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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Ethics rules for mediators retooled, comment sought (access required)

Regulations that govern certified mediators in Virginia would have more teeth under changes now under consideration. Among the changes is a provision that would allow the Supreme Court’s Division of Dispute Resolution Services to immediately suspend mediator certification if a ...

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The arbitration wave (access required)

Alternative dispute resolution has changed the legal landscape dramatically in the last 15 years. Mediation is now commonplace in law practice. Lawyers who thought they would never use mediation, or even resisted the process, are now sitting at the mediation ...

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‘Dad’ succeeds in effort to undo default support (access required)

A man who provided a “nonexistent” New York address for process in a child support case has overturned a default judgment for over $26,000 in support arrearage. A Fairfax Circuit Court had ordered registration of the Washington state default judgment ...

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Obituary (access required)

Thomas P. Harwood Jr. Thomas P. Harwood Jr., a retired Richmond attorney and a former member of the State Corporation Commission and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, died Sept. 27 at his retirement home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was ...

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After 30 years, prosecutor Bondurant changes sides (access required)

Thirty years of working to put criminals behind bars in the rough-and-tumble world of Southwest Virginia can leave you with a lot of stories. It also can leave you with a lot of mementoes. Tom Bondurant’s office at the U.S. ...

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Kelo: four years later (access required)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Weeds, glass, bricks, pieces of pipe and shingle splinters have replaced the knot of aging homes at the site of the nation’s most notorious eminent domain project. There are a few signs of life: Feral cats ...

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Government-documents company acquires social network (access required)

GovDelivery, the world’s leading provider of government-to-citizen information, has acquired GovLoop, the top social network for the government community. GovDelivery provides information and documents, using an online platform, to people and groups who want to monitor government developments matching their ...

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VSB revokes lawyer accused of trust account violations (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has revoked the law license of a Grundy attorney accused of taking at least $200,000 from the trust accounts of the estate of a Buchanan County physician. A preliminary hearing for David Eugene Cecil, 58, has ...

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VSB withdraws LEO on third-party Web sites (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Legal Ethics has withdrawn LEO 1851, which would have found it unethical for an attorney to participate in some third-party Web sites. Publication of the draft drew opposition from the operators of some sites, ...

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