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VTLA's First Small-Firm Conference A Big Success (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE – John C. Shea, a former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, had come here to talk about law-firm marketing, but as he looked out over the crowd he realized the VTLA had been pretty successful in its ...

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Urbanski Tapped For Judgeship (access required)

Roanoke lawyer Michael F. Urbanski has been selected by the federal judges in the Western District to be the new U.S. magistrate judge for the district. After a background investigation, Urbanski will succeed Glen Conrad in the position. Conrad is ...

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Receiver Hopes To Pay All ANLIR Claims In Full (access required)

Virginia’s insurance commissioner is forecasting that the assets of Reciprocal of America are adequate to pay the claims of the company’s hospital policyholders, and there may be money left over to pay its creditors, including American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal. ...

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Plaintiff Must Get Permission To File Any Further Suits (access required)

A former attorney who filed multiple lawsuits pro se on behalf of himself and his mother’s estate has been told by a Richmond Circuit judge to ask the court’s permission before he files any more suits in the case. Judge ...

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'Check-Off' For Legal Aid Proposed For VSB Invoices (access required)

Virginia’s statewide legal aid organization, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, wants to give lawyers an official way to make a voluntary contribution to legal aid. LSCV has proposed that a contribution line be added to the annual Virginia State Bar ...

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Firm Can Keep Part Of Fee If Lawyer Leaves (access required)

Where a lawyer leaves a firm and carries contingency-fee cases with her, it is not unethical for the old firm to receive a portion of the fee from the cases, under a new rule adopted by the Supreme Court of ...

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Bar Relief Group Faces Biggest Challenge Yet (access required)

Victims of Hurricane Isabel, like those of other disasters in recent years, will be able to get pro bono legal help through the Virginia Emergency Legal Services Program. The widespread devastation, which has disrupted power and communications through much of ...

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Computer System For VSB Needs Money (access required)

If the Virginia State Bar is looking for ways to spend down its substantial reserve, one possibility looms – the agency is going to have to inject more money into its computer project to get it off the ground. The ...

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VSB's Reserve Grows To Over 37 Percent (access required)

Seven years after the Virginia State Bar slashed lawyer dues and launched a spend-down to reduce a huge reserve, the reserve has skyrocketed back up to 37.58 percent of the VSB’s operating budget. As of June 30, the bar had ...

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Judge: Pay Sanctions Or Close Your Law Office (access required)

A Manassas plaintiffs’ lawyer ordered in 2001 to pay $22,000 in sanctions to defendants in a medical malpractice case must pay up by the end of this year, or he must close his law office in the 26th Judicial Circuit, ...

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