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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Large firms in NoVa raise new-lawyer pay to $160K (access required)

Starting salaries at large firms across the commonwealth have skyrocketed to record amounts in the past year, topping 2006 rates by as much as $35,000. Today’s law degree could be worth as much as $160,000 to a newly minted graduate ...

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Mandatory malpractice insurance still on table (access required)

Mandatory legal malpractice insurance is still an issue for the Virginia State Bar. Given a choice between abandoning discussion of the issue and directing the VSB’s Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice to come up with a proposal or proposals for ...

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Congrats to the New Lawyers! (access required)

A hearty “Cheers!” to the 1,081 successful candidates who took the Virginia Bar Examination. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners reported that some 1,502 people sat for this July’s exam in Roanoke. Do the math and you’ll find a pass ...

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Panel seeks input on counterclaim change (access required)

A Supreme Court advisory committee is seeking comment on whether the court should adopt a compulsory counterclaim rule. Historically, Virginia has treated all counterclaims as “permissive,” so that a defendant has had no obligation to plead counterclaims, even if the ...

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Products Liability – Reconditioned Paint Sprayer – Warning Label (access required)

A Home Depot store is not entitled to summary judgment in this products liability suit filed by a man who injured his hand and ultimately lost a finger after using a reconditioned electric paint sprayer purchased by the man’s father-in-law ...

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Oliver Hill’s Legacy: The next 100 years

When civil rights giant Oliver W. Hill died Aug. 5 at age 100, the Richmond chapter of the Old Dominion Bar Association already was looking forward to the “Next Hundred Years.” For several years, the Richmond chapter’s flagship program has ...

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4th Circuit not up for ‘reading tea leaves’

Maybe a defendant convicted of drug conspiracy deserves a break because most of his crack distribution occurred during the three-year period before he turned 19. But what if the defendant, “K-Smooth,” was one of the few members of the 30-odd ...

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You can sit down now, counsel

The Virginia Court of Appeals did some line-drawing yesterday, and let criminal defense lawyers know there is at least one case that should not have drawn a Rule 5A:18 argument. Defense lawyers know the power of the contemporaneous objection rule, ...

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You can sit down now, counsel

The Virginia Court of Appeals did some line-drawing yesterday, and let criminal defense lawyers know there is at least one case that should not have drawn a Rule 5A:18 argument. Defense lawyers know the power of the contemporaneous objection rule, ...

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