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Firms can't draw from retainer after writ is served on assets (access required)

Two law firms improperly paid themselves fees from a retainer after a writ of fieri facias on the client’s assets was served on the sheriff, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled earlier this month. The issue arose after Hung-Lin Wu ...

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Placement news not always great for the bottom 90% (access required)

Most law school applicants and students know that they are unlikely to get the $160,000 that the largest New York and Washington law firms are paying first-year associates. That kind of money typically goes to only the top 10 percent ...

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High court seeks comment on amendments to Rule 8:4 (access required)

Proposed new Comments to Rule 8:4 are underscored below. The Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking any additional comment on these changes as it reviews the amendments, approved by the Virginia State Bar Council last year. Please send 10 copies ...

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Lawyer doesn't contest malpractice finding (access required)

A Richmond lawyer did not contest a trial judge’s finding that he committed legal malpractice and breached his fiduciary duties, but he contended on appeal that his liability was not a basis for the $3.2 million in damages the judge ...

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Longtime court dispute resolution director leaves (access required)

Geetha Ravindra, director of dispute resolution services at the Supreme Court of Virginia for 11 years, has left her state position to form her own business. Ravindra plans to offer mediation, consulting, training services and parent education classes. During her ...

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Dems take the Senate, several seats in House (access required)

Democrats won control of the Virginia Senate last week, taking four Republican seats in Northern Virginia and the Tidewater area as they continued a recent winning streak in a once reliably Republican state. In the House of Delegates, Democrats won ...

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Execution date set for woman on death row, appeals likely (access required)

An execution date has been set for the only woman on Virginia’s death row, but it likely will be rescheduled while the case makes its way through federal courts, officials said last week. A Pittsylvania County Circuit judge has scheduled ...

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Arlington man imprisoned in Virgin Islands released (access required)

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US VIRGIN ISLANDS—An American retiree imprisoned in the British Virgin Islands for fishing without a license was released last week, according to the governor of the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands. Richard Baker, a 54-year-old former police officer from ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Oct. 19, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended the Virginia law license of Bonar M. Robertson of Glen Dale, Md. According to the VSB, the suspension was based on a decision of the Court of Appeals ...

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Lawyers could use undisclosed recordings (access required)

Last year the Virginia State Bar Council approved amendments to one of the Rules of Professional Comment to allow a lawyer to use an undisclosed recording to investigate and develop a client’s case, under certain circumstances. Although the amendments, in ...

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