Virginia Lawyer Magazine - February 2011

Volume 59/Number 7


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Litigation Section

Section Sponsors, Promotes Programs for All VSB Members
by Robert L. Garnier, chair

Five Myths about Immunity of Governmental Employees
by Roger T. Creager and Thomas J. Curcio

Common Interest Doctrine in the Fourth Circuit
by J. Michael Martinez de Andino and M. Thomas Andersen

Knowledge Is Power: A Review of the American Arbitration Association’s Rules for Construction Disputes
by Kristan B. Burch

Your Answer, Please
by Travis J. Graham



Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr.
In Memoriam
Local and Specialty Bar Elections




President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Conference of Local Bar Associations
Young Lawyers Conference
Senior Lawyers Conference
Law Libraries
Consultus Electronica
Bench-Bar Relations


Letters to the Editor
Benchmarks: Judicial Changes
Book Review
Professional Notices
Classified Ads
Crossword Puzzle

Access to Legal Services
Pro Bono Ceremony Blends History with Celebration

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The Spottswood W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige Jr. Federal Courthouse opened in 2008. The seven-story structure is home to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia’s Richmond division, the Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. Trustee’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Marshal Service, and the General Services Administration. The GSA’s design goal for the building was to reflect “the importance of the federal courts in society and the dignity, enterprise, vigor and stability of the American government.” It is named for two federal judges who were key in the legal struggle for racial equality. Photo by Bill Dickinson of Sky Noir Photography. See more of his work at