Remembering American Litigator, Litigator of Virginia Courts

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Tributes are pouring in for Bettleina Plevan, the litigator who drove legal history in Virginia by revolutionizing the consent decree process.

She passed away at the age of 75 Monday night in Prince William County.

Plevan “came up through the ranks in the Virginia State Bar’s family legal practice before making the decision to teach law,” her obituary said.

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She taught for the University of Virginia Law School for over 35 years, specializing in class action, tort law and other general law topics.

Though she was a popular teacher, a veteran of the Virginia Legislature and a nationally-recognized litigator, she was also a “subconscious patriot” who held onto her American flag at every public event she attended.

Class size at the law school was supposed to be about 40 students, but she offered a special graduate program because of the high attrition rate.

Holly Mansfield praised Plevan for her desire to effect change in her field of law.

“She was a trailblazer,” Mansfield said on “Fox & Friends.” “She was a lawyer whose legacy will live on for generations.”

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