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VSB seeks comments on larger Executive Committee

The Virginia State Bar has announced a comment period for a proposal to increase the size of the VSB’s Executive Committee from 13 to 16 members. The suggestion for a bigger EC emerged from the debate over adding a representative ...

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Lawyers can’t get driver information to solicit clients, says high court (access required)

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Lawyers who wanted to use drivers’ personal information to solicit new clients for consumer lawsuits could not rely on an exception to a federal privacy law, the U.S. Supreme Court said June 17. The “litigation exception” in the Driver’s Privacy ...

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Collector must turn over Civil War sword

A Norfolk federal court has ordered a private collector to return a Tiffany presentation sword to Brown University, from where it apparently was stolen prior to 1977. In 1863, 50 prominent citizens of New York presented the Tiffany silver sword ...

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Jackson fined for late loan disclosure

(AP) The State Board of Elections has fined Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson for waiting too late to disclose a $25,000 loan to his campaign. Charlottesville lawyer Donald Lee Woodsmall gave Jackson the loan on May 8. Jackson reported ...

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Court orders new lawyers for death row inmate

New lawyers must be appointed for a Virginia death row inmate convicted in the bludgeoning and stabbing deaths of a Richmond couple and their two daughters, a federal appeals court ruled June 7. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. ...

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J. Bankhead Davies (access required)

J. Bankhead Davies, who practiced law in Arlington County for more than 60 years, died May 12 at his home in Fairfax City. He was 96. Mr. Davies founded the law firm of Douglas & Davies with Lawrence Douglas in ...

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Joe S. Ritenour (access required)

Attorney and entrepreneur Joe S. Ritenour died June 7 after suffering a heart attack at his Leesburg office. He was 62. In addition to his 37-year law practice, he was active in civic service, real estate and development and the ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On April 26, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to David A. Downes of Front Royal for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property, according to the VSB. * * * Effective June 7, ...

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Preliminary breath tests okay for non-driving cases

A roadside alcohol breath test may be inadmissible for charges of driving while intoxicated, but a similar preliminary breath test should be allowed in court for other alcohol-related cases, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says. In a June 7 official opinion, ...

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