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Lawyers jump on DUI case (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 handed down Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, a case holding that laboratory analysts generally must appear in court rather than submit their findings through a sworn report. Lawyers in Virginia with drunken-driving clients were citing ...

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Work of ’09 Assembly became law July 1 (access required)

Exercise of a constitutional right to petition the government or misuse of the judicial process for political gain? Substitute Judge Westbrook J. Parker saw misuse, but the Virginia General Assembly saw exercise of a constitutional right and overwhelmingly adopted legislation ...

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Page County attorney seeks to head VSB in 2011-12

George W. Shanks, an attorney in Luray, says he wants to be president of the Virginia State Bar in 2011-12. So far, he is the only candidate for the position of president-elect designate. Lawyers who have been members of the ...

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VSB to FTC: Go away

Virginia State Bar President Jon D. Huddleston sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission today objecting to the inclusion of lawyers among those subject to regulation under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) of 2003. The Red ...

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Diversity Conference is approved by the VSB (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia State Bar Council has approved the creation of a Diversity Conference but stopped short of giving it the full status enjoyed by the bar’s other three conferences. Creation of the Diversity Conference, the key initiative ...

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Huddleston: Publicize ‘good works’ of lawyers on YouTube (access required)

Jon D. Huddleston, the new president of the Virginia State Bar, chafes at lawyer jokes. “My experience has been that it’s the lawyers who are involved in the community,” the ones who deliver fruit baskets at Christmas, wield hammers and ...

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Council to Assembly: Make UPL a felony (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—The Virginia State Bar Council will ask the General Assembly to make the unauthorized practice of law a felony if the misconduct results in economic harm. Under the proposed legislation, UPL would become a Class 6 felony when someone ...

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Judge Marilynn Goss gets 2009 ‘Excellence’ award (access required)

Volunteering to see legal aid clients in the evening while trying to start a law practice seemed like a good idea when Marilynn C. Goss finished law school and passed the bar exam in 1982. Money soon became available to ...

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