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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 …


Fourth Amendment and No-Fly List Developments

In previous posts, I discussed recent developments in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence (see, e.g, here, and here) and the due process and liberty interests related to the No-Fly List (see here).  Over the last two days the Supreme Court and a federal judge in Oregon issued major rulings that further build on these developments. First, today the Supreme Court issued an opinion in Riley v. California (opinion here) banning the police practice of conducting warrantless searches of cell phone data.  In a unanimous ruling, the court held that the police may not, without a warrant, search digital information in a cell phone that has been seized fromRead More …


Defendant Asks for Relief After USMC Searches Defense Counsel Offices

Following an unusual CID search of military defense counsel offices in Camp Pendleton, CA, earlier this month, the Marine Corps launched an independent review to determine whether the search was appropriate and whether it compromised other defense cases that were caught up in the search.  The independent investigator found no evidence of impropriety. Nonetheless, the fallout continues both in public opinion and in on-going litigation of other current cases. As the AP and the Marine Corps Times report, a defendant in a Camp Pendleton hazing case asked the judge last week to remove his attorneys or alternatively toRead More …