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Lawyers Became Firefighters On Sept. 11 (access required)

On Sept. 11, Paul H. Melnick was summoned to the front lines of the worst disaster he had ever seen. He had been answering e-mail in his Falls Church law office, where he shares a general civil practice with his ...

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Tate Elected To ATLA Post, Mulls Top Job (access required)

Abingdon plaintiff’s attorney Mary Lynn Tate has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and she is contemplating a run for the presidency of the 56,000-member organization. “It’s something I’ve been asked to ...

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Six Banks Risk Ability To Have Trust Accounts (access required)

ABINGDON — Six banks that do business in Virginia are on the verge of losing their certification to handle lawyers’ trust accounts. The banks include Chase Manhattan — one of the largest depositories of trust accounts in the Northern Virginia ...

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VSB To Terminate Its Broker Of Health Plan (access required)

ABINGDON – The Virginia State Bar has taken steps to respond to a cost crisis in health insurance for solo and small-firm lawyers, by giving notice that it will terminate the contract of the long-time broker of its endorsed health ...

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One Father's Story From September 11 (access required)

The morning of Sept. 11 was perfectly lovely in Richmond. F. Claiborne “Jay” Johnston Jr. had just gotten to work, and was heading up in the elevator to his law office at Troutman Sanders Mays & Valentine. Someone asked him ...

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Kilgore, McEachin Trade Barbs In Richmond Dust-Up (access required)

Jerry W. Kilgore and A. Donald McEachin are running for top lawyer of the commonwealth. The two met for their second face-to-face debate last week, appearing together before the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association. Lawyers in the audience looking the ...

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Report Says Jury Use Is On The Wane (access required)

The next time you see a jury, you might want to take a picture. Jurors are a dying breed in Virginia. In 2000, the number of juries impaneled in circuit courts fell by 14.9 percent from the previous year, continuing ...

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MDP Should Be Allowed, Panel Will Recommend (access required)

Multidisciplinary practice should be allowed in Virginia with rules in place to ensure that lawyers remain independent and keep confidences when they share practices with non-lawyers. That is the recommendation emerging from the MDP Commission after a year of studying ...

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Unlisted Lawyer Not Liable Under CRESPA, VSB Says (access required)

A lawyer who was not listed as a real estate settlement agent on a HUD-1 settlement form cannot be liable for failure to register under Virginia’s Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has ruled. ...

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Mr. Glasser goes to the ABA (access required)

Virginia State Bar President Michael A. Glasser, who hammered out his collections and creditors’-rights practice in the lower courts of Virginia, went to bat for the workaday lawyer during the summer meeting of the American Bar Association in Chicago earlier ...

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