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VSB wrestles with issue of online member directory (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—Just how comprehensive should an online Virginia State Bar directory be? Or should there even be one? Members of VSB council had varying responses to those questions at its meeting earlier this month at the Boar’s Head Inn. VSB Executive ...

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Hassell: Questions about family court still remain (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. has told the Judicial Council that he is wrestling in his own mind about the proposal to create a family court for Virginia. He said he supports the concept of a family court. ...

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Retrial of wrongful death case ups verdict to $3.5M (access required)

Sorrow, mental anguish and solace count much more in a wrongful death case than financial support. That’s one lesson from the case of Tamara Mabini. Another is that reversal and remand aren’t always favorable to the defense, said Thomas K. ...

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Lawyer leads race to get NASCAR hall (access required)

To fans who say Virginia needs a major league sport, Josh Lief has a quick answer: “We’ve got one.” It’s NASCAR. And Lief would be among the first to say that a major league sport needs a hall of fame. ...

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Representing churches and the clergy (access required)

The First Amendment is always in the background when church-related employment issues arise. Moreover, “a careful balance between the human perspective and the legal perspective is very important,” says Carrie D. Willard, who joined the Richmond firm of Macaulay & ...

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Lawyer gets $1.8M in med-mal case retrial (access required)

A retrial of the case that produced one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in state history has resulted in a much smaller number but the same practical effect. In April 2003, a Fredericksburg Circuit Court jury awarded $6.5 million ...

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Judge Bumgardner to retire after eight years on Court of Appeals (access required)

Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph Bumgardner III will retire Dec. 31. Bumgardner noted that his term expires next year and said, “It seems appropriate to step down at this point.” He is the second court of appeals judge to ...

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Appellant must post bond, despite note (access required)

A deputy clerk’s notation that an appeal bond was “0” did not relieve an appellant of his obligation to post bond within 30 days of an adverse support ruling in juvenile and domestic relations district court. As a consequence, Chesterfield ...

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Shelton named first federal P.D in W.D. (access required)

Larry W. Shelton, supervisor of the Norfolk federal public defender’s office since it opened in 2001, will be the first federal public defender in the Western District of Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appointed him to the ...

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Bankruptcy lawyers ponder getting paid under new law (access required)

Among the many challenges the Bankruptcy Abuse Preven-tion and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 presents for lawyers is perhaps the most basic one: how to get paid. Not only does the law, which takes effect today, require so much more ...

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