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VSB dismisses ethics charge against Bryant (access required)

The attorney for Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attor-ney Harvey L. Bryant III had a succinct explanation for the dismissal of an ethics complaint filed against Bryant by the city’s nine circuit judges. “It is not against the rules to say something ...

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Get to know these three: Arial, Courier, Verdana (access required)

The issues are complicated and you need every one of the 50 pages the Supreme Court of Virginia allows for an appellate brief. You choose the font that the court uses for its opinions, Courier, even though it looks hopelessly ...

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The Death of the Billable Hour? (access required)

Some law firms unchain first-year lawyers from its requirements For years, experts have predicted the imminent death of the billable hour, but for some first-year associates, the predictions are finally coming true. Starting this year, Atlanta-based Ford & Harrison completely ...

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Prior plea agreement bars murder charge (access required)

A drug defendant’s murder conviction has been reversed because his earlier plea agreement barred his prosecution for the murder. Interpreting language in a standard plea agreement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 4 in U.S. v. Jordan ...

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LeClairRyan to merge with N.J.-based firm (access required)

Richmond-based LeClairRyan will merge at the end of the year with a 45-lawyer firm with offices in Manhattan and Newark, N.J. Gary D. LeClair, chairman and co-founder of LeClairRyan, said Seiden Wayne LLC has “a great financial services practice” that ...

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A thing without feathers

Hope, Emily Dickinson famously once wrote, is a thing with feathers. The new logo for the College of William and Mary is a thing without feathers. The NCAA decided the two feathers on the school’s previous logo were “hostile and ...

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So you’re 18…

There are 18, count ’em, 18 candidates seeking two soon-to-be-available circuit judgeships in Chesapeake. One seat is open now, following the appointment of Judge S. Bernard Goodwyn to the Supreme Court of Virginia last month. Judge Frederick Creekmore will be ...

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Disciplinary charges against prosecutor dismissed

A Virginia State Bar disciplinary subcommittee has dismissed a complaint by Virginia Beach circuit judges that Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant III violated legal ethics. Bryant announced the dismissal Saturday at the same event that led to the complaint—a Republican ...

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Supreme Court tightens up on documents

Enough of that squished-together Times New Roman typeface already. That’s one possible reading of the thinking of the Supreme Court of Virginia in amending its rules on “Forms of Briefs and Other Papers.” Or it may be that they just ...

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