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Court strikes down Voting Act’s preclearance formula

Invalidating a key Civil Rights era statutory provision designed to stop efforts to impede blacks from voting in the nation’s southern states, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the preclearance coverage formula under the Voting Rights Act, ruling that it ...

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VSB Annual Meeting News

Owen receives Tradition of Excellence Award Midlothian lawyer W. Joseph Owen III received the 2013 Tradition of Excellence Award from the VSB’s General Practice Section on June 15. Owen is a general practitioner whose work has been enhanced by his ...

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Local bar groups earn Awards of Merit

The Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations holds an Awards of Merit Competition each year to recognize outstanding public service projects conducted by local and specialty bars throughout the state. The competition is divided into two groups: an ...

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Workers alleging retaliation must meet higher burden

Workers who allege their employer retaliated against them must meet a higher burden than merely showing that the desire to retaliate was one motivating factor, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that vacates a $3.4 million ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On April 23, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District – Section II subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Christopher L. Markham of Frederick, Md., for violating professional rules that govern responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants, unauthorized practice of law, multijurisdictional practice ...

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High court will not hear lawyer’s blog case

The Virginia State Bar can continue to enforce a disclaimer requirement for lawyers who brag about their case results, but lawyers are free to disclose embarrassing facts about clients as long as the information came out in open court. That’s ...

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