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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 6:23 pm | Updated: 8:50 pm, Sun Mar 24, 2013.

The prospect of graduating with six-figure debt and dwindling job opportunities has sent prospective law school applicants running for other disciplines in record numbers. But Charlottesville's public defender isn't worried about hiring the next generation of attorneys; he's worried about hanging onto them once they get there.

James Hingeley just lost one of the staples at his Third Street Northeast office to a better-paying position at the University of Richmond, and he says it isn't the first time low wages have helped drive away talented employees.

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