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VSB seeks to regulate non-licensed in-house lawyers (access required)

A person need not be a Virginia-licensed lawyer to work as an in-house corporate counsel in the commonwealth. On the occasions — albeit rare — that someone calls the Virginia State Bar with a complaint that an unlicenced corporate counsel ...

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Lawyers Now Must Deal With Mail Delay Problems (access required)

Alexandria lawyer Frank W. Dunham Jr. has noticed a marked decrease recently in the volume of mail he receives. When he does get mail, it usually has taken a couple of extra days to reach his office, he says. Even ...

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Lawyer Turns In License After Charges From Jailed Client (access required)

Robert Stanley Powell, a well-regarded Arlington criminal defense attorney and a former federal prosecutor, has surrendered his law license after being charged by the Virginia State Bar with embezzlement of almost a quarter-million dollars in client funds. Powell was accused ...

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Judges Talk, Swap Notes On Lawyer's Schedule (access required)

A Suffolk Circuit judge has sentenced Norfolk lawyer William P. Robinson Jr. to 10 days in jail with five suspended, after finding him in contempt for failing to appear at the trial of a client charged with cocaine possession. Judge ...

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Preparing Your Office For A Scare Over Anthrax (access required)

As Virginia workplaces face the possibility of close-downs from anthrax scares, lawyers should make sure they have their offices prepared to temporarily set up shop elsewhere. That means having business interruption insurance and a system for downloading bookkeeping and timekeeping ...

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Virginia Lawyers Will Be Answering Military Call (access required)

When the Virginia Beach office of Williams Mullen Clark & Dobbins hired Michelle A. Hughes and Timothy W. Dorsey to join its litigation team, it knew it was getting people skilled in investigation and analysis. In addition to their law ...

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High Court Okays More Open Process For Discipline (access required)

Starting Jan. 1, the public will be able to look up the dockets of Virginia State Bar district disciplinary committees — including the names of lawyers who are slated for hearings. That change toward earlier public disclosure of attorney discipline ...

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High Court Declines The Appeal On Appointed Pay (access required)

A Richmond lawyer’s hope that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a constitutional challenge to Virginia’s low court-appointed pay scheme was dashed last week, when the high court declined to hear his test case. Steven D. Benjamin of Richmond had ...

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Lawyer, Set To Be In Two Courts, Faces Contempt (access required)

A lawyer who failed to show at his client’s state court trial on Sept. 21 because he had a conflicting federal court appearance now is facing a show-cause hearing on contempt charges before the state judge. The case serves as ...

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Other Bars Offer Aid To VSB (access required)

The legal global village has embraced Virginia, as lawyers nationwide offer their help in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon in Arlington. Almost immediately after the attack, the Virginia State Bar began receiving mail from ...

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