Andrew McRoberts

Andrew McRoberts

Sands Anderson PC

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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 - Dillon's Rule 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 - Involuntary Commitment Mental Hospitals Permits Special Exception Permit 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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