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The Military’s Role in Civilian Investigations

The Ninth Circuit recently published an interesting opinion highlighting the increasing role military investigators play in some civilian prosecutions. In United States v. Dreyer, the appellate court held that military investigators violated Posse Comitatus by providing direct assistance to civilian law enforcement. The Posse Comitatus Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1385, prohibits Army and Air Force military personnel from participating in civilian law enforcement activities unless authorized by law.  Department of Defense regulations and case law extend the prohibition to the Navy and Marine Corps. While Posse Comitatus is often discussed whenever the military provides assistanceRead More …


Check before you fire your employee

For most small businesses the hiring and firing processes bring some of the business’s trickiest and most important moments. On the one hand, hiring an employee, while bringing legal responsibility and potential legal liability, is a positive sign of growth and potential for the business. On the other hand, firing an employee may be one of the most difficult decisions the business makes and it can be fraught with potential legal issues. This blog post only discusses issues relevant to the firing process. One of the most common small businessRead More …


Military-Spouse Attorneys Gain Opportunity for Provisional Admission in Virginia

As a belated update to this post, the Supreme Court of Virginia recently adopted Rule 1A:8, which provides provisional admission to military-spouse attorneys who meet specified criteria.  The Rule is designed to ease the transition for attorneys who move to Virginia due to their spouse’s active-duty military orders.  While Virginia often proves reluctant to allow attorneys to waive into the Commonwealth, this is a welcome rule that is targeted to attorneys that are admitted to another state bar but may not live in Virginia long enough to justify taking the Virginia bar otherwise. Provisional admission isRead More …