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Proposal On 'Inadvertant' Disclosure Is Rejected (access required)

ROANOKE – You’re reviewing a letter from opposing counsel in a case. Before you get very far, you realize you have been cc’ed on a confidential document you were never supposed to see. What are your obligations? Under a proposed ...

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Pro Se Study Panel Looks At 'Unbundling' (access required)

Virginia’s court system, faced with more and more pro se litigants, is looking at “unbundling” of legal services as one solution to make legal help more affordable. Unbundling – the offering of discrete legal services, such as filling out forms ...

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Building A Law Library From The Ground Up (access required)

You’re just out of law school, starting a practice, and money is tight. Where do you start building your law library? Virginia Lawyers Weekly posed this question to public law librarians and attorneys in private practice. Bobbie Denny, librarian for ...

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AG Lays Off 10 Lawyers, 51 Total (access required)

The Virginia Attorney General’s Office has laid off 51 employees, including 10 lawyers, in response to a 15 percent cut to its budget by Gov. Mark Warner. The layoffs represent about 20 percent of the office’s workforce, counting employees at ...

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'Wills For Heroes' To Be Launched In Arlington (access required)

A program to provide simple estate planning for Arlington County’s “first responders” — firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers — is on the verge of being launched by volunteer lawyers. If “Wills for Heroes” is a success, it might ...

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VSB Budget Committee Begins Work On Trimming (access required)

The Virginia State Bar — whose leaders two weeks ago argued that the agency’s self-supporting special-fund status protects it from the budget ax that is cleaving other state agencies — now is preparing for the possibility it might not get ...

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Court Clerks, AG's Office Hit Hard By Budget Cuts (access required)

Virginia’s budget crisis soon will take a toll on the legal system. In delivering his package last week for cutting $858 million from the state budget, Gov. Mark R. Warner has ordered Virginia’s circuit court clerks to cut 11 percent ...

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Lawyers Helping Lawyers To Offer Mental Health Aid (access required)

Lawyers Helping Lawyers, the volunteer-based program that assists attorneys and judges with substance abuse problems, is preparing to expand its program to include mental health services. At the same time, LHL plans to move out of the Virginia Bar Association ...

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Warner Taps Bellows For Fairfax Seat (access required)

Randy I. Bellows, who as a lawyer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria has been involved in some of the highest-profile espionage and fraud cases of recent years, has been appointed to a circuit judgeship in Fairfax. Gov. Mark ...

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Will Budget Cuts Reach The VSB? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is carving into what its leaders describe as muscle and bone to respond to Virginia’s $2 billion budget crisis. But leaders at the Virginia State Bar are feeling relatively insulated from any potential cutbacks. The ...

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