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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Involuntary commitment rules proposed

The Supreme Court of Virginia’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Court is seeking comment on a proposed Part 9 of the rules that would establish procedures for involuntary commitment proceedings. The committee also wants comment on civil procedure recommendations from ...

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Retired Justice Stephenson dies

Retired Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr. died last night in Covington. He was 89. Justice Stephenson served on the court from 1981 until 1997 and was active as a senior justice until 2009. A native of ...

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Some Emails Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege (access required)

After in camera examination of a series of emails and other documents that circulated in defendant company, and considering whether in-house counsel appears to be discussing business or legal issues, a Richmond U.S. District Court magistrate judge orders disclosure of ...

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Fairfax Bar adds Rule of Law component to Court Tour effort (access required)

The Fairfax Bar Association will incorporate aspects of the Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law Program to augment the Court Tour program the Fairfax Bar Foundation has offered county eighth graders for more than a decade. FBA volunteer lawyers will ...

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Jury says property for Norfolk courthouse is worth $13.4M (access required)

A federal jury has awarded $13.4 million to the developer of the failed Granby Tower site so the property can be used for a proposed $104 million annex to the Walter E. Hoffman Courthouse. The government initially paid $6.2 million ...

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Judicial independence is heart of the system (access required)

Dear Editor: I have read with interest and dismay your May 23 editorial entitled, “A trap hidden in plain sight.” I find it reprehensible that four delegates, who are members of the House Courts of Justice Committee, would go so ...

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Two lawyer discipline cases contrasted (access required)

Dear Editor: Two articles about lawyer discipline in your May 9 issue stand in remarkable contrast to each other. In the first article (“Leesburg lawyer disbarred in Md. for forging papers”), you report that a lawyer tried to help a ...

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