Andrew McRoberts

Andrew McRoberts

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Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 4, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on June 4, 2015 during its June term. This term resulted in two opinions affecting Virginia local government law. These opinions addressed defamation alleged from statements by a...more

6/23/2015 - Arbitration Beachfront Properties County Planning Commissions Defamation Easements Email First Amendment Hiring & Firing Property Owners Public Officials Termination Tortious Interference VA Supreme Court

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – April 16, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions this morning during its April term. This term resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local government law. Opinions addressed evidence in a condemnation case, interpreted...more

4/17/2015 - Appeals Appraisal Case Consolidation Condemnation Criminal Prosecution Evidence FOIA Power Plants Preemption Property Valuation Transmission Lines VA Supreme Court

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – February 26, 2015

This term resulted in two cases which, in our opinion, affect Virginia local government law.  One, decided by order, deals with the effect of a failure to name a necessary party (a governing body) in appealing a BZA decision....more

2/27/2015 - Administrative Appeals Appeals Hiring & Firing Public Employees Retaliation

T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell – Contemporaneous Reasons Needed for Denying Cell Towers

On January 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell. At issue was the breadth of the requirement in 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B)(iii) of the Telecommunications...more

1/16/2015 - Cell Towers Municipalities Operational Permits SCOTUS Substantial Evidence Standard T-Mobile T-Mobile South v City of Roswell Telecommunications Act of 1996

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: January 8, 2015

Happy New Year! The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions yesterday, its first term for 2015. This term resulted in cases which, in various ways, deal with the authority of government entities (Workers Compensation...more

1/12/2015 - Administrative Authority Jurisdiction Public Entities State and Local Government

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on Halloween this year. A complete coincidence, but I do hope that nothing in this term’s opinions has scares you! This term resulted in two cases related to...more

11/3/2014 - Attendance Parental Rights Public Schools School Districts

Seven Attributes of Good Local Government Leadership

As a long-time local government attorney, I have had the opportunity to study local government officials a lot. Over the years, I have sat on the dais or in the meeting room or in a conference room and examined the traits of...more

10/23/2014 - Leadership Local Governance

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 12, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions Friday morning. After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term resulted in two both...more

9/15/2014 - Law Enforcement Police Public Employees State and Local Government Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour Wages

Town of Greece v. Galloway: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Law on Legislative Prayer and the Establishment Clause

Today, the Court handed down its ruling in Town of Greece. In a sweeping ruling, the Court upheld the local government’s religious invocations in a 5-4 decision. The ruling pretty dramatically and explicitly broadens the...more

5/6/2014 - Establishment Clause First Amendment Prayer Public Schools SCOTUS

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 17, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions yesterday morning. After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term’s opinions are a...more

4/18/2014

Nervous Time for Localities: The General Assembly Is In Session

It happens in January, every year. The General Assembly convenes and considers all manner of bills that localities support or oppose. And localities get nervous. More nervous than most Assembly-watchers, I say....more

2/26/2014 - Legislative Agendas State Budgets

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law January 10, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion)...more

1/13/2014 - Sovereign Immunity Urban Planning & Development

Standard for a BZA to Grant a Variance Little Different Than Expressed In Cochran: Martin v. City of Alexandria

When the Virginia Supreme Court issued the opinion in Martin v. City of Alexandria on June 7, 2013, it gave some guidance of the current state of the legal standard for a Board of Zoning Appeals to grant a variance. This...more

11/21/2013 - Undue Hardship Variances

The “ABCs” of Vested Rights in Zoning

Recently, I spoke to a group of local government officials and staff and other interested persons on the history of vested rights in Virginia, the recent vested rights cases decided in 2012 and 2013, and the state of the law...more

11/19/2013 - Land Titles Property Owners

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law October 31, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion)...more

11/1/2013 - Department of Transportation Local Ordinance State and Local Government

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law September 12, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): PKO Ventures, LLC v. Norfolk Redev’t &...more

9/13/2013 - Condemnation Property Owners State and Local Government Transfer Taxes

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law - June 7, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website)...more

6/10/2013 - Mental Hospitals Permits Standing Variances

After Many Years, US Supreme Court Again Takes On Legislative Prayer

Cullen D. Seltzer, Esquire, litigator and colleague here at Sands Anderson PC, recently shared his report about a key legislative prayer case going to be decided by the United States Supreme Court. Given the number of...more

5/29/2013 - Establishment Clause First Amendment Freedom of Religion Prayer Religion SCOTUS

Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law, January 10, 2013

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued one opinion affecting Virginia local government law. Congratulations to the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville! The Local Government Attorneys of Virginia supplied an...more

1/12/2013 - Commercial Leases Declaratory Judgments Justiciable Controversy Subject Matter Jurisdiction

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