Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Miscellaneous Matters

Today is "interview day" at the General Assembly for prospective judges looking to fill vacancies throughout the state courts in Virginia. Tomorrow is selection day.

This article describes Delegate and attorney Donald McEachin's pursuit of a master of divinity degree. Oh, and he has three daughters, too. A nice article, but I'm wondering, where does he find the time to do all that? I feel like a slacker.

An article referenced on SW Virginia Law Blog opines on whether Virginia judgeships are "for sale." Another article that doesn't provide any specific alternatives, and that certainly cannot make an allegation that unqualified judges are being appointed. Political contributions do not make a judicial candidate unqualified (unless, of course, the judicial candidate is a substitute judge whereby the contributions would be improper).

University of Richmond law dean Rod Smolla is taking the same job at the Washington & Lee School of Law.

As an academic pursuit, the Capital Defense Weekly blog has an analysis of the ethics of blogging. Fortunately, the short answer is, keep your clients and their cases out of your discussions and you should be okay.