Va. attorney general says transgender student policies comply with anti-discrimination laws

BY: - August 24, 2023

In response to a request by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Attorney General Jason Miyares released an official advisory opinion today concluding the state’s model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students comply with federal and state anti-discrimination laws and reiterating the administration’s stance that school boards must adopt policies in line with them. “It is my […]

Federal judge considers stay in abortion case affecting Montana, Kansas and Virginia

BY: - August 24, 2023

A federal judge in Virginia will likely stay – or pause – a case regarding medical providers and mifepristone, a drug commonly used as part of chemical abortions, because of similar challenges in Texas and Washington. Groups from Virginia, Montana and Kansas had filed the suit in the Charlottesville division of the U.S. District Court […]

Abortion pill to stay on the market until U.S. Supreme Court ruling after appeals court order

BY: - August 16, 2023

WASHINGTON —  A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the abortion pill can stay on the market, but it agreed with a lower court that ultimately use should revert to prescribing and dosage instructions that were in place before 2016. That appeals court ruling will immediately be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides […]

Va. appeals court says wine shippers need license for every shipping location 

BY: - August 15, 2023

The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that wine shippers who buy wine from different wineries that then box and ship orders on to Virginia customers must get a state license for every location involved in the chain.  The decision overturns an earlier ruling by Richmond Circuit Court that found California-based company VinoShipper only needed […]

4th Circuit dismisses remaining two Mountain Valley Pipeline cases

BY: - August 11, 2023

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed two long-standing legal challenges against the Mountain Valley Pipeline Friday, citing its lack of authority to hear the cases following the passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act earlier this year. The dismissals mean the project, which was temporarily halted by the latest legal challenges, can continue. “Here, […]

Judge dismisses federal lawsuit over firing of former Nottoway election official

BY: - August 1, 2023

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over the contentious firing of former Nottoway County Registrar Angela Stewart and another election official who worked with her, ruling that city and county electoral boards function more as state bodies rather than local ones. Stewart, who had served as Nottoway’s registrar for 28 years before being removed from […]

Court rules Virginians can’t be charged with fleeing police if officers are too far away

BY: - July 25, 2023

The Virginia Court of Appeals overruled a man’s misdemeanor conviction for fleeing from police after ruling the Lynchburg police officer who attempted to make the arrest didn’t get close enough to the suspect to have a realistic chance of grabbing him.

Virginia Court of Appeals says probable cause alone isn’t enough for warrantless search 

BY: - July 6, 2023

After a Culpeper deputy searched a woman who concealed drugs in her pants during a traffic stop, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled law enforcement must have more than probable cause to suspect someone is carrying contraband in order to search that person without a warrant.  “Under the Fourth Amendment, probable cause of contraband is […]

Virginia GOP leaders praise affirmative action ruling, schools vow to keep pursuing diversity

BY: , and - June 29, 2023

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin Thursday praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision striking down affirmative action at higher education institutions. “Today, after the Supreme Court’s ruling, we are closer than ever before to ensuring that an individual’s future opportunities are unlocked based on the trajectory of their potential, their aspirations and the quality of their […]

Supreme Court rejects independent state legislature theory in North Carolina case

BY: - June 27, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected North Carolina Republican legislators’ argument that the state courts cannot review laws legislatures pass governing federal elections. Republican legislators claimed the Elections Clause in the U.S. Constitution makes legislatures the sole state authorities on federal elections law,  including congressional redistricting. Critics said the high court’s endorsement of the independent state […]


The fall of affirmative action in higher education and the coming workplace revolution

BY: - June 15, 2023

By Faith Alejandro & Cullen Seltzer In the coming days, the Supreme Court of the United States is poised to decide the fate of affirmative action in higher education. Employers in Virginia, however, should pay attention to the Harvard and University of North Carolina cases now pending, as the Students for Fair Admissions alleges that […]

Bribery conviction upheld for Va. man who offered town $500 to back gaming machines

BY: - June 7, 2023

The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld a bribery conviction Tuesday for a Southside Virginia convenience store operator who offered the town of La Crosse a $500 monthly donation in exchange for officials’ support for gaming machines at his business. Businessman Mamdoh Abouemara was appealing his 2021 guilty conviction in Mecklenburg County, arguing prosecutors hadn’t sufficiently […]