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Jay O’Keeffe practices with Johnson, Rosen & O’Keeffe LLC. in Roanoke, Virginia, where he splits his time between appellate and business litigation. read more

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Tom Goldstein Issues Public Apology

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Stunning news from Yorba Linda Washington, DC: appellate superstar and SCOTUSblog mastermind Tom Goldstein has issued a shocking public apology:     It’s hard not to like the guy, but I am reserving judgment until I see the text messages.… Continue Reading

Tribe with Feathers After All?

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All productive work at the Firm on the Move (TM) instantly ground to a halt today when the VLW reported the finalists in the William & Mary mascot search. The W&M website has pictures of the finalists. I’d post them, but I’m not sure about the trademark implications and I think that I’m still bound by the honor code.… Continue Reading

Better than a Baseball Card? FantasySCOTUS.net

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Obviously aware that my birthday is coming up, James Markels over at the Virginia Business Law Blog forwarded a link to FantastySCOTUS.net. Billed as the premier Supreme Court fantasy league, it’s basically fantasy football, except that you win points by picking the outcomes of decisions, the split, and how the individual justices will vote. Hilarious. Josh… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Virginia Releases November Opinions

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Virginia released a batch of opinions. I know that I’m late to the party–I’ve been out sick–but here is a quick run down of the results: November 2009 Supreme Court of Virginia Opinions Case Appellant’s Counsel Appellee’s Counsel Result Hutchins v. Talbert, Record No. 081632 Alfred F. Belcuore (R. Harrison… Continue Reading

Keenan Nomination Watch

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The VLW Blog reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved Justice Keenan’s nomination to the Fourth Circuit. Justice Keenan is President Obama’s second nominee for one of the five open spots on that court. The National Review Online states that ranking minority member Jeff Sessions called Justice Keenan a “fine nominee.”… Continue Reading

Gone Fishin’

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Sorry for the lack of substantive posts recently. I have a four-day jury trial this week. I will return to the blogosphere as soon as possible.… Continue Reading

New Blog Features

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Careful readers will notice that the right side of the blog looks slightly different. That’s because the geniuses at lexBlog have built in some cool new social media tools. If you scroll down slightly, you will see Facebook and LinkedIn badges on the right side of the website. You can click on them to access my profile… Continue Reading

Keenan Nomination Watch: Hearing to be Webcast; Eight Candidates Announce Interest in Potential Opening on SCV

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Justice Keenan, who has been nominated for a seat on the 4th Circuit, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Our friends at The VLW Blog report that the entire nomination hearing will be webcast. Yesterday, Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly reported that eight candidates have alerted the Virginia State Bar that they would like… Continue Reading

Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized

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Tony Mauro at the National Law Journal reports that Justice Ginsburg was hospitalized yesterday after feeling faint in her chambers. She had just received an iron sucrose infusion to treat an iron deficiency anemia. A medical evaluation revealed that she had low blood pressure, which can occur during this treatment. Justice Ginsburg was treated at… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Virginia Releases Opinions

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The Supreme Court of Virginia released 15 published opinions today. For the true appellate geeks/scorekeepers out there, the Court also makes available a list of counsel in cases decided. Our friends at VLW have promised a special Supreme Court edition of their daily alert later this afternoon. We’ll keep you posted. Finally, one of the highlights of opinion… Continue Reading

Gentry Locke Welcomes Tom Bondurant

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As the Roanoke Times reported yesterday, longtime federal prosecutor Tom Bondurant will be joining our firm in October. We are very excited to start working with Tom, who has spent 30 years as a federal prosecutor, the last nine as the Criminal Chief Prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office here in town. He was also… Continue Reading

Justice Keenan Nominated to Fourth Circuit

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On Monday, President Obama nominated Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Barbara Milano Keenan to fill one of the vacancies on the Fourth Circuit. The White House press release is here. Our friends at the VLW Blog have the story, as does WaPo and, by now, everybody with Google Reader. Not much to add. It’s hard to… Continue Reading

Update: Audio from Citizens United Now Available

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As a follow-up to our earlier post, the audio from today’s historic oral argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is now available on C-Span. Here’s the link. Further update: And here is the transcript, courtesy of PBS via our friends at SCOTUSblog. Dahlia Lithwick has a neat discussion of the argument at Slate.… Continue Reading

Chief Justice Hassell to Miss September Session

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The VLW Blog reports that Chief Justice Hassell was hospitalized recently with an infection and will not participate in the Supreme Court of Virginia’s oral argument session next week. The story is here. One of the Court’s senior justices will likely sit in for him during his absence. We wish the Chief a speedy recovery, and are… Continue Reading

Early Release of Citizens United Audio from SCOTUS

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Here’s some exciting news: the Supreme Court will release the audio from Wednesday’s argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission “shortly after the conclusion of the argument.” SCOTUSblog has the scoop, as well as an argument preview. Citizens United is a major campaign-finance case with potentially serious constitution implications. You might remember it as the case about Hilary:… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Virginia Issues Two Unpublished Orders

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A little something to tide you over until the Supreme Court of Virginia hands down its next set of opinons on September 18th: on Friday, the Court unpublished orders in two cases. One, D.R. Horton, Inc. v. Zambrana, deals with prejudgment interest. The other, Higgs v. Director, Dep’t of Corrections, is a habeas case. Credit… Continue Reading