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VSB seeks comment on Morrissey reinstatement

The Virginia State Bar wants to know what you think about the fitness of Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, to practice law. Morrissey has petitioned the VSB to restore his license, which was revoked in April 2003, and a hearing on ...

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Alexandria bar’s ‘Gridiron’ spares no one (access required)

ALEXANDRIA—Everybody’s a target. As Douglas Steinberg, director of the Alexandria Bar Association’s annual Gridiron fundraiser, puts it, “We make fun of people we like, and we make fun of people we don’t like.” Not that it’s but so easy to ...

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Mandatory IOLTA effort stalls

Proponents of reinstating mandatory IOLTA as a tool to raise money for legal aid appear to have stumbled at the first step. The Supreme Court of Virginia approved mandatory IOLTA, the acronym for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, on a ...

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Federal Judge Williams dies

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams, a founder of what is now McGuireWoods LLP and a federal judge for more than 30 years, died at his home on Feb. 19. He was 87. A native of Morrisville, Judge Williams ...

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House wants more Supreme Court candidates (access required)

A press release from Del. Dave Albo, chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, underscores the uncertainty surrounding the replacement of two justices on the Supreme Court of Virginia – and for filling possible lower courts vacancies as well. ...

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Vandeventer Black goes coast to coast

Norfolk-based Vandeventer Black LLP has opened a two-lawyer office in Pasadena, Calif. Managing partner William E. Franczek said the firm has a major client on the East Coast that also has a West Coast operation and opened the office as ...

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Family law group’s bills are advancing (access required)

Three bills backed by the Virginia Family Law Coalition, including one that would overturn a Supreme Court decision from last April, are working their way through the General Assembly with little opposition. The Supreme Court opinion, Gilliam v. McGrady (VLW ...

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