surrounding the upcoming vice-presidential debate. I've been to Farmville many times, it is about like Galax (they both have a Macados).

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On the adverse spousal testimony privilege
I filed a motion to quash not too long ago in a federal criminal case, where the Government was seeking to have the defendant's husband testify against her. In federal law cases, testimonial privileges are determinined under the federal common law. In Tramm...

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On Chief Judge Gregory
The Associated Press has this article about the Commonwealth's own Roger Gregory, the first African-American chief judge of the Untied States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Gregory holds the distinction also of having been nominated by both ...
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