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Waiving in: Supreme Court floats new rules on admission of out-of-state lawyers (access required)

Debate continues in Virginia legal circles over how the state should regulate lawyers who “waive in” to Virginia practice without taking the bar exam. Lawyers who take another state’s bar exam can gain admission to the Virginia State Bar “on ...

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Creditor may pursue farm, despite disclaimer (access required)

A business dispute that arose in the steam plant of the University of Richmond is now playing out in the rural landscape of Halifax County. A contractor’s dogged pursuit of an electrical engineer who allegedly botched an industrial job at ...

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Surgeon perforated plaintiff’s bowel three times during surgery – Confidential Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 65-year-old woman, scheduled routine surgery to repair a recurrent ventral incisional hernia at a local hospital. The defendant surgeon told the family that he would utilize a laparoscopic approach, unless he encountered significant intraoperative complications, at which ...

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Former candidate gets VSB reprimand

Former Congressional candidate Wayne Powell, who lost to Rep. Eric Cantor, has agreed to a reprimand for his handling of litigation arising from workplace injuries The complaint, which came to light during Powell’s campaign against Cantor,  accused the Midlothian lawyer ...

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Report criticizes Va. judges on child abuse cases

Only a small percentage of suspected crimes against children are prosecuted in Virginia, and very few of those cases result in meaningful prison sentences, a child advocacy group says in a new report. The National Association to PROTECT Children sent the ...

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DWI Prosecution Barred After Reckless Conviction (access required)

A defendant’s general district court conviction of reckless driving bars his felony prosecution for DWI, fourth offense, arising from the same single-car accident, and the Court of Appeals reverses defendant’s conviction on a conditional guilty plea. The circuit court denied ...

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McDonnell proposes funding for 15 judgeships (access required)

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget for fiscal year 2014 includes funding to fill the 15 neediest Virginia trial court vacancies – with one exception – according to raw caseload numbers from the Supreme Court of Virginia. McDonnell proposes to fill five ...

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The lawyer’s holiday gift list for 2012 (access required)

For the past eight years, attorney and author Reid Trautz has compiled an annual list of gifts specifically suited for lawyers. The following excerpts are taken from his latest offerings of good cheer to the legal community. • Approach the ...

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