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Cap On Fees For GAL Work Is Proposed (access required)

Lawyers who serve as guardians ad litem for child custody and protection cases would face a cap on fees of $395 per case, under a budget amendment being considered by the General Assembly. Experienced GALs say the proposal, if approved, ...

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7 Names Surface For Appeals Court Slot (access required)

The names of at least seven potential candidates are being floated for the Virginia Court of Appeals vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jere M.H. “Mac” Willis Jr. Willis has advised the Supreme Court that he will leave in ...

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Roanoke Lawyer Turns In License (access required)

A Roanoke lawyer has surrendered her law license, a week before ethics charges were to be heard on charges arising from lawsuits claiming she took hundreds of thousands of dollars from an estate for which she was administrator. And in ...

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Two Judges In Southwest Fail To Gain Reelection (access required)

Two Southwest Virginia judges have failed to win reelection and a third withdrew his name at the last moment, in the face of opposition to his serving another term. However, Alexandria Circuit Judge Alfred D. Swersky was reelected to an ...

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Banks Could Gain An Edge Over Lawyers For Closings (access required)

A group of Virginia real estate attorneys is alarmed by a proposed bill they say would allow banks to pay “kickbacks” to their loan officers for referring real estate closings to the bank’s own settlement services. The change as described ...

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Betts: VBA Vows It Will Be 'Even Better' (access required)

In Richmond during the Depression, there was a recurring joke among lawyers: “How’re you doing?” “Well, I’ve got two $5 cases and a little one.” J. Edward Betts knows that story because his father, now 91, practiced in Richmond during ...

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VBA Ponders Issue Of 'Balance' For Lawyers (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG — When Harrison-burg lawyer Phillip C. Stone became president of Bridgewater College, he asked himself, “What does it mean to be educated in this time and this culture?” He concluded that the true test would come 30 or more ...

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Tip: Depositions Require Both Strategy And Courtesy (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—Wyatt B. Durrette Jr. recalls a deposition last summer in which the defending lawyer was at his wits’ end with a verbose client. “His client seemingly could not give a short answer. He just had to talk,” Durrette of Richmond, ...

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N.C. Bar Ends Its Admissions By Comity (access required)

Virginia lawyers who fantasize about hanging a shingle in North Carolina’s Outer Banks now will have to jump through more hoops to realize their dream. North Carolina is no longer offering reciprocity to Virginia lawyers. Under the old system of ...

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Roanoke's Strickland To Retire In October (access required)

Diane McQ. Strickland, the Roanoke County Circuit judge who presided over the state’s first drug court, will retire on Oct. 31 to become a mediator. Hers is one of eight judgeships — including a seat on the Court of Appeals ...

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